Casual Elegance in West Linn
West Linn, OR, USA
The casual elegance of this three-acre estate in West Linn creates such a seductive ambiance, you’ll never want to leave. Everything about this Spanish Transitional-style home - the pool, the tennis court and the gorgeous, lush grounds - says relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. Located just five minutes from everything you need, this property is a private retreat.
Originally built by Lake Oswego design maven and owner of Oswego Trading Co, Sally Caplan in 1997, this property gives Santa Barbara Spanish Revival vibes with its side-gabled roof and peaked entryway outside and crisp white walls paired with dark hardwoods inside. Custom built by David Metzger Construction; Caplan worked closely with Tanya Durham Home Design to create her vision. Bordered by tall laurel hedges, the property is reminiscent of the great Southern California resorts of Hollywood’s Golden Age, where movie stars lounged and played tennis. Today this is the perfect vacation-where-you-live property, with ample space to entertain, work and play in a refined setting with stunning exteriors.
The arched front door with its Spanish-style wrought-iron hardware is the perfect introduction to this home’s palette of rich textures and neutral colors. Step inside to the main living area where large windows and the home’s south-facing orientation make for light-filled rooms, even on grey Oregon days. The living room is an open, two-story space featuring a focal point Spanish Revival fireplace with an Avalon wood stove insert. The homeowners made the choice to install this particular model because of its environmentally responsible attributes including high efficiency, EPA certification and zero smoke output. The show-stopping white plaster fireplace and rustic wood mantle are flanked by French doors that lead outside to the back patios, creating the perfect flow for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. A convenient but discrete wet bar with cocktail ice maker, beverage/wine fridge, and sink is tucked away in a corner of the room for easy entertaining without interfering with the clean lines of the surroundings. A sinuously curved staircase leads upstairs where a gallery overlooks the main floor on three sides.
Just off the living room is everyone’s favorite gathering spot, the kitchen. With white cabinetry, leathered granite bar tops and white Caesarstone quartz countertops, this stylish space is pleasing to the senses especially when something savory is simmering on the six-burner Viking range. Double-sided upper cabinets with glass doors allow light to stream through the space and are of functional benefit as well, allowing access from both sides making it easy for guests to grab a glass without disturbing the cooking. The dining space overlooks the backyard with large windows framing gorgeous sunsets and a view that is as beautiful to behold when it is raining as it is when it is clear. This special vantage point has clear sight lines to the many birds that visit the area, including bald eagles and a beautiful great blue heron. A French door leads outside to the upper patio from the dining room, providing easy access to the kitchen for grilling and snacks by the pool.
On the opposite side of the living room, arched entryways lead to the comfortable den. This space is tucked away from the main living area but is connected, providing a little seclusion without total separation. The main level and poolside Sonos system’s control unit is housed in this room for easy access.
Step outside into your own private sanctuary set on a peaceful street in a neighborhood that feels miles away from the buzz of city life. A 20 ft tall laurel hedge and an Invisible Fence line the perimeter of the barefoot-friendly grounds that have hosted dozens of tennis tournaments, summer sports camps, parties and celebrations. Friends and family will flock to your private resort and will have no trouble finding a place to park with two entrances to the property and off-street parking for 15 vehicles. The yard just off the back patios is divided in two with the lower area devoted to a lush grass lawn ideal for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, football, frisbee, outdoor yoga or stargazing on a blanket at night. The other half is the pool with its wide concrete deck surrounded by a tall wild grass border. Steps lead down from the two levels of patios to the lawn and pool, skirting past soaring Douglas fir trees and a giant Oregon white oak Heritage Tree. At the bottom of the yard is a lily pond frequented by a spectacular great blue heron and a fantastic tree house ready to be the scene for another generation of pint-sized adventurers. An abundance of wildlife enjoys visiting the grounds including bald eagles, owls, pileated woodpeckers, rabbits, squirrels and frogs. Fig, sour cherry and Italian plum trees, many of which were planted to commemorate special occasions, dot the landscape along with a few Pinot Noir vines that might just spark an interest in winemaking.
The side yard is home to the ideally-oriented north-south tennis court. Considered one of the best in the Portland area, the court won design awards when it was built. Visitors have remarked at the similarity of the property to the Ojai Valley Inn and the relaxed glamor of Southern California. A large magnolia tree shades a recently-added patio for observing a tennis game or cooling down post-match while enjoying a snack harvested from the blueberry and raspberry bushes nearby. The large fenced garden is situated next to the tennis court and contains six raised beds and drip irrigation ideal for veggies and herbs. A greenhouse ready for vegetable starts sits to the side, and the walk-in 30 ft x 30 ft chicken coop’s roof is home to the solar panels that heat the pool. Just down the driveway is a carport perfect for storing a boat, SUP boards, or kayaks to use on the Willamette River from a boat launch 10 minutes away.
Back inside, the primary suite is conveniently located on the main floor. Complete with an attached home office, this is a quiet sanctuary away from the distractions and noise of the main living area. The bedroom is a spacious retreat complete with a gas fireplace and a hot tub sitting right outside the ensuite bath. Dual closets and a large walk-in shower with multiple heads complete the space. The large laundry room is also located on the main floor near the three-car garage which includes a Tesla charging station.
An open gallery that serves as a library overlooks the living room from the second floor. This cleverly utilized space divides the second floor with two spacious bedrooms and a large bonus room with space for a ping pong table and seating area on one side. The opposite side features a third bedroom perfect for overnight guests featuring an ensuite bath and a balcony that offers the best views of the fireworks over Oswego Lake on the 4th of July. A secondary office, home gym, or yoga studio with a fireplace is located next door.
Imagine gathering fresh eggs, harvesting tomatoes and basil from your garden and enjoying brunch while looking forward to an afternoon of tennis and lounging by the pool. That’s the kind of opportunity this property affords its next owner. With an ideal location just 5 minutes from Oswego Hills Vineyard & Winery and a neighborhood filled with walking and biking paths, there is plenty to do if you ever feel the need to leave the property. From here, a trip to downtown Lake Oswego’s restaurants and Farmer’s Market will take about 10 minutes and the drive to PDX will take about 30 minutes. Downtown Portland is about 25 minutes away as is Nike Headquarters. The Arbor School, one of the top-ranked private K-8 schools in Oregon is a 10-minute drive and the nearby West Linn public schools including Trillium and Stafford Primary Schools, Rosemont Ridge Middle School and West Linn High School are highly rated both academically and in athletics.
Opportunity is knocking.