Eight years ago we moved into a little bungalow on a 1/10th of an acre lot in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood of SE Portland. We put a lot of elbow grease into polishing this house into a loving home.  But the tine has come to start the next chapter with a new homestead.


Our house when we bought it in 2006

We scored big with our new digs! We found a cozy, 1950s bungalow in our favorite neighborhood of Sellwood-Moreland. It’s a short walk to visit family, eat out, visit the library, go grocery shopping. I’ll have a short bike commute to work. All in all, less time in the car and more time together.

Our house in 2014

Our house in 2014

But now to answer the biggest question: what’s the yard look like? Another blank slate! A cozy house means a big yard – lots of room for fruit trees, berry bushes and a vegetable patch.

The garden I'm leaving behind

The garden I’m leaving behind

I’ve built, tended and then move away from many gardens over the years. Saying goodbye to this garden is a bit heart-wrenching. But at the same time, I am over the moon about the challenge of starting over. I learned so many lessons on our last homestead and I know this next one will be even more incredible.

Our new house – ready for transformation into a homestead

So fasten your seat belts friends as we turn another house into a flourishing homestead. It’s going to be a wild ride!

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Written by Renee Wilkinson