Architects Pietro Belluschi and John Yeon are considered the pillars of the Northwest Regional modern style, having introduced the spare design in Portland in the 1930s and 1940s.
But there have been others who progressed Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles of building to blend with the environment, to live with nature, not from it.
They employed native wood, rough stone and glass to achieve elegance.
Belluschi described his work as being freed from “artificial standards,” “architectural pretense” and “superficial culture.”
In this week’s real estate gallery, we look at new modern homes on the market with see-through walls that frame the scenery.
A glass-wrapped house on Northwest Royal Boulevard near Forest Park was designed by William/Kaven Architecture studio in Portland to have such a strong connection to the landscape it’s being marketed as “living in the trees.”
Slide back the 13-foot-long glass doors in the sitting area adjacent to the kitchen or a long pocket door in the master suite to step out to terraces and feel as if you’re floating above the forest floor.
9912 N.W. Wind Ridge Dr. in Portland’s Forest Park neighborhood is listed at $8.65 million.
The modern mansion, built in 2003 on 9.74 acres, has a two-story, open living and dining space, four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, four partial bathrooms and 11,807 square feet of living space plus separate guest quarters.
The architect was Ned Vaivoda, formerly of Thompson Vaivoda & Architects, now TVA Architects.
The three-level dwelling has walls of glass that take in mountain views and an indoor pool, sound-proof music room and commercial-grade kitchen.
“Architectural treasure in Forest Park West Hills,” says listing agent Terry Sprague of Luxe Christie’s International Real Estate. “Perfect for entertaining, art, those wanting to live in a modern masterpiece.”
264 N.W. Macleay Blvd. in Portland’s Hillside neighborhood is listed at $5.5 million.
The modern dwelling, built in 2018 on a 8,276-square-foot lot, has five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and 7,048 square feet of living space.
The steel entry bridge has touch-activated exterior lighting and a single-pivot entry door. Inside are Zena white oak surfaces, hydronic floor heat under basalt tile and ultra-clear glass railings.
“Portland’s finest modern home ever built with unparalleled 270-degree views stretching from Council Crest to Sauvie Island,” says listing agent Kendall Bergstrom-Delancellotti with Elizabeth Lesh of Hasson Company.
3027 N.W. Rio Vista Terrace in Portland’s Hillside neighborhood is listed at $2.1 million.
The updated modern contemporary home, built in 1993 on 0.25 acres, was designed with high ceilings and expansive glass to capture 270-degree views of the city, Willamette River and four mountains.
There are two home offices, an elevator, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 5,231 square feet of living space. The lower-level guest quarters has a private outside entrance and gardening deck.
“Spectacular views! Very private. Penthouse living at its best,” says listing agent Drew McCulloch and Libby Benz of Windermere Realty Trust.
1521 S.W. Skyline Blvd. in Portland’s Sylvan-Highlands is listed at $979,000.
The new modern house, built on 0.26 acres, has a covered deck off of the great room, 420-square-foot deck off of the master bedroom plus three more bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,832 square feet of living space.
“Gorgeous contemporary custom designed plan. Top-of-the-line modern finishes and appliances. Pick your colors and details to make it your own special home,” says listing agent Robert Law of Meadows Group Inc., Realtors.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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