A Midcentury Rummer Home Near Portland Hits the Market For $699K

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Rummer is Oregon's answer to Eichler—and his light-filled homes are coveted by midcentury enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest.

Robert Rummer, who now in his nineties, is an important part of Oregon's midcentury architectural history. In the 1950s, as the story goes, Rummer was working in insurance and dabbling in design, when his wife Phyllis returned from a visit to her sister in Walnut Creek, California. She told her husband about the houses that developer Joseph Eichler was building, and Rummer saw an opportunity to create a modern home market in their home state.

While flat roofs are not the best design for the rainy Pacific Northwest, the light-filled atriums struck a chord—and the homes became wildly popular. Eventually, Rummer built over 700 homes in the Portland area—but only a few exist in the upscale suburb of Lake Oswego.

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Rummer built over 700 post-and-beam midcentury modern homes in the Portland area. 

Rummer built over 700 post-and-beam midcentury modern homes in the Portland area. 

This recently listed 2,092-square-foot model features Rummer's classic post-and-beam construction, a stunning high-pitched, double-gable design, a soaring light-filled atrium, and radiant floor heating. An open floor plan wraps around the central atrium, flooding the interiors with natural light—a highly desirable feature during Oregon's dark winter months. 

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The double-gable atrium floods the home with natural light.  

The double-gable atrium floods the home with natural light.  

Light is particularly important during the dark Pacific Northwest winter. 

Light is particularly important during the dark Pacific Northwest winter. 

The open floor plan wraps around the central atrium. 

The open floor plan wraps around the central atrium. 

Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the forested half-acre lot and bring the outdoors in.

Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the forested half-acre lot and bring the outdoors in.

The open living plan features a cedar-paneled tongue-and-groove ceiling anchored by a brick fireplace. 

The open living plan features a cedar-paneled tongue-and-groove ceiling anchored by a brick fireplace. 

The dining room sits just off the living room. 

The dining room sits just off the living room. 

The warm wood paneling is original. 

The warm wood paneling is original. 

The kitchen is in need of an update, but ripe with potential. 

The kitchen is in need of an update, but ripe with potential. 

Original globe pendant lighting enhances the midcentury vibe. 

Original globe pendant lighting enhances the midcentury vibe. 

The kitchen receives natural light on three sides. 

The kitchen receives natural light on three sides. 

One of the home's five bedrooms. 

One of the home's five bedrooms. 

The home's two bathrooms are spacious but in need of updates.

The home's two bathrooms are spacious but in need of updates.

Skylights and sliding doors exist throughout. 

Skylights and sliding doors exist throughout. 

The secluded half-acre lot is filled with lush greenery and large trees.   

The secluded half-acre lot is filled with lush greenery and large trees.   

1961 Park Forest Ave, Lake Oswego, Oregon is now being listed for $699,900 by Marisa Swenson of Living Room Realty. 

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