Desert in the Pearl

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Desert in the Pearl 

Desert in the Pearl-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Earlier this week before going to the Eagles Concert (OMG, what an event THAT WAS), a core group of us girlfriends (The "BraPack") visited with our girlfriend, Brenda (third from the left),

The Bra Pack 8.27.2014

who just bought a loft apartment with her husband in the much-coveted area called "The Pearl District". Doesn't that even SOUND gloriously upscale?

They moved into The Gregory,

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an amazingly gorgeous Art Decoish building, reminiscent of an old-fashioned Audrey Hepburn hotel in NY. 

I took this first photo outside on her loft balcony, facing the fading sunset. It felt like some desert shot, far far away in a country SO unlike America! 



Her husband told us that they eat out or order in every night and there are five restaurants in the building alone! Not my cup of tea, but they are in their element, surrounded by city life at its finest. 


Art, shopping, and exquisite culinary treats, available out your front door...quite a different life from the broad,open countryside of Fishhawk Lake

The Pearl District is about 90 minutes from Fishhawk Lake, if you want a completely different taste of living--I know the way there and back, just call me!

Gayle C. Rich-Boxman

 REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905

Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club

"Your Gateway to the Lake!"


(Fishing, boating, swimming, wildlife,& so much more!)




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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gayle- I often think it would be fun to eat out or order in every night.  However, theere's something to be said for a home cooked meal.

Aug 31, 2014 07:30 AM #6
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Wonderful area Gayle, and so glad you enjoyed yourself at The Pearl.  I love it when I have a buyer looking for a condo unit there!

Aug 31, 2014 07:43 AM #7
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Gayle, The Gregory in the Pearl District is definitely a lifestyle.  It would not be my choice yet I get that it is for many.  As for eating out or delivery in every night, yikes ... that would get old for me much unlike wearing a bra.

What great fun to share with your girlfriends.

Aug 31, 2014 07:45 AM #8
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Gayle... Great way to spend the day! And, a great hyper-local post. I love the Pearl District and I've been by the Gregory, though it's been a few years. I think it opened in 2000. I'm kind of torn between the country life and the city life so that's why it is I live in the suburbs :O) My dream if it were in Oregon would be to have a home in the country like Fishhawke Lake and a Condo loft in the Gregory. Now that would be something! There are a lot of wonderful restaurants in that neighborhood!

Aug 31, 2014 08:02 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


looks like you are enjoying your weekend.  The pearl is lovely, and like  I could not eat out ever day.  A

Aug 31, 2014 08:32 AM #10
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

It is always fun getting together with friends for celebrations and good times, Cheers!

Aug 31, 2014 08:40 AM #11
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Lisa, it's like living in a hotel, with elevators, grand large entry and  hallways....lovely to visit, but not for me!

Mark, Come visit, but don't stay! (Much like the Governor of Oregon used to say to Californians many years ago...Tom McCall...we still joke about it).

Kathy, I would think that it would get to be terribly expensive! They even talked about taking out their kitchen...crazy idea!

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner I KNEW you'd be all over this--a realtor's dream for the right client!

Kathleen, I would have to have lots of variety and fresh, fresh FRESH food, as I'm a vegie. One has a tendency to gain weight from restaurant food, too. As to the BraPack, we had (and always have) a blast together!!!

Rene~you certainly would get the best of both worlds to feed your creative spirit. We talked about how incredibly small the place is, and Brenda's husband said, "I don't have anywhere to go!"

Alexandra, I actually did this Wed nite....I've been working all weekend with clients. BUT! I will have tomorrow for a canoe ride with my hubby. 

Christine, it was truly one of the most memorable evenings we'll ever have together! 


Aug 31, 2014 09:01 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hello Gayle. I'll bet this is a special area, and one that is fun to visit. I'll remember you know the way.

Aug 31, 2014 09:17 AM #13
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gayle. Sound like you and your friends truly enjoy one another. Hopefully you take some down time this holiday weekend.

Make it a great week!

Aug 31, 2014 08:22 PM #14
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Gayle,

Great, fun post - nice incorporation of play and work! 

Aug 31, 2014 08:50 PM #15
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good way to celebrate the holiday.  No rest for me this weekend.  Got to go house hunting today

Aug 31, 2014 09:25 PM #16
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

The Eagles and The Gregory and Old Friends in one evening. Doesn't get much better than that!

Sep 01, 2014 04:50 AM #17
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I love the way you have highlighted the friendships and the lifestyle of your friend. Now I want to see photos of her loft.

Sep 01, 2014 11:32 AM #18
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

What a great story Gayle. I love the photo, girls night out! 

Sep 01, 2014 12:19 PM #19
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Gayle,

Sounds like a great weekend and the pictures are wonderful as usual. The 'Eagles' have always been one of my favorites.

Sep 01, 2014 01:13 PM #20
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Gayle.  Looks like you had an incredible time with a fun group.  

Sep 01, 2014 09:07 PM #21
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Gayle, for sharing your city life adventures and your photographs. Life is good!

Sep 01, 2014 10:04 PM #22
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The Pearl is quite the address for the urban dwellers. I can appreciate the access to great shops and restaurants - but it's not the lifestyle that would feed my soul. I do love to visit. :)

I heard from some of my radio pals that The Eagles concert was phenomenal - glad you got to experience it with your besties. 

Sep 02, 2014 01:46 AM #23
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

FUN!  I am glad to see this bc I just saw two posts of how busy you were/are!  I love the Eagles!

Sep 03, 2014 12:17 AM #24
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Thank you, one and all for enjoying my "Pearly" experience! I will visit your blogs.

Sep 03, 2014 03:32 AM #25
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