It was on a hike to view the Cascade Mountain Range that inspired one design-loving couple to commission a contemporary house to be built. The uber-modern home is built around an ancient stone wall celebrating the contrast between the old and the new.

The house, currently listed at $8.65 million by Terry Sprague, LUXE Christie’s International Realty, Portland, is full of surprises inside and out.

The steel-travertine-and-glass home, recently featured on, employs an eclectic mix of materials including African slate, Indian and Brazilian granite, Chinese quartzite, Middle Eastern onyx, African rosewood and sheets of stainless steel. 

The 11,807-square-foot home was designed by the architecture firm Thompson Vaivoda & Associates. It’s presented on 10 sloping wooded acres. Inside the property, there are four bedrooms, eight baths, family and media rooms, guest suites with rare Japanese peanut-figured tamo ash and quilted maple, and a separate 1,127-square-foot guest quarters. Your weekend guests will never want to leave!

The lower level contains a tranquil indoor lap pool and opens to terraces and a lawn. An elevator is accessible to all three floors.

The house is set within one of the country’s largest urban parks. There are 5,200 acres filled with over 80 miles of hiking trails along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains, overlooking the convergence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. A home for all seasons.