Villa Alta Jory
West Linn, OR
Built as an homage to places the homeowner loved to visit, this home is a winning combination of the charming stone farmhouses and luxurious villas of northern Italy with a peaceful simplicity and dedication to its historic inspiration. This gated property encompasses 9.17 acres, with all but 1 acre designated as tax-deferred wildlife habitat. The work is done for you to enjoy this escape from the exigencies of daily life and perhaps pursue the dream of cultivating a vineyard in this ideal microclimate, elevation and Jory silty clay soil, perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines.
THE APPROACH AND RECEPTION HALL
Drive through the gate down the long, private drive, past rolling slopes and round a gentle curve to the home’s entrance. Friends and family will be sheltered from the elements under the gracious porte cochere supported by Tuscan columns and warmly illuminated by an antique lantern. The home’s exterior is stucco, creating an Old World look with an underlying RainScreen system designed to withstand the elements of the Pacific Northwest. Similarly, the roof tiles look like Tuscan terracotta tiles but are lighter-weight and more durable concrete. Like so many features of the home, the Tuscan influence, modernized for today’s lifestyle, makes an appealing combination.
Step inside through the custom-designed and built front doors, their shape a perfect example of the graceful Tuscan arch, a distinctive segmental arch design used throughout the home. Though this exacting arch was often difficult to artisans to achieve, this level of detail was of the utmost importance to the homeowner and the result is a subtle, soft curve resembling an eyebrow that was perfected by the ancient Romans dating as far back as 25 B.C. The palatial reception hall features imported porcelain tiles, which have the floor of an ancient chapel in Spain as their inspiration and an 18th century 25-light Italianate chandelier dripping with Swarovski crystals. A gracefully curved staircase with custom-designed Roman wrought-iron railings and elegant quarter-sawn, radial cut white oak treads rises to the second and third floors which are also served by a nearby elevator. The two-story space is flooded with light from a wall of arched windows with French doors leading out to the porcelain-tiled terrace and a dramatic infinity-edge reflection pool.
THEATER ROOM AND FORMAL DINING
The reception hall opens onto a fabulous great room, with plush, custom-woven wool broadloom carpeting, a double-coved pyramidal skylight, and a stunning 25-ft wide x 14-ft high glass skywall. A spectacular 12 ft wide x 7 ft high Stewart Diamond CineCurve theater screen, commercial-grade Sony projector, legendary Pinnacle speakers, and Lutron shades transform this welcoming entertaining space into the perfect sports- and movie-watching experience. Tucked away at one side of the great room is an intimate, circular dining room perfect for celebrating special occasions. Three tall, arched windows frame the reflection pool, the gentle slopes of the property and a stunning Mount Hood view in the distance. Suspended from a domed ceiling is a glittering 18-light chandelier that beautifully reflects in the beveled mirror hanging above the custom limestone fireplace.
KITCHEN AND INFORMAL DINING
The kitchen is the heart of the home and this inviting kitchen has an almost magnetic pull on all who enter. Custom-crafted cabinets of hand-selected African mahogany and Calacatta marble countertops ordered directly from a quarry in the Italian Dolomites offer warm, rich ambiance as well as functionality. The cabinets, built by Oregon Custom Cabinets in Canby and stained by the company’s most sought-after craftsman, provide the perfect storage solution for everything. At one end of the kitchen, arched clerestory windows direct rays of light from the morning and afternoon sun into an informal dining area. Upper and lower cabinets framing a tall window that looks out on a mature Japanese maple serve as a huge pantry that includes a pull-out laptop shelf. Three wide appliance garages with motion-sensitive LED lighting are located conveniently close to the expansive central island. These workstations, one of which functions as a coffee bar, keep the entire space uncluttered. Other ingenious storage solutions include dedicated crystal and china storage cabinets and a 30” x 30” five-row spice drawer next to the cooktop.
Designed for serious cooks, the kitchen has two SubZero refrigerator/freezers, a 48” Wolf cooktop with custom Venetian plaster hood, two Miele M series 30” wall ovens, a Wolf Teppanyaki cooktop, two Miele LaPerla dishwashers, a built-in microwave/warming drawer, counter level microwave, and three sinks, one of which is Kohler’s chef-designed 42” work station. A massive bespoke butcher block/party buffet backing up to the central island extends the workspace for baking and serving. With its top-of-the-line tools, the kitchen is sure to inspire delicious meals and memory-making for generations.
WINE ROOM AND OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING
The wine room is just off the kitchen’s dining area and a sliding glass wall separating the two can be opened for entertaining. This space has a relaxed, rustic quality, with thick stone walls, arched windows, a gas fireplace, and leaded glass lanterns. The convenient wet bar includes a SubZero dual-zone wine tower refrigerator, a beverage fridge, icemaker, sink, and a deep storage drawer for bottles. The atmosphere extends through arched doors to an outdoor porch with a built-in Wolf BBQ. Blue-green Verde Kazai counters flank the grill, which includes infrared and rotisserie features. Past the porch is a courtyard and Italianate fountain creating wonderful indoor/outdoor options for parties or relaxing after a long day while enjoying the house-wide Sonos system. The courtyard’s ring of yew trees and fragrant rose bushes add to the ambiance.
Away from all the activity of the main floor, across the spacious reception hall, are double doors leading to the primary suite. Spacious and gracious best describe this suite, which includes plush carpeting, designer pendants, silk draperies, dual closets, and dual baths. The bedroom is a serene retreat with a view of Mount Hood and the reflection pool through its French doors, which open onto the broad main terrace. Also in this suite is a quiet home office, which can also be accessed from the reception hall’s foyer. Its bank of six tall, arched windows frames the garden to the west. The distinctive flooring is quarter-sawn, radial cut white oak.
The primary suite’s first bath has an incredible walk-in shower with glass walls and a stunning Rain Forest floor-to-ceiling marble slab. The ADA-compliant shower features wall jets and an overhead rain shower with LED lights. Its sliding glass wall opens onto a private spa-like patio perfect for a quiet cup of coffee and the morning paper or simply enjoying the sunset. The second bath features a gorgeous, six-ft soaking tub with air jets, a handheld shower wand, and a waterfall faucet. Each bath has its own TOTO Neorest toilet, a state-of-the-art smart toilet known for its sophisticated design and deluxe features. Both walk-in closets have custom cabinets with built-in dressers, hanging space, and shoe storage. A large, shared linen closet is plumbed for a stacked washer and dryer.
ELEVATOR VESTIBULE AND UTILITY CORRIDOR
Just off the main entrance is a vestibule with a guest powder room and a spacious elevator to the second and third levels of the home. The vestibule is adjacent to the utility corridor lined with cabinets that house the data/media control center leading to the kitchen and includes an airy, sunlit laundry room with a Miele washer and dryer.
SECOND AND THIRD FLOOR
Upstairs, the second floor is home to two bedrooms and a large, elegant bathroom with a marble vanity, a glass-walled shower, a deep soaking tub with a free-standing faucet, and wrap-around windows. The first bedroom includes a sitting area perfect for yoga, meditation, or watching tv. Its multiple windows afford stunning views of sunrises and sunsets. The spacious second bedroom also includes a sitting area. It has two Juliet balconies, one with a serene view over the Willamette Valley.
The third floor features a top-of-the-world room with views on all four sides through tall, arched windows. Presently furnished as a bedroom, this space could easily function as a spectacular home office or library retreat with a private bath. A dramatic globe chandelier is suspended from the tall, coved ceiling and a long, marble-topped, built-in dresser at one end transitions to bespoke African mahogany cabinets complete with desktop and SubZero refrigerator drawers. French doors open onto two balconies ringed with wrought-iron railing. Both have spectacular views from Mount Hood and the Cascades, across the Willamette Valley, all the way to the distant Coast Range. Watching a ring of Fourth of July fireworks from Portland down to Oregon City, Canby, Newberg, and around to Wilsonville is a neighborhood tradition.
The guest wing can be accessed from the kitchen or its own private entrance near the garage. This is a fully equipped apartment, ideal for visitors, relatives, or live-in staff. Its foyer, a spacious room with high ceilings, can serve multiple functions and includes a half-bath and access to the oversized three-car garage. The foyer leads to the apartment’s great room, overlooking a private garden. The fully equipped kitchen has a walk-in pantry, custom-glazed cabinetry and a large central island topped with Verde Kazai marble. This is a unique space, with coved skylights and a stunning stone accent wall that runs the entire length of the great room and kitchen. Tucked away upstairs is the sunlit bedroom/sitting room with windows on three sides, a full bath, a walk-in closet, and a stacked washer and dryer.
In the year it was completed, the home received a first-place Excellence Award from the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. Despite being essentially 9,500 square feet, the home is extraordinarily energy-efficient. Three separate HVAC zones service the interior. Windows with double-paned, low-E glass are oriented for passive solar heating and cooling. Exterior walls, interior walls, and flooring are insulated above code. Interior doors are ADA-wide and solid wood for sound control. Finishes, including cabinet interiors, are made of low-VOC materials.
Close to Tumwater Winery and Barrel House and Pete’s Mountain Vineyard and Winery, this property is in the heart of this burgeoning wine country. The 18-hole championship golf course of the Oregon Golf Club is just a few minutes down the road. The restaurants, shopping and Farmer’s Market in downtown Lake Oswego are a 15-minute drive, and Historic Main Street in West Linn is minutes away. Nearby schools in the West Linn-Wilsonville district are highly ranked in academics and sports. The Arbor School of Arts and Sciences, one of the most sought-after private schools in the state, is 7 minutes away. A trip to PDX will take less than 30 minutes and the heart of downtown Portland is about 25 minutes away.