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Just Listed: Overlook’s Mid-Century Icon

By Jim Arnal, May 6, 2020

3909 N Overlook Terrace

Portland, OR 97227

Perched on the bluff that gave Overlook its name, this beautiful mid-century home stands today as an icon, balancing the southern arm of what many would argue is North Portland’s most incredible street.

As you approach this 1956 home you are welcomed by custom metalwork and adjacent hardscape. Entering the home, you are greeted by some of the most incredible surface treatments you will ever see in a residential structure. As you move into the living room the metalwork wraps around the stunning fireplace that serves as a deserving centerpiece. Massive updated windows allow an abundance of light to accentuate the incredible colors of the home and provide an amazing view of the bluff and the cityscape.

The kitchen has been carefully updated to include white quartz counters, mahogany cabinets and a notable appliance package. An expansive outdoor deck reinforces the home’s incredible flow and offers outdoor access from the dining and living rooms. A separate entry from the SE adds to the interior/exterior flow and greets you with a custom hutch accented by a bulletin board and key drop.

The main level is rounded out by 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The master suite features a hand painted mural inspired by Van Gogh that extends from the wall into a paneled door covering. The en suite bathroom is luxurious in both its fit, finish, and layout.

Beyond the main level is the lower daylight basement with high ceilings, bright colors, and an abundance of living space with access to a partially covered outdoor area. A large central room makes an excellent gym or play area and the additional bedroom and full bathroom is ideal for guest quarters. A family room with brick fireplace, 4th full bathroom and laundry room round out the lower level.

Thoughtfully designed and planned at every turn, this captivating mid-century home is arguably one of the most important homes in this neighborhood and beyond. With one-of-a-kind details, an incredible color palette, and an unmatched location, it’s no surprise that it has been featured in design publications like Domino magazine. This mid-century Overlook is truly a piece of art.

OFFERED AT $1,050,000


3 BEDROOM | 4 BATH | 2,706 SQFT

Jim Arnal

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | OR

I grew up in a small college town in California where the backdrop was 1920’s bungalows, single level ranches and the San Gabriel Mountains. As a young boy I was an avid fort-builder and found myself drawn to architecture early. I can remember my mom dragging me through open houses in between soccer games on the weekend and watching my father tackle almost every home remodeling project under the sun. While I loved the surf, a love of the outdoors and 90’s grunge rock drew me north for college where I studied design and architecture. Summer and winter holiday trips back home to see my family gave me an excuse to stop in Portland where I would indulge in Montage mud pie and late night coffees at the Rimsky Korsakoffee House. Portland stuck with me and a couple years after college my wife Carrie and I moved here to start our family and my real estate career. Unlike many generational REALTORS®, I started from scratch in 2002. I would spend every day reading up on neighborhood histories, studying market trends and beefing up on my construction knowledge. A couple years prior, I had bought my first home and while my REALTOR® was friendly, I was surprised that their level of service had considerable room for improvement. From the beginning of my real estate career I have always been with my clients at every stage of the process with an unwavering attention to detail, deep rooted understanding of contract negotiations and Portland home construction. Soon my practice was almost exclusively referral based as the support of past clients helped me grow to be one of the top agents in my company. While accolades and awards have never served as motivation, I have always appreciated recognition by my peers and clients. Since 2005 I have been a Diamond-Platinum member of the Master’s Circle and in 2019 I was the Top Producer at Living Room Realty and one of less than 100 REALTORS® in the Portland metro awarded the Portland Monthly Five Star award for nine straight years. Accolades aside, my goal of improving my trade has never wavered. I received my developer’s license in 2013 and my contractor’s license three years later, not as capitalistic endeavors but with the goal of enriching the counsel I could give my clients. What was initially an academic endeavor to bolster my construction knowledge turned into a variety of projects for my clients ranging from the construction of new homes and ADUs, to the design of new kitchens and bathrooms and even the occasional restoration of a historic property. Today when I show my clients homes, I can point out the implications of 2x6 dimensional lumber in a third story attic, how to reconstruct a basement stairwell to be code compliant or why all parge coats aren’t created equal. When I am not picking a house apart for my clients, you can find me on the side of a soccer field cheering on one of my three children, with my wife in a ‘62 Grumman canoe on the Puget Sound or like my father, tackling remodeling projects at the hip roofed colonial I call home today.
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