Gorge-protected Italianate Farmhouse With 22-car Garage
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- 6 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
Property descriptionIf you are lucky enough to find yourself on the wisteria-draped porch of La Villa at the Gorge at sunset, you may have to pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming. You may have to remind yourself that you are not wrapped in the romance of the Italian countryside, but instead in somewhere equally beautiful and enchanting: the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (https://www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa). With significant protections in place to preserve the environment, views and habitat and to prevent development, you enjoy the confidence of knowing the natural beauty that surrounds you will remain intact.
While you relax in the silence and complete privacy this protected 4.34 acres offers (no window coverings needed here), you are lucky enough to watch the sun drop below the horizon and the rising shimmer of lights in the City of Portland below you.
This location is phenomenal for many reasons beyond the spectacular views of the surrounding farms, forest, and the city beyond. First, the practical: an easy 25-minute drive brings you to downtown Portland, and just a few minutes from home, you'll find shopping and dining. Now, the delightful: you can walk to riverfront Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site where you can enjoy miles of hiking trails, world-class fishing (from the bank or via the boat ramp), swimming, picnicking, and rock climbing on Broughton's Bluff (https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=116).
At the end of the double-gated driveways lined with Italian cypress, La Villa itself stands atop the hillside, an Italianate Farmhouse masterpiece with a 22-car attached underground garage (3700 square feet that could be finished into just about anything). Majestic and approachable, the brick exterior and richly ornamented windows, porches, and tall, windows and doorways harken back to medieval Italian villas and rambling farmhouses. Often included in the Picturesque movement, which showed a preference for unique open plans, variety, and natural landscaping, Italianate Farmhouse style became popular in United States by the middle of the 19th century when architects began to transform it into something distinctly American using a higher degree of artistic freedom than they had in earlier, more rigid versions of the style.
Due to the flexibility inherent in this style, this grand country estate celebrates a winning combination of light, open, flexible spaces with rustic grandeur and ornamentation that make it both elevating and livable. The home features 6 bedrooms, 3 on the main level including the master suite with fireplace and walk-out to the porch, 5-1/2 baths, a sunroom, office, and library media room in 4908 square feet. There is additional square footage in an unfinished attic available.
Upon entering through the double 10' front doors-windows, your attention is drawn to the durable materials and warm finishes. Timber beams intersect the 19-foot ceilings above your head giving a sense of solidity which is reinforced by the foyer's copper chandelier and the great room's central double-sided masonry fireplace. To balance these heavy materials, light is brought in through walls windows and ornamented French doors which are ideally placed in this style as the story of the French door can be traced back to the 17th century when the French brought this Renaissance architectural idea back home from its war with Italy.
Throughout the home, Brazilian cherry floors and artisan textured walls and ceilings created by Portland Euro-Faux artist Gesher Kitzler cultivate a cozy feeling of welcome.
Modern amenities including surround sound, central vacuum, and an open kitchen designed as a gathering space make the home ultimately convenient. Bakers and home chefs will love the kitchen's oversized solid-stone island, ample storage in cupboards and pantry, Sub Zero refrigerator, double ovens, 6-burner cooktop, and the east view of morning light and the tomatoes growing in the garden.
The home's designer added special features including an upper level hang-out space with fireplace and reading nook that is open to the great room below and an upper porch accessible from two bedrooms and the main hallway to enhance the romantic sense of whimsey and repose.
If the home of your dreams includes an ideal location, exceptional views, total privacy, and beautiful architecture and design, you may find yourself lucky enough to end your search at La Villa at the Columbia River Gorge.
1408 NE OGDEN RD, Troutdale, Oregon, United States
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