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Downsize my Space is dedicated to discussing, thinking and dreaming about the process of downsizing. Find out the latest about accessory dwelling units, how to age in place, the best in small house interior design, green home ideas, tips for gardening in small spaces and more.

Neighborhood Walks

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The thrust of real estate in Portland Oregon is all about being close to services, parks and transportation, in short a walkable neighborhood with a high score. Walk Score  shows any address in over 3,0000 cities in US, Canada and Australia showing Transit, Bike and Walkable scores. Public transit, better commutes and proximity to the […]

Co-Housing in PDX

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Chuck Durrett, award winning architect and author of Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living, was in Portland last week, I along with 30 other participants attended his half day workshop. SAGE Cohousing Advocates was one of the sponsors. We have a senior housing crisis in this country. Too many older adults are […]

Movin On Down the Road

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Moving Time– Everyone is having a garage or yard sale – so colorful, all the stuff we have accumulated over the years, and than we drag it out on to the sidewalk for someone else to find that special treasure. Today one in four Multnomah county residents is 60 years or older and by 2030, […]

Super Host

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I feel like I am in summer camp. Opening my email I received a Super Host Badge! The Airbnb Community celebrates their hosts who have had outstanding service for a year with a Profile Badge on my site – proving that I am dedicated to superb hospitality! Kinda like a star at the top of […]

Walking the WALK

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Suburbs and Walking When I saw that Tigard, Oregon had a long term vision to be – “the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives”, I was impressed with what moxie a suburban bedroom community of Portland had. Jeff Speck, a city planner […]

Portland ADU Tour Highlights

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Build Small Live Large –  Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour Spring 2015 Sunny weekends always help to draw a larger crowd for home tours and this past weekend proved to be perfect for Portland’s 2nd annual Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour. Home tours are the perfect device to gather ideas, talk to homeowners, experts and see in […]

PDX Accessory Dwelling Tour

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This weekend I am going to meet 1,000 new friends- that will come through my Sellwood Garden Studio for Portland’s Build Small Live Large ADU Tour! This is Portland’s 2nd annual Accessory Dwelling Unit tour, drawing attendees from across the country, showing the surging interest in small housing. There will be local ADU experts – […]

Time for a Face Lift

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How I got started I started my blog downsizemyspace– right size your lifestyle, in 2008 and seven years later it was time for the “face lift” techie remodel, so much has changed and improved with WordPress.   Now the posts are easier to read on all mobile platforms and there is more information about ADUS, […]

Stylin Senior Design

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This past year Michael Graves came to Portland Oregon to defend his iconic Portland Building and when he was done telling his side of history and why the 1982 Postmodernist building should not be torn down, there was a standing ovation. Graves, has left us mortals on earth as he has gone to another galaxy […]

Age Friendly Portland

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It was so appropriate that AARP sponsored a Age Friendly Panel discussion this month in Portland OR, and the room was packed. Being Woman’s History month – it was amazing to learn about AARP’s founder. Metro, Portland’s regional government, predicts that while the regions population will grow by 35% the number of people aged 65+ […]