One Year in, Our 10 Most Popular Property Watches
We started the Property Watch column last year around this time, and it has allowed us to peek inside all sorts of unique finds popping up in Portland’s real estate market, from cozy houseboats and architecturally significant stunners, to regal historic manors and Pinterest-worthy remodels by celebrity designers. Read on to see which homes captivated readers the most.
10. In SW Homestead, Baker Ken Forkish’s Cozy Cottage For Sale
Forkish was one of Portland’s well-known restauranteurs—a baker and author famous for Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, and the cookbook Flour Water Salt Yeast—before selling the businesses and retiring this year. Of course, he also had a custom pizza oven installed in the dining room of his Southwest cottage.
Status: Sold for $826,000 on 03/25/22
Surrounded by charming 1940s cottages, this “Usonian-style” home in Salem definitely stands out, particularly given nods to none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, perhaps the country's best-known architect
Status: Sold for $839,000 on 05/02/22
8. A Euro-Style Condo at the Top of NW 23rd
Located in the pink-hued Envoy building at West Burnside and NW 23rd Avenue, this little charmer channeled those drool-worthy Parisian apartments that proliferate on Pinterest.
Status: Pulled off market, 1/31/2022
7. In Portland Heights, a Renovated Colonial Revival with Glamour to Spare
This 1911 Colonial Revival underwent a top to bottom remodel, with every room better than the last–from the sun-filled kitchen with library ladder, to the decadent black and brass soaking tub in the primary suite, to the prettiest laundry room we’ve ever seen.
Status: Still on market, price reduced to $2.2 million.
6. A Modern Abode in the Markham Neighborhood
Thanks to a proliferation of glass doors, every room in this 2017 house, except the bathrooms, connects to the backyard for the ultimate in indoor-outdoor flow. The cherry on top is a large, four season, protected outdoor living room, complete with ceiling fans, a heater, and built-in kitchen.
Status: Sold for $1,666,013 on 02/01/2022
5. An Immaculate Georgian Colonial on Vista Avenue
The Annand-Loomis House is pretty as a postcard, and has featured on many since its 1908 construction, largely thanks to all of its preserved historical detail, including, of all things, a ballroom on the top floor.
Status: Pulled off-market, 4/19/2022
4. Live the Pastoral Life in a Modern Farmhouse on Skyline Ridge
This pastoral property on 39 acres outside the Urban Growth Boundary made all our farm-to-table fantasies real, as it comes with a remodeled farmhouse, 1,800-square-foot barn with grain silo, new chicken coop, 60-by-60-foot enclosed garden, and many fruit trees.
Status: Still on market, price reduced to $1,625,000.
3. A 1979 Geometric Treehouse in Oregon City
The “anything goes” approach to architecture in the 1970s is alive and well at this unique home on three acres in Oregon City, its cedar-clad volumes stacked on top of one another like a Jenga game that has had its blocks nudged apart. Did we mention there’s a catwalk to the front door?
Status: Sold for $876,000 on 01/14/2022
2. An 80-Acre Working Lavender Farm with an Architectural Pedigree
It’s hard to say what’s more enjoyable about this incredible property off NW Germantown Road—the main house designed by celebrated architect Pietro Belluschi; the outbuildings, which include a modern stone guesthouse and Japanese-inspired pool pavilion; or the naturalistic landscape and working lavender farm.
Status: Pending sale, final price yet unknown.
1. An Adorable A-Frame in Arch Cape
Who doesn’t love an A-frame? But wait: two decks, a sauna, bright blue vintage fireplace, and Oswald West State Park practically in the backyard, all make this Arch Cape cutie an excellent ambassador for the genre.
Status: Sold for $675,000 on 12/17/2021
Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer who has focused on Pacific Northwest design and lifestyle since 2008. She is based in Portland, Oregon. Contact Dalton here.