Luckily this summer I was again in Portland in August and was able to go to the Street of Dreams with my dad. As I mentioned last year (post here) the Street of Dreams and the Portland Auto Show were big traditions with my dad growing up.
This year the Street of Dreams was in Happy Valley and have five houses on display. Being Happy Valley the houses weren’t going to be crazy over the top. The houses ranged from $900,000 to $1.4 million. Unfortunately I forgot the Street of Dream magazine in Portland, but I generally can remember the prices.
This is going to be more of a photo blog since it’s hard to remember all my initial thoughts from my visit (and uploading all the pics are going to be a huge time commitment in itself). I might try to provide a few thoughts on each house as they come back to looking at the pics. But I’ll let you also get your own opinion (either by visiting or looking at the pics).
Northwest Street of Dreams- http://www.streetofdreamspdx.com/
House #1: Ya-Hala by Red Hills Construction ($900,000 price range)
Granted this was the first house so I couldn’t compare it yet to the others, but I wasn’t super impressed. There were a few things that I just didn’t like (ex. inefficient master closet design, a “balcony” that was hardly a balcony, a regular bedroom with access outside that should have been the master in my opinion). I also think it was trying to be something greater than it’s price range and neighborhood. Some things were overly fancy and seemed out of place. One thing was the master bath had a shower with LED lights (one guy even said he felt like he was in a strip club haha). Something else was that there was pretty much two formal living rooms since the “family room” was pretty stuffy. The living room and family room also shared a wall and I thought it would have made more sense to just have it be all open for a gigantic great room. But that would fit more in a family house and maybe this wasn’t wanting to be. I did like some of the interior design and it has a nice outdoor living area (including a basketball court).
House #2: Trillium by Crystal Development ($900,000 range)
I really liked this house, but maybe this was because all of my critiques about House #1 (efficient master closet, master bedroom with access to the outside, and a good sized balcony), Trillium answered. It just seemed more like a family house and was a lot more light and airy and well-designed. Something that really caught my attention was the massive granite counter top in the kitchen! Only downsides were that it’s backyard looked onto the road (but was still set back) and wasn’t as secluded. Overall I really loved the house, especially for the house.
House #3: Eclectic Nouveau by Crystalridge Development ($1.3 million range)
This house was around $1.3 million (I think) and you could notice the difference compared to House #1 and #2. There were a lot of finishes that set it apart. The kitchen was huge and very stunning! It had some really nice views out the back. Overall it was a light, airy, and very modern house with a lot of great spaces (entryway, kitchen, outdoor living area and backyard). Only main critique I had was that the TV room downstairs was super dark/partially wood paneled and had a really old looking couch that reminded me of like a beach house with people’s hand-me-down furniture. Just was very out of place with how light and airy the rest of the house is (take a look at the pic below).
House #4: Rediscovering America by BC Custom Construction (between $1.2 to $1.3 million)
This house was somewhere between $1.2 and $1.3 million I think. Similar to House #3 there were a lot of upscale touches. The name “Rediscovering America” was in regards to all the materials and it was more modern than “American traditional.” I liked how open it was, especially on the main floor and then it was open to the upstairs. The dining room being open to the outside was also really cool. I liked the overall style of the interior, although I didn’t think the kitchen was as stunning as in other houses.
House #5- American Experience by Westlake Development ($1.4 million)
I liked this house a lot! Another one of the houses entitled “American,” but this one was more traditional and I like the style. My favorite parts were the kitchen (which was beautiful), master bedroom, a cool half bath, and then also the great outdoor space and the transition from the kitchen/dining room to the outdoors. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.