Prospect Hill is home to some of the city’s best views, rivaling Mt. Adams’s iconic landscape and boasting close proximity to restaurants, bars, and things to do in the city. This four-bedroom, four-bath home features panoramic views of downtown, the river, and even all the way to the east. Plus, it’s a modern LEED-certified home high up on the hill.
“So often modern homes feel cold and industrial,” says current owner Natalie Taake. “It was important that our home felt like a place a family could live. I wanted it to be contemporary but warm and welcoming and we absolutely achieved that.” Even though there’s an obvious city-living vibe to the Prospect Hill neighborhood, this home sits on a quiet street with only seven other neighboring properties.
Natalie and her husband Chad have two kids and appreciate a suburb-like experience in the city. “We loved the fact that to the east side of our house was a wooded area and it feels very uncharacteristic of the city,” says Taake. “But then, [we] have one of the best views of the city on the south side.”
The home itself has a dark gray brick exterior with a pop of blue on the double doors and a glass garage door. When you walk inside, it’s clear that the home was designed with an emphasis on marrying the inside with the out with the incorporation of massive windows, loads of bright light, and details like open staircases that create an airy feel throughout.
The owner’s suite provides some of the most stunning views thanks to a massive south-facing window, and the bathroom features similar style windows right in front of a luxurious soaking tub. On the lower level, there’s an office with sliding glass doors that open to the patio.
Each of the home’s four levels features incredible views, but the top floor might be one of the best indoor-outdoor spaces we’ve ever seen. Right off the open-concept living room and kitchen space, there’s a bar that opens to the outside through a cleverly designed mini garage door.
Through a sliding glass door, the deck has a fireplace, a built-in grill, and bar perfect for game-day grill-outs. “Our priorities when building the house were getting the LEED certification, maximizing the view, and making it a great space for friends and family,” says Taake. “With the balcony doors open and the garage doors open at the bar, it feels like a seamless indoor-outdoor space. It has been such a blast entertaining here.”