2098 Crest Drive
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Terry Sprague of LUXE Platinum Properties, the Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, introduces this Luxury Lake Oswego home.
As you travel down the meandering private drive leading to this 7,700 sq. foot Dutch Colonial Hamptons-style home in the exclusive Portland suburb of Lake Oswego, the magic of this location begins to unfold. Built atop Uplands Ridge at the crest of Iron Mountain on the site of the original tee box of the 15th hole of the Chandler Egan- designed Lake Oswego Country Club golf course, the view here is unparalleled.
Panoramic views of Mt. Hood in all its glory from sunrise to sunset and Oswego Lake as it twists through the valley below are the highlights of this property overlooking the stunning Willamette Valley.
Built with both entertaining and family gatherings in mind, this incredible home has five bedrooms, a home theater, wine cellar and gorgeous outdoor entertaining space. The location itself is the culmination of an exhaustive multi-year search which included a letter writing campaign to all residents of the Uplands Ridge area seeking a potential property. Once this perfect location was finally found, the building process took over two years to complete. Known for his attention to detail, award-winning builder Dale Lumpkin assured that every aspect of the home was crafted to perfection. Ultimately, the location and design earned the home a coveted feature in Architectural Digest magazine.
The incredible panoramic view is showcased immediately upon entering the front door. Across the 2-story foyer through the living room french doors open to the bluestone patio, outdoor fireplace and beautifully landscaped grounds beyond. Keeping in mind the inevitable rainy season, the outdoor space includes a covered portion with built-in heaters to keep everyone warm and dry while they enjoy Mt. Hood at sunset.
Back inside, the kitchen is a large and inviting space. The gleaming black walnut floors are offset with crisp white cabinetry and professional grade stainless steel appliances. The huge marble island is the perfect gathering place for parties and lazy weekend breakfasts with the family. A black, white and grey mosaic tile backsplash adds contrast and interest over the six-burner range. Huge windows in the breakfast nook fill the space with light and provide another vantage point for the incredible view. Open to the family room, the space is the likely heart of the home where family and guests will congregate. The family room’s ceilings have hearty white beams and french doors that lead to the covered patio. A cozy stone fireplace is flanked by inviting window seats and more crisp white built-ins bookshelves and cabinets.
The formal dining room is accessed from the kitchen through a butler’s pantry/wet bar complete with glass-front cabinets and a custom-built display space for collectables or china and crystal. Tray ceilings and a sparkly crystal chandelier help define the dining room as the perfect location for holiday meals and celebrations.
Across the foyer through a set of double doors, is a beautiful light-filled suite with vaulted ceilings, rustic wood beams and a full-height stucco fireplace. Though this room is ideally suited for a main-floor bedroom with attached bath, it could also be used as a cozy library or music room.
Just down the hall is the masculine study paneled in beautiful high-gloss African mahogany with built in cabinetry and bookshelves. French doors lead to a private balcony overlooking the back yard.
Upstairs, the 1,250 sq. foot master suite is the size of the entire home that originally sat on the property. Enter the space though a grand set of double doors into a comfortable seating area with a gas fireplace. It’s the perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning or a good book in the evening. Through an arched opening is the bedroom with arched ceilings and more incredible views from its private balcony. The spacious master bath has a soaking tub, glass-walled shower and dual vanities. Even the walk-in custom designed closet has a view of Mt. Hood.
There are two additional spacious bedrooms upstairs, each with it’s own walk-in closet, en suite bath and window seats. A large bonus room with skylights rounds out the second floor.
A partially finished wine cellar awaits the perfect finishing touches downstairs in the daylight basement. The adjacent home theater room is complete with a bar furnished with a dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave. Blackout shades provide the perfect ambiance for family movie time. Finally, a lovely bedroom with it’s own private entrance is ready for the arrival of guests.
This home, inspired by the simplicity and sophistication of Hampton’s style, is a comfortable and welcoming space. It’s a home where you can relax and enjoy the view while feeling far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It’s a sanctuary from our stressful days that feels far away from the city while being conveniently close to it. Just minutes from the restaurants, golf, boating and many community activities of Lake Oswego and a short drive to downtown Portland, this location is unparalleled in both its beauty and pragmatism.
For more information please reach Terry Sprague at Terry@luxecir.com or 503-459-3987.
1900 Twin Points Road, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Incredible historic Lake Oswego lakefront icon on 2.1 acre peninsula with views for miles in 3 directions. Bright blue handmade ceramic tile pagoda-style 6,776 sq. ft. home with a blend of Asian and Frank Lloyd Wright influences. Equally iconic Oshatz designed studio/boathouse reflecting movement of the water and Kurisu Japanese garden landscaping. Top sight on lake with swim deck and boat dock. Built on historic Mary S Young homestead.
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A Taxing Issue
This article accompanies Smart Money.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
While some relocating employees — particularly millennials (born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) — are initially excited to be handed a lump sum of money to spend as they see fit, they often are dismayed to discover that such allowances are treated as taxable income.
According to Jeff Ellman, president and co-founder of UrbanBound, lump-sum allowances usually are taxed around 40 percent. In other words, a $10,000 lump sum is really only worth $6,000 to the employee.
To alleviate the tax burden on its employees, Walmart Stores Inc. tax-assists its lump-sum relocation benefit, says Kandi Kelley-Pritchett, system, payments and compliance manager for Walmart’s corporate relocation shared services. However, companies have to be careful when determining what expenses they tax assist or they may inadvertently “gross up” excludable benefits. (For instance, payments for household-goods moving services made directly by an employer to the moving company are excludable and do not need to be reported by the employee to the Internal Revenue Service.)
“If you give somebody a lump sum and you tax-assist it and part of that lump sum was meant to be used for household goods, you’re giving them more than they really need,” says Donna Barber, manager of consulting solutions at Cartus Corp. “A better approach is to carve out the household goods because of the excludability for income and then give them a lump sum to cover taxable travel and living expenses, like house hunting, temporary living and return trips home.”
More employers are relying on lump-sum allowances to cover relocation expenses, but is it really wise to expect employees to go it alone?
During the booming 1990s, relocating an employee typically entailed a full-service package that covered every facet of the move, from selling a current home and buying a new home in the destination city, to travel expenses and temporary living costs, to household-goods packing, shipping, storage and unpacking. Conventional thinking was that such an all-encompassing approach resulted in the greatest likelihood of a successful transition for the employee and his or her family.
Now, however, with the cost of a full-service relocation hovering just under $70,000, according to Cartus Corp., a Danbury, Conn.-based global relocation-management company, a growing number of organizations are incorporating lump-sum allowances into their relocation policies. Thought to encourage savings by empowering employees to play a more active role in the management of their relocation, lump sums are a relatively simple concept that involves giving an employee a pre-determined amount of money to pay for some or all of the costs related to his or her move.
While just 42 percent of companies rely on lump sums to cover the entire cost of a relocation, 55 percent use them for miscellaneous expenses and 47 percent use them for travel expenses, according to the Atlas Van Lines’ 46th Annual Corporate Relocation Survey, issued in 2013. A smaller percentage use them for temporary housing, household goods shipping and storage, and rental or real-estate assistance.
Granted, lump-sum relocation allowances are nothing new. They initially rose to popularity in the early 1980s, but then fell somewhat out of favor as organizations adopted a more administratively heavy approach that entailed accounting for every penny spent. In recent years, though, lump sums have become popular once again, as the economic downturn had employers looking for ways to trim relocation costs. Lump sums are an attractive option because they give the employer the ability to control costs and are far less administratively cumbersome than a full-service move, both for the company and the employee.
“Employees are able to utilize funds in a way that best meets their needs and are not required to submit expenses for reimbursement,” says Jill McDonald, vice president of policy consulting for SIRVA Inc., the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based global mobility service provider delivering integrated relocation and moving solutions. “This, in turn, reduces companies’ needs for accommodating exception requests and managing expense reimbursements.”
In 2009, Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart Stores Inc. replaced its “very administrative reimbursement-only policy” with one that incorporates a lump-sum component into every tier, according to Kandi Kelley-Pritchett, systems and payments compliance manager for corporate relocation. That’s across four domestic policies, one Canadian policy and one expat policy. The rationale for the change, says Kelley-Pritchett, was to “become more efficient and more consistent across all of our levels.”
At Walmart, lump sums are granted to all relocating employees, regardless of level, although Kelley-Pritchett, without offering any details, does concede that “the level determines the amount.” The retail giant offers a miscellaneous lump sum, intended to cover what Kelley-Pritchett calls “the miscellaneous incidentals that could occur that aren’t covered elsewhere in the policy, like pet shipment or driver’s licenses,” and a temporary housing lump sum intended to cover housing and rental-car costs for up to 30 days.
According to Kelley-Pritchett, lump-sum allowances are a powerful attraction and retention tool.
“Associates don’t want to have someone tell them how to spend their money,” she says. “It allows them to have that free will, to know that their incidentals are covered, and it helps us maintain relevance because a lot of companies are using lump sums.”
Yet, along with their rise in usage comes a growing concern that lump-sum allowances place too much responsibility in the hands of employees, who are often not equipped to make the best decisions when choosing a vendor or budgeting money. But helping them with these decisions can also open up another can of worms. Just how much assistance can an employer offer without mitigating the autonomous nature of the lump-sum concept? Are lump sums even a good idea in the first place? Employers, and their HR and relocation leaders, have many complex issues to address in this fluctuating arena.
A Dangerous Trend?
Despite their growing inclusions in relocation policies, not everyone is sold on the concept — at least not as it’s commonly deployed. When used properly, lump sums are “an extremely effective form of reimbursement,” says Jeff Ellman, president and co-founder of UrbanBound, a Chicago-based web-enabled relocation-services provider. However, the way most companies are using them, Ellman says, makes them fraught with problems. He goes so far as to label their use “a dangerous trend.”
“Companies generally drop the ball at the same spot in the hiring process — they give the new hire a lump sum of money and wish them ‘good luck’ with their move,” says Ellman. “Most people don’t know what to do with this lump sum of money, so they end up feeling let down by the lack of relocation support.”
That lack of support is compounded by the fact that lump sums are disproportionately granted to young, inexperienced hires. According to an independent study by Cartus, 62 percent of lump-sum recipients are renters, singles and college recruits. These young employees are the least equipped to manage the funds wisely.
“The irony is that lump sums are being given to the population that’s least experienced with moving,” says Michael Krasman, CEO and co-founder of UrbanBound. “Your more senior-level executives have often moved many times before, so they already know what goes into it and they may even have some assistance in place for how to handle certain tasks, but they are going to get a fully managed move through a relocation company.”
At the same time, the lure of being allowed to keep whatever money is left over often leads employees, especially those with little moving experience, to rely on budget-priced, less-than-reputable service providers.
“Most lump-sum transferees will pocket as much of the money as possible and make some really poor decisions,” says Ellman. “They’re going to use ‘Billy Bob’s Moving Company’ because it’s the cheapest, but then their household goods are held hostage because it’s actually going to be three times more than they were quoted.”
Autonomy vs. Assistance
To help employees avoid that detrimental cost-cutting trap, some companies have started introducing a concept known as “lump-sum plus.” They give relocating employees access to a network of vetted service providers they can rely on to handle their move professionally, often at a discounted price. However, employers that opt for this approach are going to have to decide whether to require employees to use just those vendors or be allowed to go “out of network,” says Frank Patitucci, CEO of NuCompass Mobility in Pleasanton, Calif.
“The company is trying to negotiate good rates, but on any given day, the employee can go on the Internet and find a better price,” says Patitucci. “Do you want them to do that or do you want them to stick within the approved network? If they go out of network, what kind of liability issues are you going to face? It will be interesting to see how that plays out.”
According to Kelley-Pritchett, Walmart’s approach is a lump-sum-plus one, giving employees access to vetted temporary housing providers and discounted rental cars. Ultimately, however, it’s up to employees to decide which vendors get their lump-sum dollars.
As millennials — those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s — continue to add to the workforce, employers will undoubtedly keep turning to lump sums as a cost-efficient means of moving workers, says Donna Barber, manager of consulting solutions at Cartus. Tech-savvy and craving autonomy, these young adults are the ideal lump-sum recipients — assuming the company gives them the assistance to manage the funds wisely, that is.
“When you look at this next generation, they are great on Craig’s List; they can find all the tools they need and they feel they are a very mobile population,” says Barber. “But you have to ask yourself, ‘What have you accomplished if you just write them a check?’ You have to balance cost and service and find the optimum solution to achieve your mobility goals.”
1865 Palisades Terrace Dr.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
This distinctive estate sits on 1.4 acres of coveted lakefront property in Lake Oswego, one of Oregon’s most desirable addresses. Situated on a bluff high above the lake with breathtaking 180 degree views of Oswego Lake and Mt. Hood, the Estate consists of a gorgeous 8,800 sq. ft. home, saltwater pool, pool house, and boathouse with mahogany dock, kitchen and indoor/outdoor entertaining space.
Thoughtfully built with every detail carefully considered, the home’s beautiful exteriors, with its stone and shake siding, copper accents, cedar shake roof, and lush landscape combine country manor charm with touches of the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty – while offering a sense of what will be found in the home’s stunning interior. Incredible workmanship and details such as the century-old mortise and tenon timber framing, distressed walnut floors, naturally-cooled 1,500+ bottle wine cellar, unparalleled ironwork and one-of-a-kind iron chandeliers have created a home that masterfully blends rustic charm with sophisticated amenities and state-of-the-art technology.
Located on a quiet street, the home’s long, winding driveway is flanked by low, stacked stone walls and lined by mature trees that offer privacy and a sense of anticipation for the residence beyond. Here you feel the expanse of the 1.4 acre property, a rarity in this exclusive lakefront community, and the solitude that it offers.
At the end of the drive, the home is revealed. Natural stone blends harmoniously with the cedar shake siding and roof. Wonderfully eclectic roof lines with copper accents, wisteria covered pergolas that frame the garage doors, and lush professional landscaping enhance the home’s exterior beauty.
Exquisite solid wood French doors open to reveal a sweeping foyer that leads into the formal living room where you’ll take in your first vista of Oswego Lake. As found throughout the home, the living room features intricate crown molding, arched doorways, stunning solid walnut floors in varied widths, and views of the lake. Bay windows look out over the backyard, pool and lake while drenching the room with sunlight. The gas fireplace, one of six in the home, has a custom cast stone surround and mantle that extends the ceiling, adding to its grandeur.
Arched French doors take you to the loggia where you can relax, enjoy views of lake and sip on a glass of wine anytime of year. Authentic stucco exterior walls, blue stone tile floors, stone arches, a custom iron chandelier hand crafted by master blacksmith Berkley Tack, a wood burning fireplace, and a ceiling heater create a relaxing space that you can enjoy on even the coolest of Oregon evenings.
Just off the foyer is entrance to the private guest quarters – a perfect second master or in-law suite. High ceilings, large windows, a beautiful cast stone fireplace and French doors that open to a private patio and courtyard will entice guests to kick up their feet and relax. The en suite bath has double sinks atop an antiqued, solid wood vanity, heated floors – as are found in all the home’s baths – and a spacious walk-in shower. To accommodate future needs, all the walls in this bath have been reinforced for stability or grab bars. The walk-in closet has built-in cabinetry and one of the home’s three laundries. A Sub-Zero mini-refrigerator and a small counter area provide guests with an area to make coffee or enjoy a private midnight snack.
Renowned architect Payden Pritchard, the home’s designer, created a series of four arched doorways starting at the guest suite’s entry through the the foyer and hallway that frames the formal dining room. This “axial” view, as Pritchard describes it, was his way of highlighting a slice of the home’s beautiful architecture. In the foyer, you’ll also view a one-of-a-kind iron chandelier and the main staircase with gorgeous custom iron railing featuring a fleur-de-lis motif – both crafted by Berkley Tack.
The home’s study is the next stop before arriving at the dining room. A coffered ceiling with dark wood beams and crown molding draw your eyes up; floor-to-ceiling, ten-paneled windows draw your eyes out to the front gardens; and gorgeous built-in cabinetry with hammered glass cabinet doors draw your eyes around the room. Whimsical monkey sconces flank the doorway and add a sense of humor to the otherwise formal feel of the space.
The dining room at the end of the hall is a lovely, bright space with tall windows with lake views, a custom Berkley Tack chandelier with a grape motif, cast stone fireplace, French doors to the loggia, and space for hosting large soirees. A butler’s pantry sits between the dining room and kitchen. Granite counters and a hammered copper sink provide a convenient serving area as well as an elegant transition between the two rooms.
The gourmet kitchen is open to the timber-beamed family room and casual dining area. No expense was spared in the kitchen and was designed to make even the most discerning chef beam with happiness. Granite counters abound while an expansive, quartz-topped island offers additional prep area and bar seating for guests. The island houses dishwasher drawers, a microwave, warming drawer, with a deep stainless steel sink. The cabinets have furniture-like details and were hand painted a creamy white with an antiqued finish. A pot filling faucet sits above the stainless steel Wolf Professional stove with its six-burner gas cooktop, griddle and double ovens, and the double Sub-Zero refrigerator and three Fisher Paykel dishwashers feature cabinet fronts that blend in seamlessly with the kitchen’s decor.
Incredible mortise and tenon timber framing is the showstopper in this space though. Timbers from a century old warehouse in Springfield, Oregon, were brought in expressly for use in this home. Structural in nature, the timber framing juts to the top of the space’s cathedral ceiling creating an atmosphere reminiscent of Mt. Hood’s historic Timberline Lodge. Equally impressive is the family room’s fireplace with its beam mantle and Columbia River basalt rock mantle and surround that reaches the ceiling and the extraordinary hand crafted iron chandelier that centers the room. A wall of windows, and an additional set of French doors that lead to the loggia, flood the room with natural light.
The casual eating area, with its beam-coffered ceiling and iron chandelier, is a cozy, yet open, space perfect for every day dining or small dinner parties. A small covered patio conveniently sits just off the dining area and features a built-in Viking Professional grill.
The kitchen’s pantry houses an extra refrigerator/freezer, wonderful built-in storage, cabinets with butcher block counters, laundry facilities and the swimming pool’s control panel.
In the corridor that leads to a breezeway separating the home from the garage sits a built-in, granite topped desk with views out to a private garden and sculptural stone fountain, a half bath, large storage closet, and a mudroom area. From the covered breezeway you may enter the three-car garage – using the home’s keyless lock system – where you’ll have a plethora of storage cabinets, a finished acrylic floor, and two stainless steel workbenches. A wonderful garden potting room is also located just inside the garage. This isn’t your ordinary potting shed, however. This space is as finely finished as the rest of the home – custom concrete counters, large sink, tool storage, and antiqued blue cabinets fit for any home’s interior.
Above the garage is an all-purpose space that could easily be called a studio apartment. Maple hardwood floors stretch throughout the space that houses at one end a complete kitchen with Sub-Zero mini-refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, stone counters, and an island breakfast bar. The space is wired for 240 Volt power so a cooktop could easily be added. The full bath features a luxurious steam shower. This is an ideal place for private parties, watching movies, playing games, exercising, or making music. The space is connected to the home’s security system and can be monitored from the main house with a security camera located above the entry.
Back inside the main house, a 1,500+ bottle wine cellar is located down a short flight of stairs off the main hallway. Step through the wrought iron clad door into a cool space that needs no introduction. Stone tile flooring and brick walls keep this underground cellar a naturally cool, perfect wine storage temperature without the use of additional cooling systems. The main room is lined with built-in bottle racks set into brick archways, has a medieval-inspired custom iron chandelier, has surround sound (part of the whole home’s music system) and has room for a tasting table and seating. A secondary room behind a locked gate is ideal for housing the most special vintages in your collection.
There are two sets of staircases that lead to the home’s second story where you’ll find a split floor plan with two spacious guest bedrooms, both with walk-in closets, spa-like en suite baths and sweeping views of the lake, and the master suite. Located on this level is also a media room, which could easily be converted into an additional bedroom, and a large laundry room with a farmhouse sink, built-in desk, lots of counter space and storage.
The master suite is a private oasis filled with light, wonderful vistas and lavish amenities. Glass-paned French doors surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows open to a private balcony where spectacular views of your pool, property, Oswego Lake and Mt. Hood await any time of day. A gas fireplace across from your bed makes cozying up at night even more heavenly.
The master bath is a study in luxury. Heated travertine floors with mosaic tile details, a heated towel rack, travertine-tiled shower with two shower heads including a rainfall shower head, and a Sub-Zero mini-refrigerator are just a few of the comforts you’ll find here. Many hours will be spent soaking in and taking in the lake views from the Jacuzzi whirlpool tub that is tucked into a private nook.
After choosing your day’s wardrobe from the spacious walk-in closet, separate his and hers vanities with travertine counters, creamy antiqued cabinetry and a hidden TV will make your morning routine even easier.
The home also has a finished attic space that can be used as a theater room – the home’s surround sound system controls are here, a projector can easily be installed and space for a drop-down screen has already been framed in. The room is currently configured as an additional wardrobe closet and dressing room. There is certainly no lack of storage space in this home!
The home’s beautiful interior is rivaled only by the property’s extraordinary landscape and amenities. Quiet gardens and lush landscape surround the property’s many patios and entertaining areas. Stone steps lead to the pool’s dressing house, a private changing area with a half bath, stone floor, stylish stacked stone vanity with concrete countertop. After changing, slip into the 50-foot saltwater pool, a more natural alternative to traditional chlorine, for a dip or lounge on the slate deck that sits high top the ivy-covered hillside.
When you’re ready to hit the lake, either walk down the stairs or take the hillside tram’s 90-second ride down to the boathouse and dock. The self-leveling tram is a unique and invaluable system that makes traversing the 200-foot hillside accessible for all. At the bottom, the property’s 240 feet of lake frontage centers around an incredible entertaining space for boating enthusiasts, fishermen and everyone who enjoys water activities. From the tram and stairs landing, you arrive at a stone upper patio that features more custom iron railings from Berkley Tack. A stairway down leads to the mahogany deck where you can cast your fishing lines or welcome a guest’s boat into the extra docking space.
The boathouse is a beautiful structure built to the same standards as the main house. The cedar shingle roof, stone and shake facade and copper accents tie in perfectly with the property’s other structures. An incredible feat of engineering, the boathouse was built on an all steel and stone structure anchored to the bedrock at the bottom of the lake. Inside, the boathouse has a casual entertaining space with a mini-kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator and ice maker, clear pine slat walls, mahogany floor, built-in storage, and a sliding barn door that leads to the interior boat dock. Elegant clear pine walls rise to vaulted ceiling and look straight out of a boating magazine. An electric boat lift and commercial grade garage door with a lower bird screen will protect your boat when you are not our cruising the lake.
The boathouse is also home to the property’s water pumping station – a true advantage of living on the lake is the opportunity to use lake water for all the property’s irrigation needs.
In addition to the its beautiful property and spacious, versatile living areas, the home offers unseen, yet appreciated, systems like whole home security, high-efficiency Carrier Infinity HVAC with four furnaces and multiple zones, Weather Shield aluminum clad doors and windows, and 20 KVA generator that will power the entire home during a power outage.
Finding a 1.4 acre, lake front property in Lake Oswego is a difficult feat. Finding a property with an exquisite home, saltwater pool, pool house, tram, boathouse, multiple decks and patios, and views of the lake and Mt. Hood is nearly impossible. No expense was spared when designing and building this spectacular, one-of-a-kind home where friends and family are sure to gather for years to come.
2537 NE 18th Ave. Marketed by Christie’s International Real Estate Terry Sprague Broker CEO LUXE Platinum Properties Oregon
In the heart of the Irvington Neighborhood, designated a Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places, sits this beautifully remodeled 1909 Arts & Crafts home. Surrounded by historic homes, and within walking distance to locally-owned shops and restaurants, the home, dubbed the “George L. Parker House,” has a unique history that begins in 1909 when the lot was purchased and developed by Melinda A. Mitchell. Mrs. Mitchell was the operator of a real estate firm and likely one of very few females in this field at the time.
In 1912, George L. Parker purchased the home. Of Scottish decent, Mr. Parker has been called an “American self-made man” who owned multiple successful meat markets (referred to as “one of the important commercial enterprises of Portland” in the book The History of Oregon by C.H. Carey) and was active in breeding livestock and race horses.
History aside, this is a lovely example of an early 20th Century Craftsman style home with a touch of the more rare Swiss Chalet look. Classic Arts & Crafts exterior features abound: gabled roof with deep eaves supported by decorative brackets; first and second floors with differentiating siding, horizontal shiplap on the first with shingles on the second; multi-paned casement and leaded glass windows; second floor dormers; large porch flanked by stone and wood columns.
It’s historically accurate colors, lovely tiered gardens with stone walls, Craftsman style lighting, and wide stairway from the sidewalk to the porch are inviting elements that are sure to draw neighbors in for a chat while you are enjoying an afternoon relaxing on the breezy front porch.
Original details remain throughout the interior and exterior, preserving the home’s charming ambiance. Two of the first that you’ll notice as you enter the home are the original twist turn doorbell in the solid wood front door and the push button light switches located just inside.
While the mechanicals of the home (HVAC system, electrical, plumbing) have been updated, great care has been taken to maintain important interior architectural elements such as the hardwood flooring on both the main and second floors, the brick surround fireplace, plaster ceiling molding, five-paneled wood doors, and extensive millwork. High-quality, period-correct lighting was used throughout the home to keep with the historic aesthetic.
The front door opens to the living room and dining room where large windows flood the space with light and offer views of the front and side yards. Beautifully refinished hardwood floors and wide baseboard trim extend from the front door all the way to the back door in the kitchen. The gas fireplace in the living room is a stunning focal point with its black-painted brick surround, long wood mantle and slate hearth, and the blown glass pendant chandelier in the dining area creates a intimate space for enjoying an evening with friends.
A small corridor from the living room – with slim French doors that lead to the side garden and the stairway to the second floor – brings you to a sitting room next to the kitchen. This cozy space may have the best seat in the house. While seated in the sofa’s corner spot, you’ll enjoy views of the back and side gardens through seven tall windows while also having a lovely, framed view of the front yard through the living room window and the front porch’s decorative arch. An Arts & Crafts wrought iron chandelier hangs from the room’s coffered ceiling, board and batten wainscot panels with plate rails line the walls, and columned archway opens to the kitchen.
The kitchen has a masterful blend of modern and vintage details. A large granite-topped island has seating for four, large glass pendant lights above, and is surrounded by simple, period-style cabinetry. Natural wood lower cabinets, black upper cabinets, open shelving, and built-in wine rack offer a plethora of storage options for your culinary endeavors. Professional-grade, stainless steel appliances – Dacor six-burner gas stove with two duel-fuel ovens and optional griddle, Miele dishwasher, Kitchen-Aid French door refrigerator – add a modern touch. Glass French doors and 10-paned side windows flood the kitchen with sunlight and open to the back yard where you’ll enjoy a covered deck, stone patio, gardens with native landscaping, and two fountains.
Another small corridor between the kitchen and dining room leads to the home’s finished lower level – a rare and much appreciated feature in a home of this age. New carpet throughout, the lower level has a spacious family room with maple media cabinetry and Murphy bed; laundry room with cabinets, utility sink and extra storage; full bath; and flex space with a long row of cabinets and counters that would be excellent as a home office, craft room or children’s play room. Also from the lower level, the home’s detached, underground one-car garage can be accessed through a short “tunnel” – a unique element that you’ll especially enjoy during the rainy season.
Back upstairs, a wide staircase between the living and sitting rooms leads to the home’s second story where original hardwood floors, made from old ship wood, have been refinished and span the space from front to back. The large, open landing has a built-in desk with granite top and beautiful Tiffany-style ceiling light. Two guest bedrooms sit to the back of the home and each have unique slanted ceilings, multi-paned windows and extra deep closets.
The guest bathroom has been completely remodeled yet feels like it could be original to the home. A beautiful white vanity with bin pull hardware, white hexagon tile floor, subway tile walls, built-in medicine cabinet, and pendant wall sconces create a vintage feel to the space, while the extra deep soaking tub adds a touch of modern luxury.
At the front of the home sits the master suite. The master has been carefully updated to expose a vaulted ceiling that opens to reveal a set of three windows high in the peaked roof line. A bank of four windows with a curved window seat look out over the front gardens and neighborhood below. A small alcove, set between two of the master’s three closets, has two sunny windows and is a lovely spot for morning coffee or an afternoon of reading.
The master bath, once a sleeping porch, has been transformed into a spa-like retreat with vintage flair. His and hers marble countered vanities sit atop a marble and hexagon tile floor; wide baseboards and crown molding around the door and windows were made to match the home’s original millwork; marble tiles line the deep walk-in shower with bulit-in bench, wall niche and two shower heads; and two south-facing windows bring in glorious sunlight any time of day.
While this historic home been updated to meet today’s modern needs, the details and elements that epitomize a true Arts & Crafts style home have been lovingly cared for for more than a century. Anyone who appreciates this iconic American home style, living in a historic neighborhood, and being a part of Portland’s vibrant community will love owning the “George L. Parker House.”
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