Although Portland is most associated with the Craftsman-style house, inspired by the anti-industrial Arts and Crafts movement and introduced before the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, architects have delivered a variety of styles to the area.
Here are a handful of unique homes on the market or recently sold, from a Victorian-era townhouse to a remodeled manufactured home on Hayden Island.
Midcentury modern: Portland architect William Fletcher isn’t as well known as his contemporaries John Yeon, Pietro Belluschi and John Storrs, but they all shaped the Northwest Regional Style decades ago and forever endeared the look of modernism using local wood, stone and glass.
Fletcher only designed a limited number of dwellings, but they continue to be appealing because of their graceful geometric forms, highly livable layouts and carefully positioned windows and skylights that draw in natural light.
The late architect is also credited with advancing modernist tenets of open floor plans and efficient kitchens.
One of his rare residential works, at 6130 S.W. Thomas St. in Southwest Portland’s Bridlemile neighborhood, was put on the market on Aug 17. An offer was accepted Sept. 9 through Lance George Marrs of Living Room Realty.
The price: $3.9 million.
The 8,108-square-foot home, commissioned by Portland businessman and art collector Harold Saltzman and his wife, Ruth, was completed in 1969. Read the entire story
New energy-efficient home: Architect Ryan Walsh was offered the chance to design three adjacent houses on land bookended by famous midcentury modern dwellings conceived by Portland architects he admires: The late John Storrs and Saul Zaik.
Walsh could have been overwhelmed by the pressure; instead, he embraced the challenge.
The first of the three Walsh houses has been completed at 6253 S.W. Hamilton Way in Portland’s Bridlemile neighborhood. The Pacific Northwest modern-style home on 0.29 acres is for sale at $1,599,000 through Suzann Baricevic Murphy of Where, Inc
Developer “Rich Hannah and I recognized the design opportunity to have all the houses work together to each’s benefit,” says Walsh of Light House Architecture and Construction in Portland.
The approach: To maximize indoor-outdoor livability as well as privacy, and to instill a visual leitmotif using wood, stone and other natural elements emblematic of the Pacific Northwest, while still creating unique custom homes that “foster sensible family living,” says Walsh. Read the entire story
1880 mansion saved, moved and now for sale: Transporting two halves of a historic mansion through downtown Portland streets grabbed headlines three years ago. The outcome of the taxing, slow move of a shoe baron’s Victorian-era house to save it from the wrecking ball is even more stunning: The three-level structure, on its new triangular lot, is for sale at $1.8 million or for lease through Jim Brunke of Jim Brunke Real Estate.
People traversing Southwest Broadway Drive as it wraps around to meet Southwest Grant Street now have 360-degree visibility of the eye-catching, Italianate building that was put back together on top of a new foundation.
Owners and preservationists Rick Michaelson and Karen Karlsson, with help from Richard De Wolf and his design-build firm Arciform, oversaw the restoration and infrastructure improvements of the 140-year-old house along with its conversion into a commercial space.
Both Michaelson, the preservation developer of Inner City Properties, and Karlsson, a Portland development consultant, have been involved in other successful efforts to stop historic buildings from being demolished.
But “this is the most beautiful, most authentic project I’ve worked on,” says Karlsson of the house at 2177 S.W. Broadway Ave. “And it’s a perfect post-COVID-19 office space” for a boutique company or one downsizing to allow employees to work remotely yet have private offices. Read the entire story
1960s house with modern updates: The 1960s was all about swank. “Mad Men” executives. Frank Sinatra songs. Pre-dinner beverages that required the invention of cocktail tables.
But over six decades, some of the swagger has disappeared and patio parties may be a faded memory.
Yet, the allure of innovative indoor-outdoor living endures and talented designers know how to tease out the best of the era.
Take, for example, a midcentury dwelling at 1240 S.W. Highland Road in Portland’s West Hills.
Modern updates and new technologies have expanded the see-through features throughout the 3,571 square feet of living space.
Transparent walls don’t just seem to erase the boundaries between inside and out, but, thanks to towering, fold-away glass doors, walls disappear.
The 0.37-acre property is for sale at $2.85 million by MJ Steen of Windermere Realty Trust. Read the entire story
Manufactured home with ‘$1 million view’: Before they were married, Hingyi and Julia Khong thought about settling down in a tiny house. Instead, the two, both designers and makers, expanded their dream and bought an old manufactured home desperately in need of do-it-yourself improvements.
By the time the Khongs held their wedding ceremony at their home on Hayden Island, they had replaced the vinyl flooring and shag carpet with white-washed oak they finished themselves.
They laid tile in the kitchen and master bathroom, and removed an ill-fitting add-on that blocked the sight of ospreys, blue herons and bald eagles flying by.
The couple said “I do” inside a glass-enclosed porch with a movable wall that reveals an unobstructed view of the Columbia River and downtown Vancouver, Washington.
“We wanted the house to feel like you’re floating on a cloud,” says Julia Khong.
Six years and career changes later, they listed their “magnificent” mobile home, at 1503 N. Hayden Island Dr. #133, with “a million-dollar view,” for $125,000. Tammy Blackburn of NW Homebuyers is their real estate agent.
An offer was received and the sale is pending.
The Khongs, who recall searching for an alternative to Portland’s costly real estate market, are willing to help with financing. Taxes are about $750 a year. The rent for the space at the Hayden Island Mobile Home Park is $1,047 a month. Read the entire story
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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