Historic South East Portland Home
Portland, Oregon, United States
You can be the next person to call this slice of Portland’s history in the heart of Southeast home. This beautifully maintained and updated 1904 craftsman home was built by Filippo Speciale, an Italian immigrant who came to Portland in the late 1800s to pursue the American dream. Just a child of 12, Speciale started selling produce discards from local markets door-to-door from a wooden cart and eventually grew his business into a greengrocer on Hawthorne.
Speciale’s story is one of hard work and determination and this home is a poignant symbol of his success. Arriving here with nothing more than the clothes on his back and a sign around his neck to identify him to his relatives, this home that still stands proudly 118 years later is a testament to his drive and the importance he placed on family.
Since Filippo and his family gathered on the wide front porch to have their photo taken, the individuals who have owned this home have served as caretakers of its heritage. Original hardwood floors, leaded glass built-ins and the pink marble surrounding the fireplace that Fillipo imported from Sicily have all been carefully preserved. Conversely, one can certainly imagine that the Italian greengrocer would have been overjoyed at the conveniences that the updated kitchen offers with its quartz countertops, SubZero refrigerator, Viking range and Electrolux oven.
This home is spacious with a large front room that spans the width of the home. Large craftsman windows with a valance grid at the top flood the space with natural light. At one end is a wood-burning fireplace with the pink marble surround that Fillipo proudly imported from Italy. Built-in cabinetry with leaded glass inserts flanks the fireplace and another original element, a wide mirror, hangs above the mantle. French doors divide the space from the formal dining room where coved ceilings and a picture railing elevate the space for special occasions. A built-in sideboard is perfect for display, a serving buffet, or could also be used as a bar.
The renovated kitchen incorporates original cabinetry with modern conveniences and a sleek layout. A breakfast nook sits in a light-filled alcove perfect for watching the neighborhood come to life while sipping coffee in the morning. The main floor also includes two bedrooms and a hall bath with the original fixtures.
Upstairs is the primary suite and large, recently renovated ensuite bath. The bedroom is huge with enough space for a seating area, home office, or both! The bath features two vanities and an oversized walk-in shower. Throughout the home, the original crystal doorknobs add vintage appeal.
Downstairs is the laundry room and a wine/storage utility room as well as the two-bedroom ADU. Complete with a separate entry and its own laundry room, this ADU is beautifully appointed. The kitchen features quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances overlooking a spacious living room with new carpet. Two large bedrooms and a shared bath complete the space.
Outside, the home includes a private concrete patio with enough space for a seating area and grill and a detached two-car garage. The home itself, once surrounded by agriculture now sits on the edge of Division/Clinton, one of Portland’s most dynamic neighborhoods with popular restaurants and shopping. Coffee shops, cafes and the Clinton Street Theater are steps away and Abernethy Elementary is a five-minute drive. Hosford Middle School is a seven-minute drive and Cleveland High School is nine minutes. A trip to PDX will take about 20 minutes and downtown Portland is just over 10 minutes away.