Homes for sale can sometimes be overshadowed by the garden that surrounds them. Take, for example, the Southeast Portland property once owned by the late Oregonian garden columnist Dulcy Mahar.
Four days after it was put up for sale in 2017, an offer was accepted for $50,000 over the $999,900 asking price.
Mahar’s admirers breathed a sigh of relief when the new owners said they planned to keep her double lot united, restore her century-old house and maintain her famous landscape, including her storied “pouting” shed. The new owners said they felt grateful to “live in paradise.”
Here’s another example of a valuable landscape: Annie’s Urban Farm, a self-sustaining, food-producing oasis on a residential, bluff-top lot in North Portland’s Overlook neighborhood sold in April for $46,000 over its $559,000 asking price.
Near the 1941 house, the former owner, the executive…