Street of Dreams taking shape in Stafford
Looking out over the 63-acre property that will house the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams this summer, Gordon Root points to the snow-capped Mount Hood off in the distance.
Its a great view, he said. But the mountain gets in the way.
Root is joking, of course; as it happens, a pristine view of the mountain is just one of many selling points for the five luxury homes being built in Stafford at a development called Tumwater at Pete's Mountain.
The 51st annual NW Natural Street of Dreams event is set to run from July 30 to Aug. 28 this summer, and a visit to the property reveals a set of massive luxury homes each priced between $3 million and $5 million beginning to take shape. Open to the public, the Street of Dreams allows attendees to visit the property and tour what is thought to be the cream of the crop in home design.
Each show home is a reflection of the unique and professional talents of builders, interior designers, craftspeople and landscape architects, its says on the Street of Dreams website.
Roots Stafford Land Company is the lead property developer for the 2016 Street of Dreams. The property at the corner of Southwest Petes Mountain and Schaeffer roads was selected for this event two years ago.
Root says he has been intimately involved with Street of Dreams since 1992, when he developed another Street of Dreams at Remington Ridge in West Linn. In his eyes, Tumwater at Petes Mountain was tailor-made for Street of Dreams development.
This site was originally conceived and constructed as a Street of Dreams site, he said. Its built around having a Street of Dreams. ... (We said) This is the perfect site. Lets do it.
Beyond the five luxury homes one of which is for Root himself the site also boasts a 23-acre vineyard that will be used to support Tumwater Reserve Wines, specifically a mix of pinot noir and chardonnay, Root said.
Included in the development plan is a barrel house, which will house a wine tasting room open to residents between noon and 5 p.m. on Sundays. During Street of Dreams, the barrel house will serve as a ticket office.
The barrel house is designed to look like a rustic barn, Root said. There will be a fire pit next to a pond ... People will be able to sit out on the terrace here and be surrounded by the vineyard.
The homes themselves range between about 6,000 and 8,000 square feet, each built in different styles ranging from traditional Northwest to Hamptons style, Northwest contemporary and rustic Italian. While several lots have already been sold, Root said two remain available for purchase.
All of the lots have stunning views of Mount Hood, he said. They all have great views and orientation with the vineyard, and its directly across the street from the Oregon Golf Club.
One of the homes at 7,500 square feet and a price tag of $3.8 million boasts massive 14-foot doors that open directly out to a view of the vineyard and Mount Hood. Root, for his part, designed his own 8,200-square-foot home, which includes a 1,260 square foot carriage house intended for his mother and father-in-law.
Root added that the site actually boasts views of three mountains: Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.
Its truly a site befitting of Street of Dreams, Root said.
Proceeds from Street of Dreams will go to the Home Builders Foundation, which works to develop shelters for those in need while also funding scholarships for prospective home builders.
Before the official start date on July 30, Street of Dreams will host a block party on July 27. Online registration is available at homebuildersportlandorassoc.weblinkconnect.com/events. Root says about 1,600 are expected to attend.
Last years Street of Dreams was in nearby Lake Oswego.