Gresham was a young city and mostly farmland in the early 1900s when two Honey brothers bought side-by-side residences in the Easthill neighborhood. Both estates have survived more than a century of changes, and one property is for sale: A two-story Dutch Colonial Revival house on a 1.66-acre lot.
The asking price for 703 N.W. Wallula Ave. is $1,450,000.
The house has ribbons of windows under a “Dutch” or barn-like gambrel roof, in which a shallow and a steeper roof slope create space for an extra floor. Builders Jake Metzger and Fred Fieldhouse completed the construction in 1912.
Many original interior features remain, thanks to a series of longtime owners who preserved the classic design during careful updating.
First owners, businessman George Franklin Honey and his wife, Muriel (“Joy”) Drake Honey, lived there until he died in 1953 at aged 92. The last two owners have been members of the family that started Boyd’s coffee in 1912, the same year the house was finished.
The property is one of the largest and earliest estates in the neighborhood, say Gresham city historians.
Next door is the 1906 William Frederick Honey House, which the city of Gresham considers a historic and cultural landmark. William (”Fred”), younger brother George and three sisters were born in Oshawa, Ontario, between 1859 and 1873, before the Honey family moved in 1880 to North Dakota, and then to the Portland area.
The Honey family’s two homes in Gresham embody “the booming real estate market of the 1900s that attracted farmers to live in the city,” say city historians.
The front door of the house for sale opens to a vestibule, and another door leads to the foyer and hall with checkerboard black and white floor tile. Pocket doors can close to conceal the living room on the left, or the dining room, with wainscot panels, a built-in china cabinet and coffered ceiling, on the right.
There are five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 5,476 square feet of living space.
The oversized two-car garage has a workshop and the second level has a finished space that can be used as a music or art studio or office, says listing agent Marisa Swenson of Dwell Realty.
There is a circular driveway that fronts the house, and a long terrace overlooks the lawn, seating area around a fire pit and vegetable gardens in the back. Landscaping also includes an English-style pond and flower beds.
The next owner of the architecturally significant home? “This is for someone looking for an estate-style, private and gated property that is only minutes from shopping amenities, the airport, downtown, the Gorge and Mount Hood,” says Swenson.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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