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Just Listed: Meticulously Renovated Laurelhurst MCM

By Alyssa Starelli, June 14, 2022

A decade ago, this rare Laurelhurst flat-roofed “mid-century modern” was a neglected short-sale with a large leak in the roof. My buyers (now sellers) scooped it up with resolve to slowly restore it to its initial integrity, while tapping previously unmet potential and making the perfect low-maintenance pied-a-terre style home for themselves.

With foresight and taste, they gingerly reworked every room to meet its full possible potential while maintaining the original flow and mid-mod style.  From reorganized bathrooms with radiant floor heat, to a second en-suite bedroom with egress in the basement, to a home media area with fun inset wall lighting and wet bar, this home was going to give “more”.

And it does. Now, in 2022, it is an easy-to-own minimalist’s modern dream home with stylish, well-considered amenities. They have listed it for SALE.  Features are VAST and they include:

Main Floor (1238 sq ft, 2012 remodel):  new commercial membrane roofing system and insulation, new dual fuel heat pump, new Milgard double pane insulated aluminum windows, reconfiguration and remodel of bathrooms, new commercial grade cork flooring throughout main floor except for tile bathrooms, solid core interior doors, custom cherry/cherry veneer cabinetry and woodwork, Caesarstone quartz countertops in kitchen and bathrooms.
Formal Living Room:
    • Heatnglo cosmo gas fireplace insert in existing wood fireplace
    • Fireplace surround is handmade dimensional tile from Heath ceramics
    • Built-in cocktail bar with sliding doors
    • Built-in storage
    • Original book shelves in hall
    • Hall closet (motion detecting lamp)
Kitchen/Dining Room:
    • Ann Sacks murano glass mosaic tile backsplash
    • Custom cherry veneer frameless cabinets with star escutcheons from Rejuvenation
    • Recessed led under cabinet lighting
    • Appliances 
      • Built-in Liebherr refrigerator (dual compressor)
      • Bertazzoni gas cooktop and electric oven
      • Zephyr roma hood
      • Miele futura dishwasher
    • Pantry Closet:
      • Custom Elfa ventilated closet system
Bath 1: 
    • Nutone programmable heated floor
    • Shower over tub
    • Ann Sacks floor and wall tile
    • Comfort height toilet and vanity
    • Built-in linen/storage cabinet
Bedroom 1:
    • Double door closet with custom Elfa ventilated closet system
      • Battery operated motion detecting led light
Bedroom and Bathroom 2 (master):
    • Double door closets with custom Elfa ventilated closet system 
      • Battery operated motion detecting led light
    • Ensuite Bathroom
      • Nutone programmable heated floor
      • Built-in linen/storage cabinets
      • Double sinks
      • Kohler comfort height toilet
      • Custom vanity
      • Tiled walk-in shower with handheld sprayer
        • Handmade Barbara Barry (starburst) wall tile from Ann Sacks
        • Ann Sacks floor tile
Basement Floor (777 sq ft, 2018 remodel): added bedroom with tilt turn egress window, relocated bathroom with ensuite and family room access, relocated laundry and utility rooms, added Runtal european style electric wall radiators with individual thermostats in bedroom and family room, new high-efficiency Rheem heat pump water heater, new commercial grade cork, tile flooring in bathroom, solid core doors, custom cherry/cherry veneer woodwork throughout to mirror main floor, Caesarstone quartz countertop in wet bar and bathroom.
    • Frigidaire front-load washer and vented electric dryer
Wet bar:
    • Blomberg refrigerator
    • Sharp built-in drawer microwave
    • Custom storage cabinets with Caesarstone quartz countertop
    • Handmade ogee drop tile backsplash by Fireclay Tile
Family Room:
    • Custom “sputnik” overhead light fixture
    • Decorative feature LED wall light to mirror post feature on main floor
    • Wall mounted 65” LG oled television
    • Wall mounted Sonos playbar surround sound speaker
    • Hidden wiring leads to “tech area” in utility room
    • Office nook
Bedroom 3:
    • Legal egress window (tilt turn (opens entirely for easier egress, vents for air)).  Egress well has a custom plexiglass cover that is “secured” with carabiners and is easily opened with pneumatic arms, the cover can be removed by the buyer after closing if preferred.
    • Custom wall light fixtures
    • Walk-in closet
      • Custom Elfa ventilated closet system
Bathroom 3:
    • Suntouch programmable heated floor
    • Custom floating vanity with two large drawers
    • Built-in medicine cabinet
    • Built-in storage cabinets
    • Tiled walk-in shower with handheld sprayer
Utility Room:
    • Rheem heat pump smart water heater
    • Freestanding stainless steel utility sink
    • Wall mounted broom organizer
    • Tech area (cords from TV Room)
Garage (328 sq ft, 2020 remodel): new insulation, lighting, electrical and glass doors
    • 200 amp Electrical Panel (installed as part of 2012 main floor remodel)
    • New Age products steel wall-mounted cabinets and workbench
    • New Age products steel wall/ceiling mounted shelving 
    • Gladiator garageworks wall-mounted organization system
    • Epoxy finished floor
    • Two glass doors to the backyard with 3M security film
    • Custom Elfa ventilated closet system
Exterior (altered in 2012 and 2015):
    • GAF tpo commercial membrane roof system (installed in 2012)
      • 25 year warranty (requires yearly maintenance by roofing contractor)
    • Ipe hardwood fence with decorative led backlight polycarbonate panels
    • Built-in seating with cushions
    • Paloform robata gas fire pit
    • Custom galvanized steel and tempered glass fire pit canopy with removable canvas sun shades
    • Concrete hardscaping and pavers
    • Water fountain
    • Walkable ground cover (leptinella squalida)
    • In-ground irrigation system with Rachio “smart” controller
    • Landscape lighting on Wemo smart app or switch at box
    • Freestanding fiberglass planters
    • Scott pine “bonsai” tree in hardscape planter
    • Paperbark maple tree
Smart Home Items (all features currently controlled in Apple Home): 
    • Nest
      • Doorbell cameras on front doors, hardwired (monthly subscription required for recording)
      • Thermostat
      • Smoke and CO detectors, hardwired with back-up battery
    • Wemo outdoor outlet for backyard landscape lighting
    • VeSync smart outlet for backyard gas fire pit
    • Lifx smart bulbs on exterior globe lights (front and backyard) as well as dining room light
Home Security:
    • Vivint monitored home security system (monthly subscription required)
      • Sensors on doors and windows
      • Glass-break detectors
      • Kwikset smart lock on front door
      • Freestanding interior camera
    • Windows which open have 3M security film

This home’s ‘set it and forget it’ features make life a breeze, and the location truly cannot be beat. With the MAX station a mere 0.4 miles away, the PDX International Airport just 9 miles (15 min drive), Laurelhurst School just 0.3mi (no need to cross Caesar Chavez even) Grant Highschool 0.7mi AND shopping/ entertainment 0.4 miles away in Hollywood District, no member of the household is having to stretch themselves to reach the places that are important to them.

In fact, with smart home and security features, low-maintenance landscaping,  smart irrigation and smart lighting, this house is easily monitored, adjusted, and cared for, from home or abroad.

For a walk-through 3-D Tour, please click here: 3-D TOUR

Listed at $949,900.
3920 NE Hassalo, Portland OR 97232

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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