People all over the world design homes that are one of a kind. Oregonians are no different. Oddball and adorable abodes abound in the Beaver State.

Over the years, we have posted photos of residential properties with quirky perks like a Tiki bar in the basement or a bomb shelter buried in the backyard.

But architect-conceived dwellings are unique as well as highly desirable. Here are tasteful homes with over-the-top features that attracted home shoppers’ attention:

Saul Zaik midcentury modern in Southwest Portland: The two-level house designed by the late, respected architect in the Bridlemile neighborhood sold for $164,000 over its $1.1 million asking price.

Gabrielle Enfield of Living Room Realty listed the property at Southwest 40th Place on April 28. An offer was accepted May 3 and the deal closed May 14.

“It’s great to see that Saul Zaik’s designs still hold so much reverence and the Portland market is definitely mad for midcentury modern,” says Enfield, who encountered “midcentury purists” appreciative of the 1965 house’s original features and signature Zaik details, including the “jaw-dropping great room” with cathedral ceiling and skylights.

Ashland home with splashy living room pool: A contemporary-style house with a swimming pool that consumes the entire living room received an acceptable offer three days after it was listed for sale on May 27 at $697,000.

The pending offer for an amount that has yet to be disclosed could mean new owners will be moving into a place with towering panels of glass that rise up from the concrete floor to the vaulted ceiling, creating a conservatory-like look for the enclosed, 30-foot-long swimming area.

Take four steps from the eggplant-colored sectional and you’re in the shallow end. Or let your legs dangle in the deep end as you reach back for a cool cocktail concocted in the bar area.

“Have there been times where you’ve just felt stuck in your house for days or even weeks?” ask listing agents J. Adam Bogle and Jinnee Joos of eXp Realty. The dwelling is perfect to work remotely and let kids swim indoors all year, Joos adds.

The 8,276-square-foot property at 414 Holly St. in Ashland is about a half-mile from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus.

Portland midcentury modern house gets 15 showings on the first day it’s for sale: Patrick Clark of Inhabit Real Estate listed a midcentury modern house on April 12 for $1,595,000. On the first full day on the market, 15 qualified buyers and their agents toured the 0.27-acre property in Northwest King’s Heights.

The second day, Clark showed the restored and updated home on Northwest Melinda Avenue to nine more hopeful buyers. On April 16, he reviewed offers and the sellers accepted one for $1.8 million, 13% or $205,000 more than the asking price.

The residence was built in 1969 and had been renovated by architect Mark Engberg, who founded COLAB Architecture + Urban Design in Portland.

Engberg bought the property in 2005 and invested time, talent and money restoring, updating and expanding the dwelling, which now has 3,309 square feet of living space, four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room.

Expansive windows under vaulted ceilings and well-placed decks offer “long-lasting” views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams, says Clark.

Portland midcentury modern had 77 requests for showings on the first day it was for sale: A 1956 house with a daylight lower level in Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood also caused a storm of responses.

Danielle Southern of Keller Williams Portland Premiere says she fielded hundreds of calls, text messages and emails after listing the property on Southwest Richardson Drive on April 14. By April 20, there was an accepted offer.

The original asking price: $829,000. The sold price: $935,000, a 12.8% increase or $106,000 more.

“The open house on Saturday had a line wrapped around the front gate, through the driveway and out to the street,” says Southern.

It didn’t stop:

  • She had back-to-back, paced-out showings, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Out-of-state buyers booked last-minute flights from New York City, Seattle and San Francisco; a couple who are U.S. citizens drove about 10 hours from British Columbia on Sunday to see the house before the offer deadline

The 6,534-square-foot, corner-lot property has features home shoppers seek: Places to spread out, indoors and out, and recent updates that cost more than $250,000.

Among the 2,260 square feet of living space is an open concept great room, media room, two fireplaces, four bedrooms — one is currently used as an office — plus three remodeled bathrooms.

The updated kitchen, with stainless-steel appliance, quartz counters and white cabinets, overlooks a courtyard.

Bend farmhouse rests on top of a lava tube cave: There’s been lots of international media attention focused on the property at 62802 N.E. Montara Dr. with a secret, subterranean rock shelter. But no offers have been accepted yet.

The $1,695,000 asking price (a $100,000 decrease since it hit the market on May 13) includes an updated farmhouse with a wraparound porch and rooftop deck plus a workshop on 10 acres.

Shelly Swanson of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty teases that “with renovations, the private cave could be a perfect wine cellar or simply enjoy the sport of spelunking at your very own private grotto.”

Members of the Oregon High Desert Grotto Club, which is part of the National Speleological Society, estimate there are 1,000 caves in Deschutes County, the majority of which are lava tubes.

Club members who toured the cavern told Swanson that they hope the lava tube will be preserved.

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

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