In this series, Agent Andy Barlow tours listings by other Urban Nest agents. As he visits properties across the city you’ll get the inside scoop on our listings and pick up valuable insight from one of Portland's most discerning real estate professionals.
Imagine life in the heart of the city, perched up high with views of the skyline, but right in the middle of all the action. Now imagine living in the hills surrounded by nature and enjoying the peace and quiet. Which would you choose? But what if you didn’t have to pick one or the other, what if you could have the best of both worlds?
For this home tour, I’m showing you that very possibility. Just a five-minute walk from Portland State University, up a narrow forested hillside drive, arriving at 1319 SW College Drive feels like you’ve just pulled up to your European cliffside retreat. With 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (one including a steam sauna!), this 2,111 square foot house spans three different levels with views of the city skyline from almost every room, plus two large patios.
Entry to the house is on the middle level, next to an attached two car garage. This level of the home is essentially a large master suite. The bedroom comes complete with a fireplace, sweeping city views through a wall of windows, space for whatever size bed you want, and an attached bathroom with slate shower surround. Just steps from the master bedroom you find the first of two patios, which is covered, and referred to as the “breakfast room” by the sellers. There is an unobstructed view of the downtown skyline here, too.
“The covered patio brings added functionality for use throughout the year,” Andrew Galler, the listing agent, tells me as I imagine myself sitting out there with my morning coffee watching the rain and fog pass over the city.
Heading upstairs to the top level you find a massive roof deck (again, the views are incredible), two bedrooms, and another full bathroom. Back down to the lowest level you find the main living areas. The sunken living room boasts tall ceilings, walls of windows, another fireplace, and a wall of built-in glass front cabinets that separate the space from the overlooking kitchen,. Off the kitchen and dining room is another living space that would make an amazing home office, the last full bathroom, and a huge pantry (and I mean HUGE).
As I ended the tour, I asked the owners what they have loved most about living in this house. “The view!” was their immediate answer. “There is also a great separation of space, perfect for an in-law suite or college student moving back home. The proximity to the farmers market is also great. You can walk to and across campus in just 10 minutes.” (tip: if you haven't been to the Saturday Farmer’s Market on the PSU campus - you need to go!). “It’s also very private and we love how quiet the street is.”
As I left the house—it wasn’t easy to leave the stunning views and the warm and welcoming company of the sellers—I got the feeling that whoever buys this house next will be very lucky. After leaving I drove downtown to do some shopping and I couldn’t believe how quickly I was back in the heart of the city. Did I mention how close this place is to downtown..?
If you’d like to know more about this urban retreat, or would like to schedule a tour, please let me know—I’d love an opportunity to go back!