$3,900,000 / 6 Acres / Available
If your home is your castle, shouldn't your home be a castle?
An actual castle - a fairytale, Game of Thrones, King Arthur, Prince Harry & Meghan-type castle.
A castle complete with a turret, suits of shining armor and a kitchen built for feasting.
That kind of castle is tucked up in the hills of Portland's Forest Park. Spanning six acres, Blackberry Castle is 13,000 sq. feet of stone and timber built for his or her majesty with an incredible two-story turret library, atrium bar and entertainment space, and its own vineyard.
Three years of construction, countless tradespeople and artisans, materials from around the world and an abundance of imagination combined to create this one-of-a-kind home. From the gated entry and guardhouse, a curving drive leads up to the home where three huge Magnolia trees roost at the center of a circular drive which provides both ease of access to the four-car garage but also ample parking for entertaining and events. The home itself is a delightful mix of French chateau and medieval castle with touches that range from whimsical to luxurious while honoring its Oregon roots.
In keeping with the home's design, the castle crest, a design made up of a fleur-de-lis, a crown and three heraldic crosses, is inset in marble on the foyer floor greeting visitors as they pass through the impressive front doors. Directly through the foyer is the two-story atrium bar. â€œThe Oasisâ€ as it is known, is meant to feel like a meandering European lane complete with live plants and slabs of elm that create pathways through this interior garden. The ceiling is a hand-painted sky with fluffy clouds and the walls feature the facades of Old World buildings. A castle turret topped with crenellations, a Tudor building with half-timbering, an Italian villa clad in Venetian plaster, a span of reclaimed lumber and a traditional brick exterior make up the atrium streetscape. The bar itself is full-service with a three-tap, built-in kegerator, sink and refrigerator with reclaimed wood shelving and a long copper-topped bar paneled in genuine cowhide.
Just down the hall from The Oasis is a real showstopper - the two-level, circular library housed inside the castle turret. Both levels of this ultimate book-lover's paradise are filled with hand-made, reclaimed wood bookshelves. The space is flooded with natural light with large windows and cozy window seats interspersed between the shelves. Overhanging the entire space is a spectacular hand made clock, the largest of its kind in the Northwest. The center of the face of the clock is a hand painted globe with the surrounding ring, marked with the points of a compass. The huge clock hands sweep across the dial and keep perfect time. The ground floor has a fireplace built with enormous river rocks from Bend, OR. The chimney extends from the ground floor of the library up through the second floor and all the way to the master suite above serving two wood-burning fireplaces with gas starters. The libary's lower level is an ideal spot for a desk or large library table perfect for writing the next great American novel, hosting lavish dinner parties or even doing something as mundane as homework. Swedish musician & DJ, Avicii wrote and recorded one of his popular albums in the turret library while he was in residence at Blackberry Castle.
The kitchen and great room space is the heart of the home where family and friends will love to gather for celebrations and holidays. The kitchen is an absolutely grand space with stone walls, 12 ft. ceilings and thick, rustic beams spanning the huge room. An enormous island with a hand-made butcher block counter - made from 10,000 individual cubes - provides work, serving and eating space. The island also houses two undermounted sinks with gooseneck faucets. A stunning Italian-made Ilve Majestic range is the centerpiece of the kitchen and features six burners, a griddle, a pot filler and two ovens. The onion dome hood that hangs above is originally from Brasserie Monmarte, the well-known Portland restaurant. One entire wall of the kitchen space contains a dark, armoire-like built-in SubZero refrigerator, wine cooler, beverage drawers and tall, sliding spice racks. The kitchen floor is a warm travertine pattern divided by hardwood planks in a grid pattern. The large butler's pantry separated from the kitchen by a thick, reclaimed wood door features handmade wallpaper imported from China. It contains a deep farmhouse sink surrounded by soapstone counters, a freezer and ample storage. A warm, sunlit breakfast nook sits to the side of the kitchen for informal meals. For more formal meals, a huge, live-edge Sequoia slab table sits between the kitchen and family room. Up a half-flight of stairs is the comfortable family room filled with two-story, arched, ceiling-height windows overlooking the back yard. The rustic stone fireplace is flanked by large storage bins for wood adding to the casual ambiance of the space. Wide French doors lead out to the concrete patio, back yard and vineyard beyond.
Also on the main floor is the elegant home theater modeled after a 1940s Buenos Aires movie theater complete with marquee to customize for movie night. Featuring a 104â€ screen, surround sound, lush seating and a whole-home media closet, the home theater is the technology hub of the home. The fully-equipped home gym features a climbing wall, plenty of space for equipment as well as floor workouts. The gym also has easy access to the spacious home spa complete with sauna, double spa tub and shower. The spa bath is also shared by the luxurious and private guest suite which overlooks the back yard and has access to the upper level of the atrium bar.
All three guest bedrooms include a walk-in closets and an ensuite baths. Each large room has its own unique features - one includes a separate sitting room, another has a hand painted sunset sky design on the walls and the third has an Asian-inspired feature wall mural. The master suite encompasses a separate portion of the second floor that features a lovely Venetian plaster wall treatment. The bedroom includes a sitting area with wet bar and a private balcony with an impressive south-facing view. Rustic beams extend from a center hub highlighting the room's 10 ft. ceilings. The ensuite bath is a luxurious space enhanced with imported silk wallpaper and featuring a deep soaking tub with jets and a tumbled marble shower.
Outside, underneath the vineyard hill is an underground wine cellar and tasting room built in a reinforced shipping container where 400 bottles can be stored at a constant 59 degrees. Above, the vineyard is comprised of chardonnay and pinot grapes ideal for a private castle label bottling. The grounds also contain a tennis court with lighting and an in-ground trampoline. A 1,900 sq. foot detached home is an ideal place for in-law quarters, long-term guests or an on-site caretaker.
Blackberry Castle is a bit of a legend in the Portland area after appearing in movies, television shows and magazine features. It's a serene and private property ideal for quite contemplation as well as large gatherings of friends and family. The location makes for an easy commute both to Highway 26 and the high tech corridor as well as downtown Portland.
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