Category: Property Sale

1966 Stark Street Storefront for Sale

Located at 8826 SE Stark Street, the former home of Kings Hookah Lounge is for sale. This retail building has upfront parking and large windows extending across the street side of the structure. Just a few blocks east of 82nd Avenue, this location offers highly visible retail space.

The 2,556 square-foot building is listed for $749,995 by SVN Bluestone & Hockley. Before operating as a hookah lounge, Nip & Tuck offered custom pillows, cushions, bedding, drapes, and window treatments from this location. In 1994 a plumbing permit indicated this was a Grocery operated by Aziz Rolman. The building opened in 1966 by owner Bud Flor.

This property offers an attractive retail opportunity. Its parking lot could accommodate outdoor guests or food carts without too much alteration. It will be interesting to see who snatches up this building and what shop will open there.

Garage Demo Leads to Lot Sale

A demolition permit at 8115 SE Yamhill Street makes way for a property split and sale. Permit number 20-188105 seeks to remove the attached garage connected by a breezeway to the 1917 house at this location.

Work is underway at the recently purchased home on Yamhill Street. Glacier Properties LLC bought this double-wide property in July of this year. Lot Confirmation 20-180814 started the process of splitting the property into two separate lots. The garage straddles the future property line between them and needs removal to facilitate separation.

The newly created empty lot is already for sale with a list price of $275,000. A note in the 40-foot by 100-foot lot’s listing states that “Garage demolition [is] in process.”

This undeveloped, standard-sized lot should attract mostly developers. However, a home buyer looking to build something custom could make use of this property. Double-lot sales followed by immediate property splits are becoming more common in Montavilla this year. This example on Yamhill Street is the fifth one in recent months. Look for the new property to be sold and developed soon.

Unbuilt Lot on NE 76th

recent split of the double-wide parcel at 127 NE 76th Ave, has created a full-sized unbuilt lot. Located near the main streets of Montavilla, Remax is listing the property for $240,000. 

The land is in an optimal location near Burnside but setback enough to avoid the sounds of traffic. A house built on this lot should blend into the area. Homes on this street are on 45 foot wide lots. This property is only slightly slimmer at 40 feet wide, allowing the new house to match the dimensions of the surrounding homes. The property has healthy mature trees that will further blend the new structure into the older neighborhood. 

Interested developers or someone looking to build their custom home should consider this property. Contact Mark Piersall with Remax at 503-318-1043 for further information.

Town Storefront for Sale

7850 SE Stark Street is listed for sale by its owner, who operates Electronic Claims Services from this location. Property listings for Stark Street storefronts are uncommon, particularly in buildings centrally located in Montavilla Town.

Constructed in 1946, it was home to bicycle stores for much of its early life. First as Lawrence H. Hook’s Hook Cycle Shop, and later as Mt. Tabor Schwinn Cyclery. This trend lasted until the mid-1980s. In 1998 the current owners bought the building for their business.

This building is one of the old holdouts from a darker time on SE Stark Street. In the 1990s, many storefronts in the area converted to office space, and very few buildings were inviting to pedestrians. With 20 years of curtains drawn and staff entered from the parking lot in the back of the building, it has looked more like a wall than a storefront. Electronic Claims Services is a good neighbor and a Montavilla East Tabor Business Association member. However, their business is exclusively online, and this space is more effective as a retail or food-related establishment.

The sale of this building is an excellent opportunity to activate the front of the building with large windows and a public-oriented business. It is between the theater building and Thatcher’s Lounge. SE 79th Ave ends right at its door, making it one of the most visible structures on the block. Commercial real-estate moves slowly, but soon enough, something interesting should arrive at this location.


Interested buyers should contact Nathan Drake with Marcus & Millichap.

Nathan Drake
(503) 200-2046
nathan.drake@marcusmillichap.com

Wix Insurance Opening on Glisan

Wix Insurance is moving off of SE Stark and into their own building at 7300 NE Glisan Street. The once red brick building on the corner of NE 73rd and Glisan, now features a fresh coat of paint. Inside only cosmetic updates are being worked on.

Already a Montavilla business, Wix Insurance Agency plans to vacate their current Montavilla location at 8037 SE Stark Street. Gabe Kieselhorst, an owner of Wix Insurance, said they hope to have the new location open by the end of June. That timeline is not firm, due to the unknown reopening date for businesses in Oregon. With their lease expiring in August for the Stark Street location, they had to find a new office space. Kieselhorst said that they were excited to find this building for sale, just at the right time.

Kieselhorst lives within walking distance of the building on Glisan. They were looking for an ADA compliant building with parking. This building met all the requirements he could think of.

Kieselhorst bought the building on Glisan Street using the newly formed company, Wix Building Portland LLC. Ronald Laughlin Jr. originally owned the building and used it for his law practice until 2011. That year he started the installment sale of the building, often called a real estate contract sale. The buyer of the building has shifted over time. Recently the buyer was 1st Choice Tax Service, Inc.

7300 NE Glisan Street before painting

Because Wix Insurance does most of its business by appointment, there will not be much opportunity for the public to visit the new office. However they are putting considerable effort into upgrading the exterior appearance of the building. Kieselhorst said they are just happy to stay in the neighborhood and continue to be part of this community.

Updatedthis article was updated with confirmation from the owners about the move. The Original article is below.


Wix Insurance may be moving off of SE Stark and onto NE Glisan. There is good indication that Wix has entered into an agreement to buy the building at 7300 NE Glisan Street.

Ronald Laughlin Jr. owns the building on NE Glisan and used it for his law practice until 2011. That year he started the installment sale of the building, often called a real estate contract sale. The buyer of the building has shifted over time. Recently the buyer was 1st Choice Tax Service, Inc. When called for comment, Laughlin said he had sold the building and the new owner was Wix Insurance.

A Multnomah County property records search shows an amendment for the property, stating the new buyer is Wix Building Portland LLC.

Wix Building Portland LLC is listed the City of Portland Revenue Division new business list, for January 2020. Sean Mcguire is listed as the principal party in the LLC. Mcguire is the Chief Executive Officer at Wix Insurance Agency.

7300 NE Glisan Street back of building with new paint

The distinct, all brick building, is placed tight on the corner of NE 73rd and Glisan. It now features a fresh coat of paint, covering its once natural red color.

What is not know is, if Wix Insurance Agency is going to vacate its current location at 8037 SE Stark Street. It is possible, 7300 NE Glisan Street will become a second Montavilla location or act as an investment property for the company. When reached for comment, by email and phone, Wix Insurance Agency didn’t reply.

NE 80th Townhouses Listed

The two duplexes on the corner of NE 80th and Holladay Street are now listed for sale. They are staged and photographed. The landscaping has been meticulously displayed for maximum curb appeal. They are ready to sell and the question is are people ready to buy.

986 NE 80th Ave is a 3 Beds 2 Baths, 1,166 square foot, two level home. It lists for $409,000.

990 NE 80th Ave is also a 3 Beds 2 Baths, 1,166 square foot, two level home. It lists for $399,000.

8012 NE Holladay Street is a 3 Beds 3 Baths home. It has three levels and a one car garage. At 1,469 square feet, it lists for $474,900.

8016 NE Holladay Street similarly offers 3 Beds 3 Baths and is a 1,469 square foot home. It has three levels and a one car garage, listing for $484,900.

These properties represent the most recent new home construction being listed in Montavilla. How well they sell should be an indication of how stable the housing market will be, coming out of our current economic situation. They seem to be priced right where they would have been in 2019, for this type of housing.

This is a sound approach to real estate at the moment. Portland is different than other parts of the country and there is nothing but speculation as to the outcome of our paused economy. Regardless, these are unique building in the neighborhood and will provide a nice home to their future owners.

APP Site for Sale or Lease

Associated Petroleum Products (APP) has moved out of their fueling facility at 9270 NE Glisan Street. The property is listed for sale or lease by Keller Williams Realty’s KW Commercial. The large lot is listed for a price of $1,295,000. Despite its diminutive appearance from NE Glisan, it is a long property equivalent to six residential lots.

For sale is a 35,000 SF lot with 31,736 SF of highly sought after partially paved and gravel yard. The property is fully enclosed by cyclone fencing, includes two buildings and environmental completion. The front building (2,400 SF) has three total grade doors, a reception area, three offices, a break room, a restroom, and a 600 SF loft. The back warehouse building (864 SF) has one grade door, a cement floor, and three phase electrical. The front 10,000 SF of the property is zoned mixed use commercial. The back 25,000 SF is zoned residential development, or grandfathered in as a truck yard. – KW Commercial’s listing description –

Although this location is well suited to a similar commercial application, its location would be ideal for a mixed use development. This lot would be a challenge to split into separate properties, as it is missing an access road. NE 93rd Ave does not extend across Glisan. This only leaves the option of maintaining a private access to the other lots. If residential development is destin for this location, a subdivision or apartment complex would be a good solution. Additionally the fronting along NE Glisan would allow for the potential to include retail in the development.

Taylor Court Grocery for Sale

The somewhat secret Taylor Court Grocery has existed just blocks away of Montavilla town for nearly 100 years. Located at 1135 SE 80th Ave, this neighbourhood grocery prevailed while almost all others have closed down. Owners Errol and Mel have operated the store since 1996. They are just the most recent operators of the grocery that first opened its doors in 1921. Four months ago the store, and adjoining house, were listed for sale. The combined business and house are listed at $950,000. As of yet, the property has not sold.

Many people have chronicled the history and community contribution of this special store. There is a great public interest in who will buy this property. Finding a buyer who is interested in running the Taylor Court Grocery will be difficult. It is not often that a store can last 100 years in the same location, even more rare for that store to be a low margin business like a grocery. On top of all of that it is not on a main street and best serves pedestrians. It is just as likely to be sold to someone interested in developing the lot for other purposes.

I think everyone hopes that the new owners will see how special the store is and keep it in operation. One way or another, Errol and Mel have done a great job keeping the store going and deserve to pass it along and start their next chapter in life. We will keep an eye on this property, and should the Taylor Court Grocery close it doors, I hope the new owners will let the community save the sign and preserve this part of Montavilla history.

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TBN Site Bought by Metro

The former Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) location, off NE Glisan, has been bought by Metro. 432 NE 74th Ave was owned by TBN for decades and remained closed to the public for most of that time. They operated the location as a broadcasting facility and, outside a few cars in the parking lot, did not have much activity at this site. However the building looks to have sold to Metro according to Portland Maps. This is a massive property, right off NE Glisan between 74th and 75th Ave. It is just over half the block.

At the moment, it is unclear what Metro has planned for this newly acquired property. It is likely they will hold onto the site for a future development opportunity. The wait should not be too long as a recent Metro Request for Proposals, 3727 On Call Property Management Services, lists “Former TBN Site 432 NE 74th Ave Portland Commercial 1.65 (acres) 19,000 (SF) Available for short term lease.” This would indicate that they will want to do something with the property in the next few years, or at least keep that option open.


Updated information about this project can be found here.