One of only two homes in Oregon designed by legendary architect Richard Neutra is now on the market for $3.75 million. It’s available for the first time in almost 20 years.
The home was commissioned by horticulturist Jan de Graaff 82 years ago. He was known for hybridizing the lily so that Americans could grow it easily in their home gardens. Incidentally, the other Neutra-designed house in Oregon was also owned by the de Graaff family.
A modern marvel in the Pacific Northwest
The one now up for sale caused a stir when it was built. Oregonians had never seen anything like this modern residence in the early 1940s. It featured a bold cedar and stucco exterior, walls of windows, skylights throughout, and tongue-and-groove woodwork. The locals soon came to appreciate the 6,887-square-foot home and its sophistication.
Of course, it’s easy to love the home’s orientation on a hillside lot that offers expansive views of the mountain, city, and river.
Alas, in the 1980s, the owners at the time remodeled it with little regard for Neutra’s original vision, making the home nearly unrecognizable.
The current owners have spent the past couple of decades restoring the architecturally significant residence to its former glory.
Among the immaculately restored features in this five-bedroom home are an open floor plan, numerous wood built-ins, and a primary suite with a fireplace, double bath, and private deck.
And nature is never far away: The home boasts four deck areas. One of them features a fireplace with a stainless-steel surround and an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue.
The kitchen has been updated with stainless-steel appliances, an island, and other modern conveniences. Blond wood cabinetry keeps with the home’s clean aesthetic.
Other unique features include a three-car garage with a bonus room above it, which originally served as a kindergarten for the de Graaff family.
The basement of this three-level home features a workshop and two bedrooms.
And there’s one additional perk for a buyer. The tree-filled acre lot is actually two separate parcels. The small quarter-acre parcel is included in the sale and could be used to build a second dwelling or guest house.
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