A backyard oasis in the city center
A gardener's paradise out back and a craftsman's dream workshop join forces in this personalized, single-level dwelling near Gresham's inner core.
The approximately 2,200-square-foot, four-bedroom ranch home off Southwest Wallula Avenue was snapped up by a full-price buyer after one day on local listings.
"This truly is a backyard oasis in the heart of the city," explains real estate agent Michael Patrick, who represents the current sellers, Ron and Rosy Siring. He shepherded them through the buying process more than a decade ago.
"We're five blocks from downtown Gresham, but you wouldn't know it out here," Patrick says. "It's an island of peace and serenity."
Built in 1978 on a 0.38-acre lot, a private hot tub, above-ground pool and trickling koi pond allow for many opportunities to enjoy the sun — and the summer — without leaving home. The pool is 16 by 32 feet square, and drops down 6 feet in the deep end.
A watchful heron statue guards the gurgling water feature, while a stone path leads through a carefully-manicured archway shaped out of flowering star jasmine vines. Through the arch, raspberries and chokecherries rise on trestles.
Blueberry bushes, strawberries, azaleas, cherry trees, roses, hydrangeas, an ornamental noble pine and three varieties of grapes round out the lush landscaping. Views of Mt. Hood are unobstructed.
"You can put just about anything in the ground and it'll grow," remarks Ron Siring, an Air Force retiree.
Hobbyists and professionals alike will appreciate the 24-by-30 square feet of Ron's "man cave," which is equipped with the 220 volts necessary to run welders, air compressors and other heavy-duty pieces. Ron's skill as a wood carver and classic car restorer is, unfortunately, non-transferable.
Easily accommodating an R.V., the double-wide driveway complements the oversized two-car garage. Attic space above the shop ensures ample storage room.
"We love it because it's away from the main street," adds Rosy Siring, a retired professor for elementary school instructors. "We have great neighbors."
Indoors, a "Great Room" style layout sites a formal dining room and fully-stocked kitchen around a vaulted living space where the entire household can meet and relax. Appliances include a convection oven, dishwasher, microwave and stovetop, plus a pantry.
French doors lead to a master suite with walk-in closet, while the remodeled master bath offers black-and-white tile accents and a roomy shower. A sliding door in the bedroom leads to the enclosed hot tub room, where privacy and a fresh cedar aroma combine to create another sanctuary.
A new water heater and freshly-installed vinyl windows mean guests and family members will stay warm and cozy wherever they wander. Forced-air heating and central air conditioning are also provided.
"The openness of the floor plan is definitely a highlight," notes Patrick, of the Legacy Realty Group. "But don't forget the full-on view of Mt. Hood!"
Ron and Rosy, both Montana transplants, say they will spend the summer enjoying Yuma, Ariz., before starting the search for their next home.
Local schools in the area are Hollydale Elementary and Gresham High.