As many of you know, I have been biding my time in California as I plan to relocate to Oregon soon.
Things like the kids finishing the school year and the less than hot housing market have left us living between two states as our vineyard development continues in Oregon.
I have mentioned we keep an apartment near our land but have recently had to look for larger accommodations to meet the needs of all of us (the whole family) making the move.
Since we are going to build a house on our property we were not interested in purchasing another home so we looked for a rental.
Now, finding a decent rental in somewhat rural Oregon is not easy. We needed to be close to our property as there is always something going on there requiring someone’s attention.
Luckily the Wild Boar happened upon a somewhat snazzy country club neighborhood as he scoured the town for somewhere he knew I wouldn’t complain too much about living.
This particular neighborhood is circa late 60’s early 70’s. It is filled with those sprawling, one story ranch style homes.
The Wild Boar knows I have wanted to go back to a one story home for a while now so this was a plus.
Anyway, most of the homes in this neighborhood sit on the golf course and many have been remodeled. Some have not.
The house we have leased is one of those in the not updated category and lives up to its full 70’s potential.
I was worried. But let me just say, I love this house. It was custom built by a doctor and his wife who lived here until they sold it to move to a nursing home.
Every single thing in this house was custom designed. I guarantee back in it’s hey day, it was some kind of fabulous.
Yes, it needs a kitchen update and new drapes blah, blah…but the bones of this house are incredible, down to it’s crazy but expansive floor plan. Half the time I can’t find anyone because the house is so spread out, I call and call and no one answers.
Here is one view from the living room looking out onto the golf course.
This is from the other side of the room.
So typical of the Pacific Northwest, there are daffodils and moss everywhere around the yard.
This is what you see from the master bedroom.
One area of the house encompasses a large atrium with 8 foot glass windows all around. It’s beautiful and brings light into all the living areas. This is very important for the Pacific Northwest as it is often dark, rainy and dreary.
There are two glass sliding doors on opposite sides that lead into the atrium where there are ferns and other small plants growing. It’s really great, especially the very large windows.
There are the quintessential seventies outdoor lighting fixtures.
And when is the last time you saw one of these? It’s huge and really takes you back in time. It honestly adds a lot of character. The house is filled with really cool lighting fixtures like these. Every room has something different.
All the woodwork in the house…and let me just say, I have never seen so much woodwork, is all custom built. Many of the rooms are covered in cedar. All the custom cabinets have specialty pull outs and little quirks you never see in homes anymore.
This is a cabinet built into the dining room. It has a marble top, which is the same marble used on the fireplace hearth. It is for china and silverware.
On the left is a peek into the drawers of the cabinet. They are solidly built and lined in some pretty wild paper wouldn’t you say? On the top of the cabinet is a pass through door from the kitchen to the dining room. There is also a swing door that goes into the kitchen from this room as well.
I’m pretty sure the original owners of this home were fairly eccentric or maybe artistic is a better description. I know it’s hard to see the true colors, but above is the GREEN sink in the kitchen and on the bottom are one of the matching mustard-colored sinks in the master bath.
There is custom woodworking on doors.
And then there is the blue bathroom. Blue sink, blue floor, blue-etched custom cabinets, a blue toilet, and a blue shower head to go with the blue bathtub! There is a large skylight in this bathroom so it glows a softer shade of blue. The tiny, tiny picture is of the beautiful mirrors in the bathroom, they are way cool.
Oh, there’s more…the light sits above the laundry room sink. Let’s talk about the laundry room. First, it’s almost as big as the kitchen. It has a sink at least four feet deep, it’s own bathroom and mega, mega, mega amounts of cabinets. I love it. You can iron (not that I will), hang wet clothes and have a small cocktail party in there. It’s awesome.
To the right of the light, is another very strange pass through to the kitchen table from the cooking area. Honestly it’s so strangely placed. There is no need for it as the kitchen table would be a foot away. Like I said, eccentric.
Bottom left: There are a few of these crazy switch plates. They are coming down. I guarantee they were made by the original owner but I just can’t do it.
Bottom right: This is a picture of a window pane. All the windows in the house have these wooden-edged windows, they are very cool.
There are large side yards with extensive storage, a workshop and another little enclosed yard. This particular outdoor workshop has electricity, a phone, a heater, windows and all sorts of custom stuff in there.
And speaking of storage…never in my life have I seen a house with so much storage capacity. It’s amazing. This is one of the hallways in the house. This picture is deceiving because this hallway is very, very, very long. If you see the cabinets on the left, down this hallway alone there are probably ten of these. This does not count the other custom built in drawers, hampers (yes hampers) and other types of storage down this hallway as well. I am continually amazed by all of it.
Then, in the middle of the house, in a very random location, is this hobby room. This is just one side of it but it is completely surrounded with built in cabinets of all shapes and sizes, pull outs to write and craft on. There are large windows, a sink and all kinds of specialized tables. The best part is…it’s all mine! I’m going to turn it into my photography studio. It also has two doors that lock! Even better.
Anyway, this house, while it has its many flaws has so much character. I love that.
There is so much more to show but I’ll save it for another time. Hopefully I didn’t bore everyone to tears.
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