The kitchen with roll-under cooktop and sink and 9" toe kicks and 5 ft aisle ways.

Life Happens

Life Happens

During his 8 years as a Real Estate Ryan Belshee has invested all his energy into helping families throughout the Portland Metro Area realize their dreams of home ownership. Fulfilling as this was however Ryan wanted to do more for his community. When the market declined in 2007 Ryan finally saw his chance to take hold of his dream and invested all of his families’ savings into a 1,700 square foot condominium in Beaverton with the hopes of building a home that could help people with mobility issues.

The war in Iraq has injured thousands of our soldiers and forced a new challenge on their lives. Men and women have returned home to their families with wounds that will require them to live in a whole new way. Baby boomers are reaching an age when getting up and downstairs is a daily challenge and with the rising amount of people needing radiation treatment to treat their cancer, a home without barriers is needed more now than ever.

As his aging grandfather had a paralyzing stroke, his mother needed a wheelchair for months during the recovery of a broken ankle and his father who had only two years ago walked the entire length of America from Mexico to Canada suddenly was bedridden from a herniated disk, Ryan realized that life is a very fragile thing and no matter what age you are things can happen to your body unexpectedly requiring extra amenities to get you through the day. For years Ryan had been keenly aware of this need as his mothers best friend of more than 20 years was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in her early 30’s.

Without the ability to walk for more than half her life, she has needed the help of friends and family to move comfortably about her home. Door slabs were removed to accommodate the wheelchair a ramp was built up to the front door and another in the back of her home incase of a fire. Grab bars help out in the bathroom but on the whole the living situation is less than ideal. When Ryan told her of his plan she was overwhelmed with emotion that someone who is completely able bodied would invest time, energy and money into a project for someone like her that could really use this type of home.

There is a large community of people living throughout the Portland Metro Area that have had sudden unexpected life changes that could really benefit from life in a low maintenance, barrier free home with all the modern conveniences without needing to spend 1,000’s if not 100,000’s of dollars to repair their current home or be placed in assisted living. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. While a home won’t change that life now has some new challenges it shouldn’t be a hindrance of living either. Ryan’s hope is that his efforts will not be in vain and that the home he and his wife spent 2008 and part of 2009 in building will be found by someone who really needs all that if has to offer. Everyone deserves to be free to live regardless of the little bumps that are thrown in our ways.

If you know of someone who could benefit from a home like this please pass this message on. Information and photos can be found online at: and Ryan can be reached anytime via cell phone at: 503.997.2298 for a private showing. If you happen to already be using an agent in our home search please refer them to MLS # 9031764.

The US government grants assistance to for persons living with disabilities and veterans to aide them in affording a home set up to accommodate special needs. More information about these grants can be found here:

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Anonymous says ... on Monday, Aug 24 at 10:03 AM

Looks like a sweet place, amazing that you built it for people like me even though you are not disabled.

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