Real Estate

Property Watch: A Light and Bright House Made of Modular Triangles in Eliot

Of course it’s been featured in Dwell.

By Melissa Dalton July 25, 2022

Editor’s Note: Portland Monthly’s “Property Watch” column takes a weekly look at an interesting home in Portland’s super-competitive real estate market (with periodic ventures to the burbs and points beyond, for good measure). This week: a home in Eliot that's proved irresistible to shelter mags. Got a home you think would work for this column? Get in touch at [email protected].

For a house made of 28 equilateral triangles, this 2013 modular build fits quite neatly into its Eliot neighborhood. The home was designed by Jeff Kovel, principal of local firm Skylab Architecture, and built by Method Homes, using a modular building system they call HOMB, which employs 100-square-foot, prefabricated triangular modules to form any fashion of building. (Prefabricated just means the modules were constructed offsite in a factory, which reduces waste and expedites the building process. Case in point: This house was erected over a site-built foundation in a single day.) And this house is a Property Watch first: It's an exclusive first look, since it hasn't even officially hit the market yet.

Clad in dark-stained cedar siding and tucked behind a mature evergreen tree, the house even uses artful triangles in the winding walk up to the bright green front door , with the corner of the top floor jutting out to create a covered porch below. The 28 modules fit together into 3,400 square feet over three floors.  

Inside, find double-height ceilings in the living room and glass aplenty, from where it encloses the metal staircase by the front door to the floor-to-ceiling windows everywhere, fostering an overall peaceful atrium feel. Those windows make for a sunlit interior throughout the day, no matter the season.  

The main floor has the combined living spaces, complete with custom angular sofa and a waterfall quartz peninsula counter in the kitchen, as well as a powder room and one bedroom/office. Portions of the ceiling are covered in an expressed wood honeycomb pattern, in a nod to the house’s construction. Less obvious: the top-notch energy score, which means the building has excellent energy performance to boot. 

Up the staircase, which gently spirals around a striking angular column with hexagon-shaped tread, there’s a mezzanine that overlooks the living room below and benefits from the tall windows. Two bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, and the main suite has a walk-in closet, sun-filled bathroom of its own, and windows that capture the treetops. 

Downstairs, there’s a carport at the end of a sloping driveway, placed for cover under the house, plus a mudroom, playroom, and additional bedroom and bath, all still with the big windows and high ceilings found throughout.  

Given all this, it’s no surprise, perhaps, that this home has garnered media attention, the first being Dwell shortly after it was built, since the magazine is the champion of cool prefabs. This is the first time the home has been on the market.  

It even comes with an extra big lot—7,505 square feet—and compound potential, starting with the 450-square-foot unfinished ADU in the backyard, designed to match the main house. The owners will also be selling the neighboring house shortly, a 1909 bungalow with a matching green door. 

Listing Fast Facts 

Address:  600 NE Ivy St, Portland, OR 97212 

Size:   3,400 square feet/4 bedroom/3.5 bath/office + media room/ADU   

List Date:   TBA, keep an eye out!

List Price:  $1,750,000   

Listing Agent: Courtney Davies and Kaja Taft, Where Inc 

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.