Contemporary home with vaulted ceilings, with large deck on an acre with fruit trees and gardens, picnic area with fireplace, gazebo, firepit and off-street parking. Great place for kids. Owners are artists whose home and studios are on the property. 10 minute drive to downtown, close to the zoo and Washington park, half mile to HWY 26 and a scenic drive to the Oregon coast.
The house has good appliances, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, gas stove, basic staples and spices provided. Fruit and produce available in season. Laundry room on the main floor, Living room has new furniture, a Baldwin Acrosonic piano, TV, Wifi, Upstairs, a large studio workroom with comfy couch and North skylights. All three bedrooms have windows overlooking a big very private yard. Two bedrooms have new queen beds, one bedroom has 2 twin beds. There is art work on the walls, books and magazines on the shelves, board games and puzzles if you want them. The hosts are available if you need something, invisible if you don't. Two friendly dogs share the grounds.
Our street dead-ends on both ends and is accessed only by a short street in the middle. It makes the neighborhood very quiet and safe. There are no houses behind us. There is a pleasant walking path around the neighborhood. The backyard is large with picnic table and a covered structure with daybed great for naps and reading. An old barn is one artist's studio, another studio is attached to the guest house. The grounds are lush with gardens and trees.
The 10 minute drive to the city can be a scenic meander down Cornell Road through Forest Park, past the Audubon Center and directly into the picturesque Northwest and the Pearl District or a quick drive down 26 to the zoo, the soccer stadium and downtown. If a trip to the Oregon Coast is on your itinerary, a half-mile jog to HWY 26 gets you on the road with no city traffic. Washington County is wine country. Information on tours and wineries provided. Nearby Beaverton is a mecca for ethnic restaurants. A short drive to Forest Park has miles of gorgeous hiking trails. Summer time farmer's markets are great for local produce and entertainment. Oregon College of Art and Craft 2 miles away has exciting workshops for adults and teenagers and terrific camp for younger kids. Information on activities is available from your hosts.
We are active seniors. Both artists, retired from jobs at local art colleges. Harry is a nationally recognized painter who has Alzheimer's disease. The philosophical and social aspects of his personality are intact. He continues to enjoy the stimulation of a very social and intellectual life. We stay busy with friends, day trips, our dogs and cultural events. I am an avid gardener and do all the yard work. I do my art work when I'm not digging, driving, dining, dog-walking or cooking. We have a very active social life and love sharing our property with our VRBO guests. I am currently developing a new, more private area in the yard especially for guests. Watch for new photos. We live on the property and we love to share. If privacy is a major issue with you, just let us know and we can disappear.
We replaced an old greenhouse on our property with the guesthouse. We rented to art students for several years and had a great time with the house full of young people. Now that our extended family has out-grown our house, we enjoy having the guesthouse available for our children and grandchildren's visits. Between family visits, we are happy to make it available to others through VRBO and HomeAway.
The yard is very big, has a rustic, country feel to it with lots of interesting, surprising spaces. The 'Perch' can be a great place for naps or reading, can be a theater (our grand kids made a fine village scene backdrop), stage for music (we have had several bands play there) or with the canvas curtain down can be an outdoor movie theater. There are a couple different areas for campfires and picnics. Kids love being here when the blue berries are ripe or the gardens have things to pick. Yet, we are minutes from everything Portland has to offer. What could be better if you want a country experience in the city?
Our property is in unincorporated Washington County has a Portland address but is surrounded by Beaverton. Being on the Northwest edge of Portland 1/2 mile from Hwy 26 it is a congestion free trip to the Oregon Coast or wine country. Yet it is a 10-15 minute trip to the heart of the city. Washington Park with the zoo, Children's Museum, Forestry Center, Vietnam Memorial, Rose Garden, Arboretum and great hiking trails is minutes from us. Other places near are the Audubon Center, the Pittock Mansion with incredible views of the city.
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