Lake Oswego, Oregon, 97034 United States

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The opportunity to become part of the lore and history of a place does not come often. In a world most interested in instant gratification, something new is often the easiest to obtain. And though the newest, the latest and greatest is wonderful, it can be missing an element of timelessness, of gravitas, of history that only time can provide.

Time creates icons.

An icon endures its initial popularity and emerges to become something durable and powerful that represents an aspect of cultural identity. There is no formula, no 10-step process to follow to become an icon. It just happens. People are drawn to it and identify it as part of a place or time.

One such icon sits at the edge of Oswego Lake on a 2.1 acre property named Twin Points by its original owner (and icon herself) philanthropist Mary S. Young. When property on the lake was first offered for sale, Young was the first to chose the site for her estate. She chose incredibly well. Today, the Japanese pagoda style home that sits on the peninsula is a historic icon of Lake Oswego and lakefront properties all over the Pacific Northwest.

An incredible and eye-catching hand-made azure blue ceramic tile roof sits atop the 5,542 sq. foot home built in 1973. Local lore holds that the huge trusses for the roof were brought in by helicopter over the lake. The tiles themselves were salvaged from a 107 year old building and imported from Japan. Portions of the foundation of the original Young estate were incorporated into the new foundation with only a small seam visible to a sharp eye.

An extensive remodeling project overseen by the Neil Kelly Company started in the 1990s and continued for 20 years. The goal of the renovations was to incorporate more of a Japanese style to the home taking inspiration from the tile roof. Elements of Frank Lloyd Wright's geometric style were also included in the design. The dining room is a perfect example of the blending of these two styles. Custom designed shoji screens with stained glass designs and grid ceiling details define the formal dining room while maintaining the open feeling of the space. Cornice boards with up-lighting around the walls and beautiful mahogany floors with maple inlay throughout tie the space together. The living room is an ideal space to enjoy the beauty of the lake while enjoying the Feather River rock fireplace. The view completely captivated the current owner when he first encountered it and caused him to miss his flight home. He sat mesmerized by the view of mist rising off the water and knew he had to own this property.

The kitchen design includes elements from the dining and living room with geometric elements that mimic the shoji screens in the vertical grain fir cabinetry. All the appliances were chosen to meet the standards of an avid cook including a SubZero refrigerator, Fisher and Paykel 5-burner stove, Miele steam oven and JennAir oven and warming drawer. The family room features a wood-burning fireplace and a ceiling treatment inspired by the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

The serene master suite is also on the main floor and includes another incredible view of the lake. The ensuite bath includes marble counters with dual sinks, a jacuzzi tub and a huge walk-in closet. Each of the five bedrooms features a view of the lake ensuring sweet dreams for all who stay the night.

The basement wine cellar has a cork floor and can house 3,000 bottles to chose from. And what better place to enjoy a glass of wine then the many patios and view points on the property. The gardens were originally designed by noted landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu who was also instrumental in the design and construction the Portland Japanese Garden. Natural elements particularly water and stone are the essence of a traditional Japanese garden. In Buddhist symbolism, water and stone are the yin and yang, two opposites that complement each other. Twin Points features two waterfalls in addition to the lake on three sides of the peninsula. The garden itself is composed of meandering paths through the landscape that lead to special spots to enjoy the view - hammocks and benches where one can while away the afternoon. The main patio includes a Viking outdoor kitchen and granite counters perfect for entertaining.

A fishing deck - catfish, crappy as well as small and big mouth bass live in the lake - and a boat dock are just 21 stairs down from the garden. A large Trex swim deck on the can accommodate a group of sun worshipers or an evening cocktail party. Oswego Lake is a popular spot for water sports including swimming, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, waterskiing and wake boarding. Everyone who frequents the lake knows the home with the blue pagoda roof and it is a beloved spot on the annual historical boat tour.

The nearby studio/office and boat lift was designed by architect Robert Oshatz and is an architectural icon on the lake in its own right. Often thought to be reminiscent of a fish or teardrop, the building was actually inspired by the movement of the water. The sweeping roofline is built into the side of the hillside in order to be at peace with the environment around it and to prevent obstruction of the lake view from the road. Inside, the space is serene and relaxing with concrete floors and walls with thick exposed Douglas fir beams. Both the beams in the ceiling and the wall of windows follow the curve of the roofline creating interesting trapezoidal shapes. Originally designed as an art studio, the space is also suited to be a gym, think tank (Nike once rented it for this purpose), conference room or any variety of creative uses. The studio includes a kitchenette and bath and the floors have hot water radiant heat. Oshatz also did work on the exterior of the main house to enhance its Japanese style.

The front drive is a large circular path with tall pine trees at its center. This spot tends to be popular with the local deer who can often be seen in December spending time with their look-alike Christmas decorations. Bald eagles, heron and woodpeckers also frequent the area. The lapping of the water against the shore and the whispering of the breeze through the trees is the soundtrack of this home. It's a place that draws you to appreciate the world outside - whether it is from the serene interior or from the grounds outside.

The home is called Suhali which means a warm Asian breeze that conjures a myriad of thought and ideas. It's one of the most legendary properties on the lake. It's known and admired for its beauty, its idyllic location, its history, its legends and its provenance. It's an opportunity to own an icon, to continue and enhance its place in history.


  •  Boat Ramp / Boat Dock
  •  3 Car Garage
  •  Waterfront
  •  Lakeside
  •  Scenic View
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696 McVey Ave, Suite 201
Lake Oswego, Oregon, 97034 United States
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Price / Sq. Ft.:
$1,033 /
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6,776 Sq Ft.
2.19 Acres
Single Family Home
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