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Argay Terrace Mid-century Masterpiece

By Alyssa Starelli, September 16, 2021

3236 NE 142ND AVE , Portland, OR 97230

$549,000 (Sold)

  • 4 Bed
  • 2.0 Bath
  • 1868 sqft.

Portland, OR, 97230

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  • Built in 1966
  • 1868 sqft
  • $293.90/sqft
  • County: Multnomah

JUST LISTED: Stunningly updated Argay Terrace tri-level. Impeccably updated with a modernist eye while maintaining classic mid-century features. Situated on one of the quietest streets in coveted Argay Terrace, this Tri-Level plan is a modern favorite for flow and livability.

Featuring 3 bedrooms (master with view of St. Helens) and a family bathroom upstairs; a family room, 1 bed, bathroom, laundry/mudroom with outside egress door to back yard, downstairs; and on the main floor, a formal sunken living room with fireplace, open plan kitchen/dining room with eat/homework bar, and sliding glass door that flows out to the inviting gardens which are terraced and hardscaped w/ multiple patio options.

Currently, two of the rooms are used as office and weight room, which combined with the multiple family rooms and the huge .17 acre gardens, lend comfortably to working and schooling from home. There’s room for everyone! There’s also a two car garage (in which two actual large sized cars fit) connected to the kitchen for easy grocery access.

Now lets talk about this remodel: The owner took a particularly ‘granny-ized’ ranch that had been remodeled (very starkly) some time in the 90’s, and lovingly brought it into the 2020’s.  With a keen modernist eye and an appreciation for clean-lines and quality materials, she was able to gently blend original details, and a mid-century aesthetic with contemporary expectations of “good living”.  This house is pretty much exactly what all my clients envision when faced with the same type of “bring it back to amazing” project. Before you ask, no this wasn’t a flip (but if it was, I’d gladly sell again and again). It was an absolute labor of love that you, as the buyer, get to benefit from with zero effort. Totally move-in ready RADNESS.

Updates Include:

Full-wood cabinets by Belmont
Terrazzo tile floors
Quartz waterfall countertop
Gas range
Professional range hood
Stainless appliances
Eat-in bar
Full dining area
Slider to covered patio and terraced hardscaping

Bathroom Updates:
Dual Sink Mid-Century-style “dresser” vanity
Modernist tile tub surround
New tub (square) and fixtures
Tile floor
Low-flow toilet
Modernist wallpaper
2nd Bath:
New shower surround
New “dresser style” vanity/sink
New paint and wallpaper
Tile backsplash
New VCT flooring.
Interior paintGeneral Home Updates:
Refinished hardwoods
Grass paper and modern print wallpapers
Interior paint
Newer Carpet

Exterior Updates:
New exterior paint
Terraced hardscaping with multiple seating area options
Covered patio

3236 NE 142nd Ave,

Portland OR 97230
4 bed |2 bath |1868 sq. ft.
MLS#21098581 | Taxes: $5,670.52 | Lot Size: .21 Acre


Alyssa Starelli

Broker | OR

A Portland native, Alyssa started her real estate career in the chaotic market of 2005, and quickly realized she reveled in matching particular clients with their perfect home, no matter how unusual. She then began specializing in mid-century properties - both Modern and Modest. More recently, she has included what she calls "Period-Perfect" homes to her repertoire. Her goal in this is to seek out those hard-to-find, unremodeled original homes of all eras. When I started in real estate, I realized there was a market for ranch homes, from Mid-Century Modern to the more modest Daylight Ranch, but few REALTORS® willing to service it. I started highlighting these 'Picks of the Week' on my website, introducing enthusiasts to the full gamut of midcentury houses of Portland. In 2006, I founded the Mid-Century Modern League in order to educate the public about the importance of preserving these gems. Today I continue to focus on Mid-Mod, but have added vintage, mostly unremodeled houses of earlier eras, which I call 'Period-Perfect', because they have interest to clients and are under-serviced too. Frankly, I enjoy seeking out any unusual or original elements a client might be interested in, it's a challenge to rise to." As Founder of the Mid-century Modern League, Alyssa is considered an authority in the local mid-century architecture scene, and is especially proud to include the Editors of Atomic Ranch Magazine in her past-client list. Often quoted in news and radio, she has been able to bring additional interest to her business, listings, and client's homes - many of which have been featured in magazines such as Atomic Ranch, Oregon Home, The Oregonian and also included on several local home tours. With a background in marketing, and an eye for the unique, Alyssa really enjoys buying and selling properties whose interesting features may be overlooked by other realtors, even (or especially) if those features aren't mentioned in the listing. As a hobby, Alyssa has issued herself a challenge to walk every residential street of Portland proper and document the best architecture specimens of each neighborhood. There are about 3500 square miles of Portland, and it's a big feat. By the time she finishes, she will have seen every house in Portland with her own eyes! You can follow her walks on her blog Portland-by-Foot. When off duty, you can find Alyssa at estate sales, honky tonks, her friend's cattle ranch, or seeking out ghost towns, roadtripping to the Oregon high-desert. A music fanatic and semi-retired booker/manager, Alyssa is heavily immersed in the western swing, old-school country, and rockabilly music scene, and you'll often find her out at shows, dancing, maybe even sharing her favorites on the radio. Alyssa Starelli 503-888-1362
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