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Turning on the charm

by: Vern Uyetake, The formal living room and adjoining dining room at 4125 Casey Court in Lake Oswego incorporates timeless European-design with northwest wood finishes. The home is within Waterstone, a 23-home development built by Eslinger Homes, Inc.

Classic design.

Current materials.

Functionality.

Quality craftsmanship.

Environmentally conscious accomplishment.

Waterstone - built and developed by Eslinger Homes, Inc. - is close to both nature and shopping, but has a neighborhood feel.

Chad Eslinger with Eslinger Homes, Inc. visited the project recently to work on final projects within the 23 home development.

Craig Potts, broker with Prudential Northwest Properties in Lake Oswego, doesn't need to travel far when showing potential buyers the two homes left to sell within Waterstone.

He just lives down the street.

'Chad built my house from scratch. It was a custom design. I love living here,' Potts said, who is marketing the development. 'Two to three times a year there are progressive holiday parties.'

While touring 4125 Casey Court - the home on lot three - Eslinger and Potts talked about the homes' features and development's draws.

Located off Bryant Road and between Royce Way and Childs Road, Waterstone backs to greenspace and the Oswego Canal and has attracted doctors, chief financial officers, families and Lake Oswego natives.

'When we first started the subdivision, the concept was to build something that was timeless and European,' Eslinger said. 'We started this project not long after 9-11 and people were beginning to put a lot of investment into their homes and they didn't want something that was going to be trendy and outdated.'

The homes were designed for families - with four or more bedrooms, a den and a formal living and dining room. Nine foot ceilings comprise the main floor, with several vaulted areas. The kitchen within this particular home features stainless steel Boch appliances, a butler's pantry and built-in wine cooler.

And wood finishes set a backdrop perfect for the northwest.

'We wanted to use natural materials on the inside and outside. Brazilian cherry floors are a great case in point. These things are bullet proof. They are hard and super, super dense, easy to maintain and they hold up well with kids and animals. And they're beautiful,' Eslinger said.

Eslinger Homes, Inc. of Tigard prides itself on more than 35 years of residential building projects. Eslinger, who grew up in Lake Oswego, bought the company from his dad a few years ago.

Eslinger said that he is involved in every step of the building process and on site each day clarifying items with superintendents. His wife does estimating and budgeting. His brother, Casey, is the operations manager and mechanic. Eslinger's mother completes bookkeeping; his father manages land development projects and new home designs. The Waterstone street names are representative of some family members.

The homes within the Waterstone development - with shingles, exposed beams, knotty alder, and gleaming hardwood floors - have European flair, but could blend within a quaint East Coast town.

Several homes have covered patios in the backyard, perfect for barbecuing and storing outdoor furniture.

'The outdoor fireplace has become a huge deal lately,' Eslinger said. 'We've kind of evolved with this trend, responding to wants and needs. We just added (this fireplace) to this home recently.'

Several indoor fireplaces also make spaces cozy.

'All of the homes have a fireplace in the master, living room and family room,' Eslinger said.

And built-ins are a plus. In the master suite and bonus room, large built-in cupboards and cabinets look like furniture and an extension of the decorating scheme.

'We're trying to give people room for their bed and sideboards so they don't have to jam so much of their furniture into the house,' Eslinger said.

Nearly all the homes feature a laundry room upstairs for convenience and the ability to heat and cool the home according to specifications.

'We have zone heating and cooling. We have an air conditioner associated with the main floor and another one for the upstairs,' said Potts. 'And there are two furnaces also.'

So, what sets Eslinger's building company apart?

'The (traditional) building techniques. We were taught the way that it used to be done. We believe in the philosophy of doing it right and not having to go back and fix it,' Eslinger said.

The company is known to take precautions to prevent against water damage during the building process.

Three inch black tubes divert water from unfinished upstairs spaces before the roof is on, Eslinger said.

Rooms are swept each day to eliminate extra rain water.

And as soon as the roof is on, Eslinger Homes, Inc. uses propane heaters ad 36-inch fans and dehumidifiers to dry out spaces.

The home on lot three is priced at $974,950 while the other remaining listing is $1,079,950. Potts said this averages to about $266 per square foot, which is comparable and less than other Lake Oswego homes for sale in this price range, he said.

'Because there are 23 homes,' Eslinger said, 'we tried to make each one have a unique style with different architectural details, but also fit in with the neighborhood. I think we did it.'

For more information about Eslinger Homes, visit the Web site at www.eslingerhomesoregon.com .

Or, contact Craig Potts with Prudential Northwest Properties at 503-684-2120 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .