After eighteen months of an incredibly thorough planning, renovation and remodeling process, this 4,608 sq. foot home in Lake Oswego's Rivers Edge neighborhood is completely transformed. Originally built in 1989, this four bedroom home now looks and feels like brand new construction, a rare find in such an established and appealing area. Every aspect of this home from the beautiful walnut trim to the placement of power outlets was a careful choice made with the goal of creating a visually appealing, state-of-the-art and high quality home.
Rivers Edge is one of those neighborhoods that somehow manages to remain somehow both sought-after and secret at the same time. Tucked away along the edge if the Willamette River just off Highway 43 and a short walk to downtown Lake Oswego, it's an area filled with active families and kids. This home's location on a cul-de-sac is particularly nice because it's a low traffic area and a short walk to the private, park-like marina a few minutes' walk away.
From the copper cupola, gutters and downspouts to the new cedar siding and stonework, this home has great curb appeal. New garage doors with frosted glass panes give the exterior a modern vibe. The front door has a similar design with broad, rectangular glass panes that contrast with the dark wood. Inside, the two-story foyer is tiled in a porcelain tile made to mimic the look and texture of natural slate providing durability as well as easy maintenance. These heated floors both literally and figuratively draw friends and family into this warm and welcoming home. A spectacular chandelier hangs above providing a glittering touch of bling to the foyer, the curved staircase and living room that opens to the left.
A step down, marked by adjustable-brightness stair lighting, and a change in flooring demarcates the living room. Here wide-plank, white oak engineered hardwoods are stained with a dark finish that extend through most of the home. A two-story stonework facade surrounds a large, wood-burning fireplace with gas starter that is the focal point of the space and is sure to draw people into the room. The adjacent formal dining room boasts another gleaming chandelier with a rectangular design intended to mimic the table that will stand below.
The kitchen is fully-equipped with brand new, stainless steel Thermador appliances including a side-by-side refrigerator, five-burner cooktop, dishwasher, oven and microwave. Cabinets painted a light cream hang above a granite counters and rich, walnut cabinets below. The center island is also granite with a waterfall-style edge and a striking walnut breakfast bar bordering one side. The small, square glass tiles that make up the backsplash catch the light from the under cabinet lighting and from the large window over the sink that overlooks the backyard. The large pantry will stay beautifully organized with California Closet solutions. A comfortable breakfast nook sits between the kitchen and the sunken family/great room. A warm gas fireplace is one feature of a focal wall that includes floating walnut shelves and a hearth with storage drawers. One whole wall of the family room is a wide set of four accordion-style glass doors that open to the patio and back yard. Finally, a set of wide, walnut double doors leads to the media room at the far end of the main floor. The media room is prewired for speakers and is specially sound-insulated, like much of the house, to prevent not only the soundtrack of the latest action movie, but also the ordinary sounds of a household from bleeding into other rooms.
Back toward the foyer is the home office where some of the homes technological details come into focus. On top of the aesthetic elements of the room including a tiled accent wall with a design reminiscent of stylized birch bark and built-in bookcases that are recessed into the wall, a customized cabinet includes a sliding shelf designed to hold a wireless printer/scanner with the required wiring in place. Another technology enhancement found throughout the home is the multiple WAPs, wireless access points that enable strong WiFi signals in every room, that seamlessly blend into the ceiling.
The full service laundry and mud room on the main floor is a thing of beauty with built-in cubbies for washer and dryer, granite counters, a deep under-mounted sink, built-in ironing board and an absolutely huge dog wash that doubles as a utility wash for fishing gear and muddy soccer uniforms. The attached three-car garage is also completely finished with an epoxy coating on the floor, light fixtures, a state-of-the-art on-demand water heater and furnace with electronic air cleaner.
A curved staircase with a brushed, stainless steel stair rail leads upstairs to what might just be the star of the home - the master suite. The bedroom itself is serene and spacious and includes a sitting area that shares a see-through gas fireplace with the ensuite bath. The space was also specifically engineered to include a place for a television that can lower from the ceiling if desired. The ensuite bath is simply gorgeous. Heated, hexagonal tiles line the floor and this shape is subtly echoed in the tile of the huge, frameless glass shower and the glass vessel sinks. The shower is luxury itself with two low steam jets, two body jets, two shower heads and a large rain head above. The nearby free-standing soaking tub is deep and has a matte finish with a smooth ovoid shape. It's a private spa with the most exclusive of memberships. A modern sliding barn door separates the bath from the California Closets-designed walk-in closet and upstairs laundry area.
Each of the three large bedrooms upstairs have their own ensuite baths with different but coordinating accent tiles. Also, each bedroom is equipped with a spacious closets with custom California Closet storage solutions. A hallway linen closet also doubles as a technology center with a printer cabinet similar to the home office, providing easy shared access for kids doing homework. Additionally, each bedroom has its own thermostat for customized temperature control.
This home is a rare find with all the amenities of the most meticulous modern construction in a quiet, established neighborhood. The location is has easy access to Highway 43, I-205 and I-5 but maintains the aura of a ‘secret' community within Lake Oswego. With the park-like marina and deeded 30' foot boat slip with a covered hydraulic lift on the Willamette River only a five minute stroll away, water skiing and salmon fishing can be daily activities. A bit further down the trail along the Willamette leads into downtown Lake Oswego where community events, restaurants and the popular Farmer's Market beckon. This luxurious home has an incredible balance of easy-to-work and easy-to-play that is almost impossible to find.