Tucked away at the end of a long and winding road in Portland’s beloved Forest Park—one of the largest urban forests in the United States—, 423 Royal Boulevard is located just minutes from downtown Portland but feels like it is miles away. Designed by award-winning Portland firm William / Kaven Architecture, the two-level home is designed to integrate into its sylvan surroundings.
Defined by a dramatic, black geometric facade constructed from non-combustible Aspyre siding (to help comply with local fire regulations) and full-height expanses of glass, the 4,352-square-foot home features a spacious open floor plan with plenty of private nooks and attention to indoor/outdoor spaces. The home opens with a dramatic foyer that peeks into the main living area and is illuminated by clerestory windows. The great room is outfit with oak floors with elegant dark walnut inlay borders to define the spaces—one of William / Kaven's signature moves; a bold, dark-colored wood-burning hearth to anchor the living space; and stunning views of the surrounding forest thanks to wraparound full-height windows.
Two skylights brighten the open kitchen, which boasts bespoke, handcrafted oak cabinetry and a waterfall center island. The kitchen overlooks a dining table with Tom Dixon pendant lighting. The highlight of the space is the sliding glass pocket doors that disappear into the wall, fully exposing the room to its environs.
Another dramatic architectural move is the chunk of negative space that the firm carved out between the upper and lower levels. The negative space serves as a moment between the dining area and the extending living room and is defined by an elegant horizontal structural beam. It also serves to seamlessly integrate the forest into the home and to further enhance the indoor/outdoor living experience. "The opening between the two floors is one of our signature moves in a house," explains architect Daniel Kaven. "Where you can reconnect with two spaces that are vertical and also it sort of simplifies the mass across the elevation of the house on the second level. So you have this beautiful line across this nice modern horizontal piece and then this simplistic geometric cutout."
Other lovely indoor/outdoor moments include an expansive patio just off the living room, a large wraparound terrace set off by glass sliding doors in the master bedroom, and an additional private terrace off the second bedroom. The interiors of the home have been staged by The Good Mod, a local business that specializes in midcentury furniture and bespoke pieces. Scroll ahead for a look inside this Northwestern jewel, priced at $2.5M.
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