|The "Story-Ranch" near Glendoveer Golf Course|
The Hunt: My friend, Eric Wheeler - the fantastic Architectural Historian - and I headed out by bike to look for an enclave of Mid Century Moderns Eric had heard were hiding in an area near Glendoveer Golf Course. We chose to explore by bike because it was so much fun to have the flexibility cycling gives you while on a hunt. We could easily take detours from our main route if we picked up a scent of MCM's on a street. Fortunately, I had Eric along to make sure we had found what we were looking for.
Catching the Scent: After taking a quick tour through Cherry Blossom, we took our expedition out to the areas east of the golf course. We found a few MCMs scattered throughout that area. Some of these MCM's were true catches - real gems from the era and true eye candy. But we were hunting for a more homogeneous gathering of the style. So, we mounted our bikes and headed a bit north. We stumbled across a few more specimens in the area just north of the golf course. That's where we found what looked like a new breed of the MCM that Eric dubbed the "Story Ranch," pictured above. This house, according to Eric, is a creative twist of the 1950's Ranch with elements of the Story Book style.
Love Portland: Yesterday's adventure is a perfect example of why I love Portland so much. Portland has so many little hidden gems and pockets of neighborhoods that you don't expect. Neighborhoods with their own personality and style. If you just slow down and look around, you're bound to discover something you love.
What's your favorite neighborhood to explore?
Lisa Ratzlaff, Broker