Brilliant Once Upon a Time Custom Homes on Oswego’s Uplands Ridge with Views of Forever

The backyard view was a million dollar setting looking out across Oswego Lake and sunrise on Mt Hood. I had forgotten one afternoon a few years ago I was headed up to one of my listings on Glen Eagles and was stopped by an oddly dressed fellow dressed in chaps and a cowboy hat at the Corner of Crest and Wembley Park rd. He turned out to be a friendly hired security guard from LA turning way people who were sneeking in to watch Harrison Ford and Brenda Fraser in ‘Extraordinary Measures’ being shot in a multimillion dollar home on the Uplands Ridge. Lake and MountainView Homes in Lake Oswego

Today there are three new custom homes coming out of the ground in the Oswego Uplands above Iron Mountain. Two capturing variations of that spectacular view overlooking the once boisterous narrow gauge railroad that ran below the Crest of Iron Mountain down across where the Country Club Golf Course is into First Addition and down to the Foundries on the Willamette at George Rodgers Park.. 2200 Crest, is Three Story Custom home, a fusion of Tudor and Traditional styling designed and constructed by a great local grown developer West coast homes solutions , Eugene Labunsky. It will be 3600 sqft with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.

2200 Prestwick is just above the home depicted in ‘Desperate Measures’ and has an even better view. Designed by Leon Miller Price and constructed by Cowan construction llc Mike Cowan another local home Oregon grown builder. This home will be a Craftsman style featuring Pre-finished wood shingles, Classic Stone Masonry with an enormous Wood beamed great room overlooking the Lake and Mtns. It will be 5300 sqft with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths.


1780 Ridgecrest rests 14th green overlooking Mt Hood and the Oswego Country Golf Club . This pristine 13,000 lot faces south overlooking the wooded slopes of Iron Mtn Park with Oswego Lake shimmering down below. This home is still being conceived and constructed by local Lake Oswego builder Stoneridge Custom Development . Many of John Tercek’s brilliant Custom Homes have become landmark locations and floor plans featuring the very best of Northwest Architecture and design. Lake and Mountain View Home in Lake Oswego Oregon

Homes and Townhouses in Idyllic in the Alberta Arts District

It might seem like a stretch to compare Alberta Arts today to living to NE Portland lifestyles during the Leave It it to Beaver 50′s. Yet Young parents and little children wearing bike helmets and ice cream smiles seems to cover the sidewalks on recent laid back sunny winter Alberta day . 

New Seasons on 33rd a couple of block up from Alberta could almost qualify as our 2nd residence. Carts with floating gardens of kale, carrots, apples headed to parking in front of the cute small bungaloe homes. 

The brilliant metal sculpture Alberta Arts sign a vision of a fluttering flock of black metal crows settling down on the east side of the street inviting future crowds to the series of last  last thursdays and the Alberta st fair on 8.11 in 12.

Too easy to be lured into Café Vita’s vegetarian and vegan fare by the affordable prices.  The Alberta Rose Theatre once known in many different incarnations as the Alameda Theater, Macedonia Church of God and Victory Outreach Church and the 1st black owned theatre in Portland.

My favorite local nonprofit MESO is housed in the Black United Fund building offering much needed Professional microcredit capacity building for a diverse array of small fledgling local entrepreneurs.

New Ultra modern townhouse units have recently flown off the market. Traditional and Contemporary Skinnies are found on many of the side streets.


The eclectic combination of colorful restored streetcar buildings, Scattered Quansit huts office buildings, new ultra modern mixed buildings seems to invite a frenzy of funk, color and poster totem Poles.

The Siam Society seems to have a bit of magic about the old power station building. Its doesn’t ever seem to open when I am in the neighborhood.

An adorable little boy sitting on his mom’s lap lapping Salt and Straw ice cream watching Bikes streaming on the cross streets of Alberta heading home to Community Recycling. I tasted Salt and Straws spectrum of other worldly flavors, brown ale bacon, pear blue cheese and olive oil my fave.

The La Petite Provence Boulangerie Alberta hot spot is soon to open a branch in Lake Grove.

A wide mix of home styles stretch south and north of Alberta from 15th to 33rd up to Fernwood Park And Concordia College. Expect Infill to pick up this year. Inventory for New and Restored homes in the area in neighborhood is low . Affordable fixers are even more difficult to find.

Harvesting Our Urban Generosity sharing the wealth of our homes and land

This last year my wife and I became avid juicers after watching a great movie called ‘Fat Sick and nearly Dead’.  I must admit this past fall I was very much aware of so many lovely fruit trees lying wasted in backyards of Real Estate  for sale I was showing and empty Commercial Building  lots . I was able to harvest months of free delicious unused apples from a 39 acre retreat listing I have in Willamina.

I  recently discovered  in the Richmond neighborhood newsletter, a wonderful  story about  the Portland Fruit Tree project , a grass-roots non-profit organization harvesting  and teaching care of Urban fruits trees providing fresh fruit to folks who don’t always have full access to fresh alive  foods.

PFTP organizes neighborhood volunteer efforts to harvest found in The Sabin Community Orchards, neighbors with unused fruit growing in their trees in Abernathy- Hosford Abernathy, Richmond,  Buckman, Sunnyside,

Laurelhurst , Tabor  and growing network of urban neighborhoods.

Portland Urban Harvest

PTFC’s harvest and food distribution partners include the Oregon Food Bank, Sisters of the Road Café and dozen location nonprofits and churches.

There are many ways to Volunteer -  attend a harvest event, encourage  registering trees for harvest or donate.  503-284-6106


Perfection for Empty Nesters Downsizing into One Levels and Aging in Place Homes.

It has been a long while since our market was deemed a Sellers market. Recently l had the pleasure to facilitate a speedy an lovely transaction of a Custom One Level Home near the West Linn Central Village. And I confirmed  one niche that is definitely in huge demand ‘ custom homes on one level’.

This Aging in Place model is a home designed for all of life’s stages grounded in health and wellness.  Targeting active adults cherishing their health and vitality featuring a custom Universal Design accommodating aging in place.

The features that made this property are an appealing  Architectural Prairie Modern Design with  Leeds Gold amenities. Its location close to a Suburban Village uniquely surrounded by (10) acres of extraordinary pristine forest and river privacy by Burnside Park and Maddox Woods.

The   Modern Elegance and compelling aspects of the functional design are  its spaceship sized Great Room Living Space illuminated by through high galleries of clerestory windows.  Perfect for entertaining and quiet meditative moments beside the Ultra modern gas fireplace.  A huge 15’ wall was designed especially for large art pieces.  Magnificent Custom 8’ doors lead to two private patios’ surrounded by absolutely magnificent  preservation forest, river areas and nurturing Bioswale landscaping.New and Remodeled One Level Homes in the Portland Area

Since we had quite a number of requests to write backup offer I made contacts with a several  brilliant  local builders  I have worked with that have an interest in building Custom Aging in Place one level + homes.  Several of these builders already own lots that may accommodate a one level + footprint. I also

Have deep roots in the city discovering building sites.

If you and yours are planning to downsize and have an interest in exploring creating a custom retirement home that incorporates many of your own special features , please contact me for more information and useful resources.  Wolfgang RE/MAX Equity Group cell/text 503-969-6262