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by: Vern Uyetake, Dwight Schwab, principal broker with The Hasson Company, represents the new Rolling Hill Farm Estates in Lake Oswego. The 20-house project is being built by Schollander Development Co. and is situated off the corner of Stafford and Bergis roads near the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course.

Tucked within a vast rural landscape off Stafford Road, Lake Oswego's Rolling Hill Farm Estates combines city amenities with country living. The city's newest upscale development is located off the corner of Stafford and Bergis roads near the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course. The five completed houses of the 20-house development include soft woods, tall ceilings and flexible floor plans amid tall grassy plains.

Principal Broker Dwight Schwab with The Hasson Company Realtors in Lake Oswego said he's noticed the community's response to the new homes first hand.

'A lot of people walk in (the homes) and say this is like a Street of Dreams (development) and so many of the houses are available,' said Schwab, marketing the project. 'People come in with cameras just to get ideas.'

Built by real estate development and construction company Schollander Development Co. and opened Feb. 12, the project taps into an area of the city not changed for many years. Don Schollander, owner, previously developed property either side of the hill surrounding Rolling Hill Farm Estates and met in the middle for this project.

'About 15 or 16 years ago I did Stafford Oaks just across the street and every time I'd drive to that development I'd notice the hillside and thought it was just a beautiful piece of property,' said Schollander. 'I did the other development up the hill, Bergis Farm.'

Upon entering any one of the homes, soaring ceilings and unique finishes - uncarpeted dramatic stairways, wood floors, wainscoting - surround the foyer. Close by, many have a good-sized room with a fireplace; floor-to-ceiling built in shelves can serve as a living room, den or parlor.

The rooms within the homes are versatile. One home with white oak finishes features two master suites with bathrooms - one on the main floor, one upstairs. The downstairs master has a private exterior entrance. This could be useful for visitors, college kids, live-in grandparents or as a game room.

'The majority of buyers have been those with older families because they have masters on the main but there's enough space for the kids to come home,' said Schwab. '(Schollander) designed these homes to appeal to the kids so they come home to visit.'

Home sizes range from 3,853 to 5,000 square feet and are priced between $1,200,000 and $1,525,000. Each home includes several masonry fireplaces, finishes in white oak, walnut, cherry or alder and eight-foot interior door frames.

Many kitchens include Viking gas ranges, built-in Subzero refrigerators, slab granite countertops, wine refrigerators, warming drawers, Miele dishwashers - most with two - and a large farm sink, service sink and a close-by butler's sink. A game or media area is situated either upstairs or in a basement and is equipped with a bar with a refrigerator.

The development backs up to a conservation easement natural area, around 1,000 feet long, said Schollander.

'The city wanted us to establish what had been an old stream there,' said Schollander. 'Eventually when the other property up the hill is developed, there will be a walking path, the stream will remain and it will be enhanced with planting.'

Schwab said the natural area provides some breathing room between houses and serves as an extension of its natural surroundings.

'That's really what people want, the privacy and not the maintenance,' said Schwab.

Adorned with cedar, brick and stone the homes make a statement on the inside and out - and so does the location.

'I love the sight. It's nice to see the stream and feel the rural characteristic for it,' said Schollander. 'I've lived here for over 50 years. … It's fun. I get to see the changes (to the city).'

Schwab said he admires the area's blend of city living with a down-to-earth farming feel.

'This is an exciting part of Lake Oswego,' said Schwab. 'It's rural, it's countryside. And it looks like it's going to stay that way with many parks, dog parks and Luscher Farm.'

Visit Rolling Hill Farm Estates on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. on Ridgeview Lane in Lake Oswego. Take Stafford Road to Bergis Road, located across from the Sunny Hill housing development and Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course.

Call Dwight Schwab for more information at 503-534-1525.