A Japanese-Influenced Midcentury Lists for $1.5M in Portland, OR

The 1960s home—recently renovated by Paul McKean Architecture—is one of few known residences designed by local architect Richard Campbell.
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Property Details:  

Location: 5400 Southwest Burton Drive, Portland, Oregon

Price: $1,465,000

Year built: 1966

Architect: Richard Campbell (renovation by Paul McKean Architecture)

Footprint: 2,505 square feet (four bedrooms, two baths)

From the agent: "As one of only a few known homes designed by the noted Portland architect Richard A. Campbell, the Campbell Residence was designed as his personal retreat. It was later carefully renovated by local architect Paul McKean of Paul McKean Architecture. The residence is a unique and storied home and a stunning example of Northwest Regional Modernism. It is now being offered on the market for the second time since being built in 1965. Also known today as the Cain-Wong Residence, the home is nestled into a quiet hillside in Southwest Portland and is surrounded by towering trees and forested grounds."

Noted Portland architect Richard Campbell designed this two-story residence as his primary home on a sloping, wooded lot in Portland’s Highland Crest neighborhood. The 1966 dwelling was renovated by Paul McKean Architecture in two phases, from 2011 to 2013 and 2018 through 2019.

The Campbell Residence—also known as the Cain Wong Residence, as it is currently owned by Aaron Cain and Annie Wong—is "a fusion of a carefully crafted, Japanese-influenced, beam-and-purlin vaulted roof system; an elegant, exposed-concrete pier structural system; generous, custom-milled windows; and custom, built-in furniture throughout," says the listing agent. 

Vaulted cedar ceilings and Douglas fir beams cap the living spaces on the main level. During the first phase of the renovation by Paul McKean Architecture, the kitchen was fully updated with quartz countertops, 14-gauge stainless-steel backsplash, and new cabinets with detailing designed to match the original millwork. "Two under-counter KitchenAid refrigerators were added along with a new dishwasher, induction cooktop, and electric oven," says the listing agent.

Red-oak floors and tongue-and-groove cedar ceilings span throughout the two-level home. 

A custom steel fireplace enclosure by Formed Objects was also added during the first phase of the renovation. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows bookend the open living spaces on the main level and overlook the connecting patios, flooding the interior with forest views. 

The lower level of the home includes the primary suite with a soaking tub and sauna. Three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom are also situated on this floor.

The primary suite was fully updated during the second phase of the renovation from 2018 to 2019.

A custom vanity separates the sleeping area from the luxurious en suite bath, which includes a freestanding tub and a walk-in shower with a heated floor.

A sliding glass door connects the tranquil bathing area to a private patio.

The four-bedroom residence was dubbed Sunset Magazine’s "Home of the Year" in 1967 and won the AIA Portland Chapter Award of Merit in 1966. 

In 1979, architect Gary Michael designed a roof structure that mirrors the form of the original house to cover a section of the large ipe deck.

The midcentury residence is now on the market for the second time since it was built. 

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