Article Written by Michelle Johnson
We’re getting geared up for the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams. The Portland market is strong, and it’s time to dream bigger than ever before. This year’s dream homes range from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet and are $3-$4 million in value. Plus, The rustic Barrel House, complete with tasting room, serves as the perfect setting to enjoy conversation and wine.
The setting? Pete’s Mountain in West Linn. This is a vineyard development area with stunning mountain views. But the real inspiration here are the homes. If you are looking for a dream home, getting ready to remodel your home, or want to build a new home from the ground up, this is all the inspiration you’ll need!
Check out this year’s lineup of inspirational homes by some of Oregon’s finest Luxury builders:
“My heart” in French, Mon Coeur is sure to strike a chord in your heart. It’s a cross between French Farmhouse and Hamptons dream home. The floor plan, while unique is style, is practical for multiple generations of family. The beautiful Lacanche kitchen range was custom made in France to the owner’s specifications. Terracotta subway tile, shiplap walls, and an outdoor terrace with seating around the firepit are just some of the attractive features of this home. This dwelling makes the most of its vineyard setting and captures sweeping views of Mt. Hood from most any room in the home.
It’s Tuscan countryside meets modern Manhattan loft. Old world and new world have never been so comfortable together. From the moment you pass through the stone gatehouse and cross the covered bridge, you know you’re on a magical journey. Twenty-six-foot beamed ceilings and a custom bronze windows provide old world feel, while a glass wall opens the entertaining room to invite in the great outdoors. Stunning views of Mt. Hood are taken advantage of with an outdoor kitchen, infinity hot tub, and anything else you need for a night under the Oregon sky. I guess this is what you get when you pair up two of the finest female builders in the Northwest. We’re proud to have this beautiful home on the street of dreams, ladies!
Maison de Reve
A modernized French country chateau overlooking vineyards and offering a picture-perfect view of Mt. Hood is just the beginning of what this home has to offer. A unique stone tower invokes the feel of a medieval French castle, while local artists and craftsmen have given the home many artistic features from a hand painted ceiling in the powder room to an eclectic art collection. The home is designed for an active lifestyle both indoors and out, with a personal gym, pool, sports court, and the ability to easily switch between indoor and outdoor entertaining. The details make this home a spectacle to see, and then there’s always the two-story great room with huge windows framing Mt. Hood alongside the rest of the art.
The aptly named Quintessence is the perfect blend of fire and water, focusing on these two elements to create a breathtaking experience. The blazing ponds are more than just aesthetics, they show respect for the environment around the home. This is the largest home in Oregon to receive a Platinum Earth Advantage Certification, and it was done without sacrificing style. The master bath shower collects rain as part of rain curtain waterfall. Dramatic use of glass invites in nature without sacrificing quality or efficiency. An opening window wall creates the perfect environment for indoor or outdoor entertaining. And, you can’t think about this home without mentioning the 2,200-pound boulder in the master shower, completing the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor harmony.
La Dolce Vita
A Tuscan villa on an Oregon vineyard is the only way to describe this old world style home with reclaimed wood, stucco, authentic clay tile roofing, and natural stone. Incredibly high beamed ceilings with hardwood floors solidify the rustic feel. A dream kitchen is designed around a 60-inch Thermador range cooktop. Stepping into La Dolce Vita is like stepping back in time. The outside is just as impressive. An outdoor shower, putting green, TVs, an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, and a tremendous pool with an infinity edge, water slide, and multiple waterfalls ensure you are surrounded by luxury inside and outside of the home.
Don’t Miss a Moment
There are plenty of events to keep the whole family occupied this year:
The Chef Series takes place on August 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th. Professional chefs from the NW BBQ & Grill School will help you to hone your skills on the grill. Wine tastings and yummy samples will be part of the event.
The Celebrate Veterans Event happens on August 11th. Current and former military members receive free admission, and they can bring up to three family members for free as well.
The Style at the Street event occurs on August 23rd. It’s an evening full of fashion shows accompanied by entertainment and private design tours.
The 2016 Street of Dreams begins on July 30, 2016, and runs through August 28, 2016. Tickets are just $17 and get you a full day of inspiration. You won’t want to miss out.
Michelle Johnson is the owner and publisher of Oregon Lifestyle & Home Magazine and a licensed Oregon Realtor. Michelle combines skill, experience, reputation, deep market knowledge, and marketing know-how, to create an unparalleled customer experience in everything she does.
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