Looking for a pleasantly secluded, attractively funky and enduringly stylish getaway (or a hideout!) in the not particularly remote woods of a western state with no state or local sales tax but don’t have or want to spend a Midas-sized fortune?
About halfway between Portland and Eugene, on the forested outskirts of Corvallis, Ore., a quintessential college town whose real claim to fame may be that it’s the westernmost city with a population above 50,000, a well-maintained and updated midcentury-inspired, early-1970s woodsy contemporary home hidden amid towering trees and a lush forest floor of ferns might just be the ticket. About 7.5-miles from the center of downtown, the three-story, shingle-clad home is priced just under $680,000.
A floral stained-glass window alongside the front door serves as a colorful harbinger to the influence and easy relationship the home has to the natural surroundings. At not quite 2,400 square feet, it’s relatively modest in size but what it may lack in square footage it makes up for in airy volume and organic materials that bring the outdoors to the indoors.
There are cedar planked walls throughout and a massive, double-sided rough-cut stone fireplace is shared by the double-height living and dining areas. The porcelain floor tiles are Italian, floor-to-ceiling windows bring all the tree canopy filtered natural light available into the house, and glass sliders lead out to a deck that extends into the treetops and over the fern carpeted hillside.
There’s a bedroom on each of the three levels, though there are bathrooms on only two. There’s a guest bedroom and bath on the main floor as well as a large bedroom tucked down in the daylight basement. A polished concrete floor means it might well be used as an at-home workspace and/or an art studio. The main bedroom is perched on the lofted top floor, and includes a bedroom that hovers over the dining area below, a skylight-topped bath, and an adjoining study with a sunshine-yellow vintage wet bar.
There’s also an updated kitchen with a neighboring laundry room, an oversized two-car garage, a storage room and for those chilly and damp Oregon mornings, noons and nights, a sauna. Plus, the rustic and wooded 1.82-acre grounds ensure plenty of privacy and quiet within easy reach of the necessities and conveniences Corvallis offers.
The property is available through John Tacke and Cheryl Narver at Northwest Realty Consultants.