1125 Maple Street
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- 4 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
Property descriptionModern Living Wrapped in Vintage Charm
Perched above the lake in Lake Oswego, Oregon, this beautiful historic home is an exquisite combination of vintage style and modern sophistication. It is a home that has been meticulously cared for, keeping the best of its original architectural details, as well as thoughtfully reimagined, adding both interior and exterior features that create spaces for modern living.
Built in 1933 by renowned local architect Richard Sundeleaf, the home's timeless architecture reflects a Tudor Revivalist - English Cottage style that has an abundance of character and charm. Ever-evolving and carefully curated over time, the Dr. Walter Black House, as it is named in historic registries, is a wonderfully modern family home wrapped in a vintage package.
As you step through the front door, you'll feel enveloped by the home's warm, welcoming vibe. Original white oak hardwood floors, wood-paneled staircase with hand-turned balusters, and dark wood ceiling beams in the foyer hint at the wonderful architectural details you'll find throughout the home.
The living room, to the left of the foyer, is full of vintage style. From the original built-in cabinetry that has been painted a creamy white and the gas fireplace with its black-painted brick surround to the beams that sit within the coffered ceiling and the vintage-style, brass articulating lights that shine on the golden seagrass-covered walls, the room has an updated feel while staying faithful to the home's style.
Original leaded glass and reproduction multi-pane windows have been used throughout to retain the Tudor home's authenticity. Period-style details such as push-button light switches from Rejuvenation were added after the home's electrical system was upgraded, and vintage-style lighting fixtures from Schoolhouse Electric and Rejuvenation are used in tandem with original fixtures for a cohesive feel throughout.
The dining room, which resides between the living room and the kitchen, boasts both a classic archway entry and a swinging door as well as a stunning pair of deep corner cabinets with leaded glass doors.
Upstairs, each of the four bedrooms have distinctive polygonally-arched doorways that mimic the sloped ceilings that follow the steeply-pitched gable roof. Original tongue-and-groove fir hardwood floors flow through the guest bedrooms and hallway, and dormers in a guest bedroom, hall and master bath offer sunny spots for seating, display and storage.
Modern LivingThough the home was build in 1933, it is far from antiquated. Great care has been taken throughout the years to maintain the home and reimagine its design for a 21st-century family.
Far from the small kitchens of the home's era, the kitchen is a modern, open space where families can gather, cook and entertain. Bright white, Shaker-style cabinets topped with black, honed granite house the white porcelain farmhouse sink with its chrome gooseneck faucet. A butcher block-topped island with a pair of black dome pendants stretches through the space, while a restaurant-quality, 48 BlueStar range with 6-burner gas cooktop, griddle, convection oven, and infrared broiler flanks the far end of the room. A stainless steel Liebherr refrigerator and Asko dishwasher add to the modern feel of the space, as does the wall of cabinetry that houses a generous pantry and the pull-out coffee bar. A bank of five windows across from the island offers wonderful views of the lake is the perfect spot to place a long farmhouse table for casual dining.
Stairs on either side of the range open the kitchen to the casual family room that is sure to be a favorite lounging spot for the family. A TV hangs above the brick fireplace, a cove with floor-to-ceiling windows becomes an ideal spot for enjoying the lake views, and two sets of glass French doors open to a covered patio.
An addition to the home in 2014 created a new master suite on the second floor. Designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of the home, the suite's entrance is marked by a polygonally-arched doorway and long hallway with closets and a dormer window. Wide-plank maple hardwood floors span the bedroom and the oversized walk-in closet, ceilings slope along the rooflines, vintage-style, double wall scones flank the windows, and walls were painted with high-quality Farrow & Ball paint.
The master's en suite bath has a luxe spa feel with a heated floor, Ann Sacks marble and tile, double vanity with vintage-style fixtures, auto touch-button blinds, and an oversized, walk-in shower with double showerheads.
The home also features a full walk-out basement complete with a laundry room, a huge, dry room for storage, and a versatile space that could be used as a home office, fitness room or workshop. The highlight of the lower level is, however, the Pub Room. Inspired by the home's original woodwork and English pub culture, this space was designed for casual entertaining with its wood-burning stove, wall-mounted TV and space for a game table. Designers from Farrow & Ball in England were even consulted to ensure the color was authentically English.
Underneath the surface of the home, many upgrades have also happened. In recent years, the home's entire electrical system was updated, air conditioning and HEPA air filters were added throughout, and two hot water heaters were installed to accommodate a modern family's needs.
The most modern visual aspect of the property is, no doubt, the detached garage that sits just steps from the house. This cantilevered, glass-walled building is as stunning as it is functional. Steel beams allow the building to hover over the property's hillside while the glass walls allow the home to be seen through the garage from the driveway, as views of the architecturally significant home are vitally important. From second story windows, the garage looks like a piece of gleaming art, and the garage's living roof blends into the natural landscape below.
Spectacularly designed gardens and terraces spread throughout the 3/4-acre, lake-view property, blend beautifully with the architecture, and provide space for quiet reflection, lively entertaining and everything in between.
The entire property's landscape was carefully designed utilizing hundreds of trees, shrubs and plants including birch and Swiss aspen and maple trees, camellias (original to the property), lilacs, hydrangeas, blueberries, and much more. A garden at the from of the home is surrounded by hedges and dogwood trees and features a small meadow of colorful grasses and a pea gravel sitting area perfect for sunny morning breakfasts. This garden is planted with hundreds of crocus bulbs and becomes a springtime splendor.
A covered patio off the family room has a wood-burning fireplace, perfect for enjoying cool evenings, and a terrace off the living room has views of the lake, plenty of room for outdoor dinner parties and provides access to the backyard. A full-size bocce ball court spans one level of the terraced backyard and sits next to a cozy seating area with a fire pit.
While entertaining options abound on the property, there is also the opportunity to enjoy Oswego Lake. Perched just above the lake, a short walk leads to the residence's easement access and private boat slip.
When the need for extra accommodations arises, the guesthouse is the perfect place for friends or family to relax in the privacy of their own space. Originally the home's garage, this luxurious two-story guesthouse has retained the charm of its exterior facade but has been completely redesigned inside. Board and batten walls and floors covered with reclaimed wood from a factory in the Midwest create a vintage feel throughout. Upstairs is a bedroom large enough for a king-size bed or two twins plus a full bath with black hex tile floor, frameless glass shower, modern, wall-hung toilet, and wall-mounted, utility-style black and white sink. The open, lower level has a kitchenette and room for both a seating and dining area. Details throughout have created a beautiful modern-vintage space that will be adored by all.
A Home for the Ages
The period-authentic lighting, hardware, fixtures, and material combined with the modern colors and amenities has created a truly timeless home. From the incredible entertaining opportunities on the property and the lake to the charming, comfortable spaces meant for relaxation and family time, this is a home that is meant to be enjoyed and loved for generations.
1125 MAPLE ST, Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States
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