Nestled amid lush Northwest greenery, only glimpses of the clean, modern lines of this Forest Heights home are visible from the street. What can be seen from the curb is only a hint of what this 4,855 sq. foot home has to offer but it does highlight one key feature - this home is beautifully secluded.
Open the front door into a gracefully-designed haven of large, light-filled rooms with windows overlooking the vegetation that surrounds the home and connections to the many outdoor living and entertaining spaces on the property. Follow the light, maple hardwood floors that span much of the main floor from the foyer into the welcoming kitchen and den. The wood floors coordinate beautifully with cabinetry built from Anegre, an African hardwood, used throughout the home. These materials, coupled with ample use of skylights, combine to create an airy and luminous atmosphere even on grey Pacific Northwest days.
Originally built by Bingham Construction in 1993 and completely reimagined in 2005, the home was transformed to include modern touches such as horizontal metal slat railings, sleek wood finishes that repeat throughout the home and high-end fixtures that contribute to the overall unfussy modern design. Construction of the addition was done by Hoffman Construction, with architecture by Scott/Edwards and GBD Architecture's Craig Norman the designer, all well-known Portland companies primarily focused upon commercial construction. As a result this home is built incredibly well with thick foundations and a sturdy structure. Often described as being built like a ship, the home is so solid that even Oregon's biggest rain and wind storms barely register inside.
The bright, modern kitchen features a large central island with a white quartz countertop, two undermounted sinks and plenty of room for seating & serving. The Anegre cabinetry has smooth, slab-front doors with minimal handles, creating clean and uncomplicated lines throughout the space. Stainless steel appliances including Wolf double wall ovens, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine fridge, two Asko drawer dishwashers and a five-burner Wolf cooktop with a sleek chimney-style hood blend perfectly with the stainless steel backsplash. Marble countertops add a warm touch to the overall minimal design with light veining that echos the hue of the cabinetry. The inviting brick-walled patio is conveniently accessed from the kitchen's breakfast nook for easy indoor/outdoor entertaining.
The concrete patio just off the kitchen and den is the first in a series of patios and paths that extend down the side and around the back of the home, creating an interconnected series of living and entertaining spaces. Each space is designed to enjoy the manicured yet low-maintenance landscape including Western Red Cedars, Spanish laurels, magnolias and rhododendrons as well as the lush greenway that the property backs to. This is one of the few lots in Forest Heights with enough flat space to enjoy a grassy lawn ideal for pets and sports.
Back inside, just off the foyer on the main floor is the living room with a gas fireplace with built-in shelves and cabinetry on one side. This room and the adjacent dining room overlook the backyard and greenway through a long bank of windows that flood the space with natural light. The dining room is perfect for gathering friends and family with a custom built table that seats 14 and matching buffet. Another patio, ideal for an outdoor dining space is accessible from the dining room. A convenient swinging door makes the dining room easy access from the kitchen but keeps the rooms separate for more formal occasions.
Further down the hall on the main floor is the sumptuous master suite. A tall, vaulted ceiling and access to a private balcony elevate this space to a quiet sanctuary even in a busy household. The ensuite bath is luxuriously appointed with heated marble floors and and elegant frameless glass shower with dual heads. A freestanding oval soaking tub sits in its own private alcove with a floor-to-ceiling window and utterly private view outside. The whole ensuite is paneled in Anegre wood, giving it a warm, modern feel. At the end of the hall on the main level are two large bedrooms that share a beautifully appointed bath and a large laundry room.
A broad set of stairs leads down to the rec room with enough space for a ping pong table and an air hockey table with a kitchenette that includes a Subzero refrigerator and ASKO dishwasher. French doors lead out to a covered patio with access to the grass yard. A large family room, complete with built in shelving and cabinetry with room for a large tv, opens to the rec room making it a great open space for parties. Just beyond the family room is an office with built-in desk and storage and access to the 1,003-bottle wine cellar. The office has extra sound insulation for quiet when the family room next door is being used. At the far end of the lower level is a second master with separate entrance and a private patio. This large bedroom has view of the backyard and a deluxe ensuite bath with marble floors and shower.
Considered one of the best neighborhoods to buy a house in Portland, this location is ideal for commuting, outdoor adventuring at the many nearby parks and enjoying the nearby restaurants and shopping as well as that of downtown Portland. Just 30 minutes from Portland International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown Portland with easy access to OR-217 and US-26, this location is a great hub for travel in multiple directions. Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the United States with trails for running and hiking are a 7 minute drive and the shopping, entertainment and dining of Northwest Portland's 23rd Ave is a quick 10 minutes away.