SW Oregon – Magnificient Views, Beautiful Home, Passive Solar

439,000  16.8 acres  Owner 

Well-built 4 BR, 2 BA home offers an unbeatable lifestyle for those who value privacy and security. Incorporating all the essentials for self-reliance, the home was designed for comfortable full-time living rather than being a bare bones retreat. Priced well below comparable properties in the area.

Featuring approximately 2171 sq. ft. of living space and sited on a 16.8 acre, heavily-wooded lot in southwestern Oregon, the home was custom-built in the mid-1980’s and the design is well thought out – the original building plans convey with the sale.

Designed as two wings connected by a 47′ x 20′ open living, dining and kitchen area. The master suite is in one wing, the remaining three bedrooms and guest bath are in the other wing, with an exterior center courtyard between them, offering privacy and well suited for multi- family or extended family living.

The spacious 21′ x 15′ master bedroom has dual closets, cross ventilation with a chimney effect for natural cooling in the summer.

The 7′ x 15′ master bath has dual vanities, an oversized jetted tub, and separate shower stall.

Each of the remaining bedrooms is approximately 12′ x 10′ and the 10′ x 6′ guest bath features a bath/shower combination divided from the vanity area, and features floor to ceiling built-in custom cabinetry. One of the bedrooms was purpose-built as an office, with built-in glass-front bookcases and a lighted, mirrored showcase with a locking sliding glass door. Another bedroom was purpose-built as an electronics laboratory, with coaxial cable, a fully shelved closet, and a ground rod connection. The remaining bedroom is just that, a guest bedroom with a large closet, right next to the guest bath.

The kitchen offers large granite countertops and is a very efficient design, open to the dining and living area. There are floor to ceiling cabinets in the kitchen, plus a 3′ x 4′ fully shelved, lighted, walk-in pantry adjacent to the kitchen.

There are built-in bookcases, a built-in dining hutch and extensive, matching cabinetry throughout the house.The 8′ x 9′ utility/laundry room connects to the kitchen and has additional cabinetry, an upright freezer, and a side entrance/air lock leading to the 25′ x 28′ garage and 9′ x 28′ covered firewood storage area and potting bench. The garage has built-in overhead storage cabinets, heavy duty shelving, multiple workbenches, and a 9′ x 5′ enclosed interior workshop with an additional built-in workbench and shelving.

All the carpeting and sheet vinyl flooring was removed from the house in late 2013 and replaced with #2 oak hardwood flooring throughout, fastened directly onto the 2” x 6” tongue and groove, solid Douglas fir subfloor. Ceramic tile flooring was installed in both baths, the kitchen and the utility room. The tub surround and vanity tiling in both baths was updated and custom granite countertops installed in the kitchen and the built-in dining hutch. The house interior, including the ceilings, was completely repainted in late 2013 and the exterior of the house was repainted in October 2015, with both side decks sanded and resealed at the same time.

The house was sited, at considerable expense, to take full advantage of the magnificent mountain and valley views, with hardly a house in sight; spectacular rainbows are a regular feature. The original owner was an amateur radio enthusiast, as is the current owner, and the site has excellent propagation characteristics. The house sits on a knoll at the far corner of the lot, backing to a large parcel of heavily wooded public land managed by the BLM, criss-crossed with jeep trails. At 1400′ elevation, the house is not visible from the road and can only be reached via a gated, steep, winding private driveway of approximately 2/10ths of a mile, offering an inherently secure and readily defensible setting.

While the home is secluded and private, the small town of Rogue River is an easy 20 minute drive away, which offers all the amenities (supermarket, hardware store, pharmacy, restaurants, gas stations, etc.) Reliable broadband wireless internet service is already installed at the house, as well as a scanner with external antenna, all of which conveys. Coaxial cabling throughout the house and the garage.

The front elevation of the house has an angled architecture that offers spectacular views of Pleasant Valley and the surrounding mountains, and exploits the natural path of the sun. During the winter months, once the sun breaks over the mountains, the sun room, kitchen, dining, and living areas are filled with direct sunlight. A few hours thereafter, the master bedroom is similarly filled with direct sunlight and remains so until the sun dips behind Elk Mt. on the other side.

The 9′ x 24′ sun room was revamped in late 2013, with R-Max super-insulation underneath the floor and dark ceramic tile flooring to fully capture and store the heat. Temperature gains in excess of 40 degrees were recorded on sunny days this past winter. The sun room has two side doors, each of which lead to an outdoor deck; one overlooking the side garden, the other overlooking the driveway. There is a sliding glass door leading into the main living area for passive solar heat along with two ceiling fans to help move the heat into the main living space.

There is a centrally located, DEQ-approved, highly efficient catalytic wood stove with outside air intake and an elevated platform. The stove is situated to allow for natural convective currents to heat both wings of the house. There is a full grove of madrone on the property which, with minimal management, offers a perpetual source of clean burning, low residue firewood.

The roof overhangs provide shading in the summer season, when the sun is more directly overhead. Concrete tile roof offers fire-resistance, longevity, and helps moderate temperature variations. With dry summers and night temperatures regularly dropping into the 50’s and 60’s, simple window and shade management maintains comfortable temperatures in the house with no air-conditioning necessary, even during long spells of 110+ degree daytime temperatures. There is a fully functional heat pump for the house, but it is never used. The average monthly electric bill for cooking, hot water, etc. is about $40. The large open area just on the downhill slope from the house, cleared for fire protection, has been professionally surveyed for solar PV and was rated as an ideal site.

The house has a 190′ deep well, air tested at 91 GPM when drilled, which is quite extraordinary for this area. The well has received very light use over its lifetime and has never been a problem. The water quality is excellent and no conditioning of the water is needed. Estimate from a local plumber to install a top of the line Bison hand pump was about $2300. There are two 275-gallon storage tanks in the covered firewood storage area for emergency drinking water, those convey with the sale. The well head is nearby the base of the property to facilitate irrigation to the larger garden areas (described below.)

The prevailing soil is decomposed granite, however the soils in the fenced side garden and the center courtyard raised bed were heavily amended with compost and are very productive. At the base of the lot, adjoining the road, is the largest, level cleared area which was the original homestead, with the old stone fireplace still standing. 10 cubic yards of compost were trucked in and worked into the soil in two separate garden areas there, which have sat fallow since, with winter cover crops. There is a small asparagus planting, a half-dozen bearing fruit trees, table grapes, wild blackberry vines, culinary and medicinal herbs. Wild turkey and black-tailed deer are so abundant they are something of a nuisance (the neighbor feeds them.) There is a large, level, wooded area just below the house which would be an excellent site for chickens, rabbits, goats or even a pig or two.

Move-in ready, attractively priced in a desirable market catering to retirees, offering a Mediterranean climate. All essential needs can be met here, it’s entirely up to you to decide how much, or how little, you want to do – the point is to make self-reliance an everyday part of your life, at whatever level you’d like. This isn’t about “surviving”, but living very comfortably while satisfying all of your essential needs and having the satisfaction and security of doing so. This property can help you get there.