7 thoughts on “NE 28th Avenue, 1985

  1. Although it is not for sale, 5235 NE 28th Ave. is featured on several current Realtors’ websites with price estimates of nearly $600,000.

    Someone at that address was selling a stove in several ads in The Oregonian in 1943, and in 1950 (Nov. 11, p. 17) the paper ran this ad: “VALUE, $1000 DOWN Open 2-5 5235 NE 28th. White shake, liv. rm., din. rm., nice kitch., 2 bedrms, dn., 1 partly finished up. Bsmt. auto. oil. Good loc. Only $6500” (According to several calculators online, this would be about $70,000 in 2021 dollars.)

    Three years later (April 19, 1953, p. 56) it was advertised this way: “EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY” … Here’s the chance for a small family to get a LOT OF LIVING in a neat and clean CLOSE-IN home at a BARGAIN PRICE.” It follows with a list of rooms similar to the 1950 advertisement, adding “Lovely mod. kitch.” No price is given, though.

  2. Some recent owner(s) have improved the look of the front yard with their choice of plants, small trees, shrubs. One of the large trees on the parking strip was taken out (sometime between 2016-2018) and replaced by some other variety in a slightly different location.
    These old craftsmen style homes are very solid, “homey”, they can really draw you in.
    Coming to Portland from CA in 2005, I was amazed at the number of older homes that didn’t have garages.

  3. “Coming to Portland from CA in 2005, I was amazed at the number of older homes that didn’t have garages.”

    portland was a big streetcar town; even if you could afford a horse and buggy, or later a flivver, they weren’t really needed. my house has an added ‘snout’ garage, built in 1915. right up to the sidewalk. city will not let ‘snout’ people like us do anything to them, as they are too close (or on) the lot line, violating setback rules. getting permitted work done would require expensive hearings, and are not likely to be granted. i’m gonna stack bunk beds and put a hotplate in mine, and call it ‘co-living space.’ that one they’d permit :p

  4. Lots of people owned a buggy. Thats why you find tiny garages on many of these houses. They just rented a horse for the day.

  5. This would have been considered a “modest” home in an affordable neighborhood at any other time in the past one hundred years. $600K estimate for this place!? Incredible. And we wonder why we have a homeless crisis . . .

  6. Regarding the homeless problem that started in the 1980s, government policies played a big role here and in Great Britain (Reagan/Thatcher), and continued disenfranchisement of the “middle-class” reflected by government policies in all administrations from Reagan to the present time.

    Four interrelated dynamics were at play: declining personal incomes, loss of affordable housing, deep cuts in welfare programs, and a growing number of people facing personal problems that left them at high risk of homelessness.

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