Featured Property: 2 Walking Woods

2 Walking Woods
2 Walking Woods
You likely do what I do as you drive around town: look at houses and enjoy the changing decorations and landscaping through the seasons. For me, there are always houses that stand out. There is just something about them. Well, this is one of those houses.

Located at 2 Walking Woods, this house sits on a very prominent lot that looks out over the neighborhood. It’s at the corner of 2 streets that are the focus of your attention as you drive the curves of the road in Mountain Park. The style of the house is classic Cape Cod. It’s a style that you’ve seen in movies and in magazines and is just really attractive. The curb appeal of this house is a 10+.

Beveled and leaded entry doors
Beveled and leaded entry doors
With 4116 square feet, there are 4 bedrooms, a den with a closet that could be a 5th bedroom, living, dining, family rooms and an amazing vaulted bonus room with a wet bar. There are 3 fireplaces. The master is huge! The house was built with quality in 1979. The doors are solid core and the insulated windows are wood, not vinyl. The entry has stunning leaded glass doors and a sweeping curved staircase that is ideal for family photos. Over the years the house has been updated with a newer kitchen that features a cooking island, cherry cabinets and granite counters. There are shining hardwood floors throughout most of the main level.

Then there is the yard. The landscaping is superb. Attractively designed with a large covered deck, there a paths through arbors to water features and an abundance of blue berries, peach trees and pineapple guavas. The lot is 13,410 square feet.

This home is located in Mountain Park. Super convenient to both I-5 and 217, you are just minutes to shopping and dining. Mountain Park has one of the finest recreation centers in the metro area with swimming pools for exercise and for families, a gym, and over 15 miles of walking paths.

Chef's Kitchen
Chef’s Kitchen
Priced at $629,000, this house is a delight. I think subconsciously most people want to live in a house that when their friends come over they say “Wow”. This is that kind of a house. She is a grand lady.

Please call me today if you would like more information or if you would like to make an appointment to see her for yourself.

Featured Property: 16998 Greentree Ave

I am excited to tell you about a new listing in the Palisades neighborhood. This house is unique in a couple of ways.

Greentree 003First, it’s a mid-century modern home with a stunning floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and open-beamed wood ceilings. Retro details include period door knobs and clean lines, all reflective of having been built in 1968.

Greentree 012Second, it’s a tremendous value for the area. With 2392 square feet, there are 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a big living room + a big family room, all for $409,900. On the same block of homes there is a house that is slightly larger for $499,000 and a recently remodeled home that is slightly smaller for $549,000. So the price on this house is a real value. The price reflects the fact that some remodeling has been done, but more is needed. The house has new exterior paint, a certified roof, and an updated kitchen. But it still needs updates to the baths and new windows.

Third, this house has a second kitchen in the lower level. The lot has a gentle slope with the carport and a separate entry downstairs. This makes the home ideal for in-law quarters, 2 separate living areas for house sharing, and any number of combinations. It is extremely flexible space.

Greentree 011The house has a big sunny lot that is fully fenced. It is adjacent to the Greentree pool. The new owner can continue the membership at the pool for $525 a year.

I would love to answer your questions and have the opportunity to show you this home. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dianne, 503-803-6298

Featured Property: 109 Oswego Summit

109 Oswego Summit 011Oswego Summit is a community at the very top of Mountain Park. It features 2 swimming pools, one indoors and one out, along with exercise facilities and a meeting room. Remember that Mountain Park was one of the very first planned communities in the United States, and Oswego Summit is a jewel in the crown of Mt. Park.

109 Oswego Summit features 1212 square feet with 2 master suites, both with full baths and walk-in closets. The living room is large (17×21)and the kitchen has been updated. The entire home is tastefully decorated and move-in ready.

109 Oswego Summit 016Outdoor enjoyment includes a spacious deck with a storage closet. The condo also has its own detached, 1-car garage. Ample guest parking is located throughout the complex.

Along with belonging to Oswego Summit, this condominium is part of the Mt. Park Home Owner’s Association. This membership includes access to one of the finest recreation facilities in the Portland Metro area. Just a block away is the swim center, with both kids programs and adult-lap swimming, a basketball court, and a gym. In addition, there are 15 miles of walking paths. This is active living at its best!

Mt Park Swim Center
Mt Park Swim Center
Priced at $149,900, 109 Oswego Summit has so much to offer that is a combination of easy and active living. For more information, or to arrange an appointment to see this condo, please call Dianne at 503-803-6298.

Featured Property: 18135 Arbor Ct

Front CloseListen to the charming bells toll on the Marylhurst Campus! This one-level, custom home features a barrel ceiling dining room that is the focal point of the house. Decorated with a Mediterranean flair and graceful arches that lead to most rooms, this house is the exact opposite of “cookie cutter”. An extensive remodel in 2004, and many more upgrades added since then, make this “older” home a true showpiece.

The house had 4 big bedrooms, 2 of which are master suites with full baths. In addition there is a den with built-ins.

There is a screened-in Florida room for summer dining.

The gourmet kitchen has a commercial-grade Wolf range, granite counters, and custom cabinets with original artwork.

Barrel ceiling dining room
Barrel ceiling dining room
With 2448 square feet, the house is big enough for someone downsizing to a single level home who needs room for prized furniture, house guests, and perhaps a live-in relative or care giver. This size of single level living is hard to find in this price range.

Gourmet kitchen
Gourmet kitchen
The house sits on a gorgeous 19,000SF lot that backs to 2 creeks. It is like country living, but close-in to town. A big side yard has boat or RV parking, not to mention abundant parking for entertaining. The fenced back yard is just big enough, but not too big, and includes a separate fenced fruit garden with 8 blueberry bushes and over 100 strawberry plants.

Priced at $559,000, this is a very unique opportunity to own a very special home. If you’d like more information, please give me a call!

Dianne, 503-803-6298

P.S. Full disclosure, this house is about 50′ outside of Lake Oswego in the City of West Linn. It is just South of Marylhurst off of Hwy 43.

Featured Property: 116 Oswego Summit

View from condo
View from condo
I am super excited to share my new listing with you that is in Oswego Summit. This condo is literally on top of the world! It is a top-floor, end unit that has stunning views of the Valley, the Westhills, and the lights at night. With no neighbor above and being an end unit, it is quiet and serene.

The floorplan is open and filled with natural light due to the soaring, vaulted ceilings. There is a private balcony with room to relax and enjoy the fresh air. There is a storage closet off of the deck.

Living room
Living room
With 2-master suites, this home is ideal for roommates or guest accommodations. Both of the master suites have full baths and walk-in closets.

Tastefully decorated and in wonderful condition, there is new, 30-year, Armstrong laminate flooring throughout.

The washer, dryer, and refrigerator are included. There is a 1-car detached garage.

Part of Oswego Summit, the condominium complex has 2 swimming pools, an exercise room, and a party room. There is a one-time special assessment for all new exterior siding, roofs, windows and more that the current owner will pay for at closing.

Mt Park Swim Center
Mt Park Swim Center
This condominium is also part of the Mountain Park Home Owner’s Association. The recreation facility for Mt. Park is a short distance away and has a fantastic swim center, a basketball court, an exercise room and 15 miles of walking paths.

This condo is offered for sale for $147,000.

Please give me a call if you’d like more information or if you’d like to arrange to see the interior. As always, I can be reached at 503-803-6298.


Featured Home: 4216 Albert Circle

Last fall
Last fall
It is a pleasure to share with you this gorgeous house at 4216 Albert Circle. This house is located in the Bryant Neighborhood, a well-established and quiet area that is close to Lakeridge Junior High School.

The house was built in 1980. It has a floor plan that is perfect for entertaining with rooms flowing one to another without dead-ends. There are expansive vaulted ceilings with 7 solar tubes to let in lots of natural light. There is a 2-sided fireplace that opens on one side to the family room and on the other side to a cozy inglenook in the living room.

The kitchen has been tastefully remodeled with tile backsplash, composite “Riverbed” counters, a garden window, and a pantry. The eat-in nook has wainscoting.

The house has 3 bedrooms, including a large master suite. The master suite has a full bath with double sinks and a walk-in closet.

Vaulted Living Room
Vaulted Living Room
With gas heat and central air, you’ll stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There is also circulating hot water for instant hot water from every tap. The circulation is on a timer for energy efficiency.

The house has great storage inside as well as in a full wall of cabinets in the garage.

I think what I like best about this house is the garden. It has been lovingly cared for and is beautifully landscaped. It is level and fully fenced. I am including photos I took last fall so that you can see the house at it’s prime.

Offered at $459,000, the house has 2130 square feet.

I will be holding this house open this Sunday, February 16th, from noon to 2pm. I hope you will come on by!

Featured Property: 17856 Robin View Ct

Robin View 033I am proud to introduce you to 17856 Robin View Ct. Full disclosure here: this house is just South of the Lake Oswego city limits and is actually located in West Linn. However, it is waterfront property and I do believe a person shopping for a house on the water in Lake Oswego would also likely look at this property.

This is a truly special house. Designed by Walter Gordon, it was built in 1956. Walter Gordon was a well-known Northwest Architect who at one time was the Director of the Portland Art Museum as well as the Dean of the School of Architecture at U of O.

The current owner has respected the significance of the original design and the architectural integrity remains intact.

Robin View 026You enter the house through an understated entry that then opens into an amazing clerestory greatroom that features a floor-to-ceiling stone and copper fireplace. The greatroom includes the main living area, the dining room, a den, and a library. All are paneled is rich wood. There is a wall of windows that looks out to the Willamette River.

The house is situated on a private .68 acre lot that has river frontage on the Willamette. There is a level grass area near the water for recreation. The house itself sits up off of the river and has river views from most major rooms.

Robin View 005Here are the specifics:
Built in 1956
3735 square feet
4 bedrooms (2 are non-conforming)
3 baths
Greatroom + Familyroom
Cedaroak Elementary
Rosemont Ridge Jr High
West Linn High
Offered at $895,000

I will be holding this house open this Sunday from Noon to 2pm. Please follow the signs from River Road.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday,

Featured Property: Jantzen Island

Jantzen Island 1One of the most famous homes in Lake Oswego has recently come under new ownership. Jantzen Island was built in 1930 by swim wear pioneer Carl Jantzen. Legend has it that he would hold swim wear fashion shows on the lake with pyramids of models water skiing in the latest summer styles.

The home is on the National Register of Historic Places. The original 10,000 square foot house was designed by Charles Ertz and the boat house was designed by Richard Sundeleaf.

Jantzen Island 2What makes the property truly special, besides the historic nature of the buildings, is that it is the only private island on the lake. With 5 acres and a stone bridge as the only access, it is an estate without compare.

Here is a brief history:

Jantzen Island 3Early History Settlers call the place Crazy Man’s Island for its mute, hermit resident.

1929 Swimwear pioneer Carl Jantzen purchases the island from Oregon Iron & Steel.

1930 Jantzen hires architect Charles Ertz to design the English Tudor style main house and Richard Sundeleaf to design the boat house.

1952 Harry Coffey, an insurance agent, buys the estate.

1956 Carl and Virginia Halvorson (a land developer who was behind developing Mountain Park) purchase the estate and become its longest-staying owners. They lived on the island for 3 decades, which is why the island is also known as Halvorson Island.

1987 Jerry Stubblefield, the founder of Avia footwear, buys the estate for $2.2 million. Stubblefield remodels and builds a 3,000 square foot guest house.

2008 Right after the turn in the market, Mr. Stubblefield lists the island for sale at $19.5 million. It does not sell.

2009 Chris Dudley, a former Trail Blazer as well as gubernatorial candidate, makes a $3.75 million loan to Stubblefield. Terms of the loan are not met and Dudley forecloses.

2012 The island is purchased by Rick and Erica Miller. Rick Miller is the chairman of Avamere Group, a health care company for seniors citizens with locations throughout Oregon and Colorado.

Jantzen Island 4As is often the case with homes that go through foreclosure, the Millers acquired a house with deferred maintenance. Since moving in, they have done extensive repairs and remodeling. They just recently obtained approval to build a tram to the lake with a 720 square foot cabana. They are also building a guard tower at the bridge entrance, which had been part of the properties original design.

This house does not change hands often, so getting a glimpse of it through photos is a bit of an opportunity. I hope you enjoy learning the history of the home and the chance to catch up on its current status.

Photos courtesy of oregonlive.com

Featured Property

Marjorie 021Marjorie 004Marjorie 002Marjorie 015I’d like to introduce you to my new listing in Lake Oswego at 17380 Marjorie Ave. Located in the heart of Palisades, this house enjoys a fantastic, very large lot. The big, grassy backyard is perfect for play and active living. The house was built in 1960, but has had quite a lot of recent updating. Recent improvements include: roof, gutters, electric panel, furnace, windows, exterior paint, and carpet. There are 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. While the master does not have a bath attached, the bath that is closest to the master has a jetted tub. Both baths have been updated, as has the kitchen with newer cabinets and a gas range.

Priced at $359,000, it is easily the best value currently available in Palisades. To get further information or to make an appointment to see the interior, this weekend please call Linda Rossi at 501-318-2116.


Featured Property

16232 Bonaire AveBonaire 002

I am super excited to introduce you to my new listing in the Lake Grove neighborhood of Lake Oswego.  Here are the stats:

Built in 1961 with a master suite addition that was added in 1985

4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, the house has a greatroom floorplan and is 1792 square feet.

This house is all on 1 level.

Now here is the highlight and most outstanding feature:  this house sits on a HUGE lot that is 75′ wide and 262′ deep.  You have space, space, and more space.  There is even a horse shoe pit.  The lot is not dividable, but rather meant to be enjoyed as a wonderful yard.  It is fully fenced.

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The price of $279,900 reflects the fact that this house needs work.  It still has the original kitchen and baths.  It has been a rental for over 20 years and it is just well worn.  There are still some single-pane windows, although the gas furnace is just 10 years old.

Let me know if you have questions or would like to make an appointment to see the interior.  I’d love to show you this home.