Our adorable eco-prefab modern home was built in 2011 and lives on 5 acres of magical old growth forest. Located 15 minutes from Pacific City, our rainforest retreat is surrounded by an enchanted landscape with lots to do and see in the surrounding areas. Hiking, birding, kayaking, fishing, surfing, photographing, visiting art galleries, yoga classes, crabbing, and fresh seafood dining are but a few examples of what you can do here.
If you prefer to relax and stay inside, we have created a cozy, private nest. Cheryl designed the home with attention to every detail. The house is clean and airy, large 8' sliding doors and windows everywhere, soft wool rugs throughout, oversized, comfortable furniture for lounging, reading, taking naps, drinking tea or wine, and gazing outside at the rich green landscape. You can also surf the Internet from anywhere in the home with our Wifi.
Open the windows or crack any of the 8' sliding doors and listen to the soothing sounds of the creek below while you sleep in a firm natural latex bed. It's one of our favorite things!
The well-organized modern kitchen makes it easy and fun to cook meals while gazing out at the expansive views. White eco-silk draperies can be closed in the evening to make things extra-private and cozy. The house is built to green standards with high end eco- friendly finishes throughout. So extremely well insulated, the silent thermostatically regulated hydronic heaters keep things warm and comfy all the time.
Wintertime at the Oregon coast is very poetic. The weather is always changing, and there are always breaks in the rain that invite you to take misty, soulful walks (just turn left out of our driveway, walk 1/2 mile and you're in the gorgeous Siuslaw National Forest). Occasional squalls blow through, bringing a day or two of blustery winds that seem to clear the head.
February is a particularly good example of the best that our coastal winter weather has to offer. During that time about 50% of the days are sunny, with a crystalline clarity to the air and temperatures reaching up to the low 60's while what we call "dragon fog"--little "snakes" of fog illuminated by the raking sunlight--weave through the hills around us. During days like that, we love to lounge or have lunch on the house's full-length Ipe deck, or walk 200 feet from the house to the section of Farmer Creek that cuts across our property.
Spring, summer and fall here are to die for. Gorgeous new growth explodes everywhere beginning in May.
If you like to go for longer drives, Portland is 2 hours away, Oregon's wine capital in McMinville and Newport is 2 hours away, and the amazing Columbia Gorge is about 3 hours away. There are too many charming coastal towns to name within an hours drive, including Neskowin, Nehalem, Oceanside, Newport, Canon Beach, Manzanita, and a bit further away is Astoria.
Our home will be featured in the August 2013 issue of Oregon Home Magazine.