2928 Se Woodstock Blvd
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- 4 bedrooms
- 6 bathrooms
Property descriptionNearly a century of Eastmoreland history and heritage is exquisitely blended with modern amenities and architecture to create this stylish and welcoming home just across the street from the beautiful grounds of Reed College. Designed by architect Bruce McKay, known for his designs in the area in the early 1920s and early 1930s, this Dutch-influenced Revival Period home was built in 1927 and underwent a complete renovation from 2013 to 2015. Originally called Howard House, the property was home to Dr. H.W. and Leony Howard. Mrs. Howard's Dutch heritage inspired much of the architectural and design features throughout the home.
Every decision during the two-year, multi-million dollar renovation process was carefully considered to maintain the home's timeless elegance while ensuring that every room was filled with light and preserving the charm of the original era while incorporating all of the enhancements and improvements of a 21st-century building. Many of the home's most beautiful features including original oak hardwood floors, mahogany crown molding and French doors were painstakingly refinished and hydronic radiant floor heating and energy-efficient windows were added.
The impressive front door is another example of the careful preservation of the home's original defining elements. The split Dutch door is embellished with a hand-carved scene depicting two young girls learning to needlepoint influenced by an oil painting entitled In the Orphanage in Katwijk by David Adolph Constant Artz (1837-1890) which is part of the permanent collection of the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum in Amsterdam. This simple yet gracious entry point leads into the welcoming foyer and grand living room beyond. The beautifully proportioned living room features a massive fireplace decorated with the original Dutch tile accents complete with the original metal fireplace tools. This wood-burning fireplace is flanked by French doors - on the east side, the doors lead to a small patio and on the west side, the doors lead to the kitchen.
One of the goals of the renovation was to improve the internal flow for smoother transitions from room to room both for every day living as well as entertaining for large and small groups. The addition of French doors leading into the enlarged kitchen has beautifully added to the overall functionality and livability of the home. The kitchen itself is now perfectly suited for everything from catering to entertaining smaller groups and even family meals. A wall of ceiling-height accordion doors floods the room with light and opens to a covered lanai for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. While an ingenious stainless steel mesh curtain can extend across the kitchen workspace to divide the space from the patio and backyard when caterers are at work. Custom mahogany cabinetry, granite countertops and a Pratt and Larson tile backsplash connect the kitchen with the original woodwork and palate of the original home. Gleaming chef-grade appliances including a five-burner Wolf gas cooktop, SubZero refrigerator, Miele wall ovens, warming drawer and dual dishwashers bring a touch of modern to the space where guests will inevitably love to congregate.
An arched doorway leads to the formal dining room where a glittering Czechoslovakian chandelier, circa 1930s/1940s, illuminates the dining table. With enough room to seat 14-16 guests, this space is perfect for special meals and celebrations. Four sets of French doors carefully reproduced to replace the damaged originals, provide ample light to this grand room. The mahogany crown molding here and throughout the home is the original seven-piece multilayered construction from 1927.
Also on the main floor is a den, a full guest bath with accessible shower and a quiet guest suite with ensuite half-bath. Originally the master bedroom, this main floor guest room provides privacy and quiet for guests. With an attached powder room and a full bath located next door, guests have everything they need. During the renovation process many of the original elements were repurposed to keep them a part of the heritage of the home but in a new location or use. The door that divides the full bath was one of the original doors made new again with the addition of a custom stained-glass panel.
Just off the kitchen is where history meets modernity in the steel and glass stair tower that serves all three floors of the home. This design counterpoint to the traditional style of the original home floods the space with natural light, bringing illumination to all three floors even on cloudy Oregon days. Additionally, this staircase provides an alternate route down from the second floor and up from the basement in case of an emergency. A gorgeous spiraling light fixture hangs at the top of the staircase providing a beautiful focal point from both indoors and out. This fixture and those throughout much the home featuring a leaf motif are imported from Barovier & Toso of Venice, Italy.
Upstairs on the second floor are three bedrooms, each of which were made more spacious and functional by raising the roof and modifying the roofline into a gable shed. Both guest bedrooms include a spacious en suite bath. The north-facing bedroom overlooks the Reed College campus and the west-facing bedroom features a wall of glass sliders that open to a sunroom. The master suite is a luxurious haven with a spa-like ensuite bath separated from the bedroom by a sliding barn door. The frameless glass shower includes two showerheads and a handheld wand and is beautifully illuminated by a skylight overhead. The hydronic radiant heat found throughout the house keeps the tile floors warm and towel radiators add an extra touch of comfort to every morning. The master closet is custom-designed with maple cabinetry, pull-down rods and over 50 drawers as well as a safe. The bedroom space includes a pop-up tv in a lift cabinet and a view overlooking the backyard where paths meander around 50 to 75-year-old rhododendrons planted by Claude I Sersanous, a founder of the nearby Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. A completely new laundry room with mahogany cabinetry is also located on the second floor.
The basement has also been completely transformed. Renovations to the kitchen on the floor above included the addition of floor lights - skylights built into the floor which bring sunlight to the basement where a gym space, full bath, secondary laundry, family room and mechanical room have been created. The family room features cork floors and a wide glass slider that leads to a staircase up to the backyard. A projection tv and drop-down screen make this a great place to watch movies with drinks and snacks easy to access from the wet bar. The state of the art Sonos system that is available throughout the house is also headquartered in the media room. The gym space features an easy-to-clean epoxy floor and easy access to the secondary laundry facilities hidden behind sliding doors that include stained-glass windows that were once in the family room window wells. The mechanical room is a sight to be seen with a new boiler and hub for the all-new mechanical systems throughout the home. One of the more important systems included in the renovation was the installation of ductless air conditioning units throughout most of the home, which, along with added insulation and radiant floor heating, add to the huge increase in the overall energy efficiency.
A convenient one bedroom/one bath ADU (auxiliary dwelling unit) is located over the two-car garage. This separate apartment is beautifully finished with cork floors, radiant floor heating, laundry facilities and ample storage. The spacious kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, dark cabinetry and granite countertops. The ADU can be easily connected to the main house via a pre-installed doorway header hidden in the wall.
The hard work is done to allow this almost 100 year home to live in another century. This comfortable and livable home is reminiscent of the country homes of England that are stately and traditional in front and modernized in back - with heritage preserved and technology embraced to create a place where people can be calm and renewed. This location's proximity to downtown Portland, the Moda Center and Portland Airport provides all the ease of access without the chaos of living downtown or in the steep streets of the West Hills. Walk to shopping, restaurants and parks or take public transit from the stop out front.
2928 SE WOODSTOCK BLVD, Portland, Oregon, United States
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