We support both local suppliers, contractors and hardware stores. We love supporting small, family-run businesses like our own. 


When possible, we always strive to use 100% Eco-Friendly products while cleaning and renovating our apartments. We also offer composting at all of our properties. 


We pride ourselves in taking adequate time to complete thorough renovations while using the highest quality products. Our apartments feature stainless steel appliances and real hardwood floors.

My girlfriend and I made our first home at Finer Court and we had a great experience. We loved the neighborhood and everyone in the building was very nice. We also really enjoyed the communal garden in the back and the landscaped courtyard. Erica and John were great landlords, responsive to all our needs as tenants and very approachable.
— Kevin Hanzlik, Finer Court Resident 2011-2013

John Swanson


In 1995, John sold his farm in Canby, Oregon and used the proceeds to buy two buildings. Since then, he has slowly grown the business into 5 buildings. John isn't your typical apartment owner. He lives in a small apartment downtown and you can often find him helping out with renovation and maintenance work. John  has traveled extensively in Asia, Central & South America. He speaks Spanish, French and some Mandarin. He enjoys meditating, riding his bike and traveling. 

Giovanny Vargas

Leasing Agent


Jamie Stout

Admin & Accounting

Jamie is Portland born and raised. Jamie handles all of the accounting, office administration, consulting and correspondence with tenants. Jamie is married to her husband Waled, has a daughter, a rescue dog Delilah and chickens. When Jamie’s out of the office, she enjoys camping, hiking, and trips to the Oregon coast.

Max Vargas

Renovation Artist 

Max has been working with Little Beirut Properties for over 15 years. He is as close to family as it gets. Max is in charge of all renovation and maintenance work. If you have a beautifully renovated apartment, it is all due to Max's expertise! If you have a maintenance request, he will tackle it within 24 hours. All of our residents know Max and appreciate his friendly and hardworking demeanor. When Max is not working, you can catch him cheering on his kids at their soccer games or taking a weekend trip to the coast! Max speaks both Spanish and English.

Living here has been a wonderful experience, I couldn’t ask for better neighbors. Also, you and your father have been, without hyperbole, probably the best landlords I’ve had. And I’ll definitely miss the pool. Certainly hope to be invited back for any future shindigs!
— Scott O'Neil, South Crest Resident 2011-2013

Little Beirut Properties Values

1. To always treat our resident as valued clients

2. To price our rents at 80-90% of market value for comparable units

3. To rent to conscientious residents who take special care of our shared living space

4. To facilitate a sense of community within our buildings and among our residents

5. To provide our employees/partners with a welcoming, caring work environment

6. To avoid market speculation while creating enduring value in our properties

7. To help our employees enter the market and grow with us

8. To continually evolve and improve our sense of environmental stewardship. 

9. To have fun and not get too hung up on policies or procedures

10. To find create ways to give back in the form of community service or funding


I lived at Finer Court for four years and would not have left had I not moved out of state. The central courtyard is so beautiful, and my neighbors were friendly. My studio was cozy and lovely. I will miss this place!
— Ollie Lobeck Finer Court Resident 2009-2013