The first time he looked at the steep, narrow lot at the end of Oregon Street that would become The Palisades of Mt. Adams, architect John Senhauser knew it would pose a challenge—and that he could meet it. “There aren’t many places in Mt. Adams where you could really do flats like this,” Senhauser says. “For me it was a way to re-establish a kind of urban edge that had otherwise been eroded when the parkway was built.”
The brainchild of developer Charlie Postow, the man behind the more traditional Aspen Properties row houses just up Oregon, The Palisades offers 10 three-bedroom condos that range in size from 2,700 to 3,800 square feet and include at least three baths (some have three-and-a-half). And of course, there’s that view.
Senhauser’s design created a series of “steps” projecting out from the hillside. The steps afford great views for every unit while still respecting the views of other nearby buildings; they also give residents privacy, as there are, at most, two units per level.
The units range in price from $1 to $2 million, and only one unit is sold. The remaining units are just framed in, so buyers can customize everything from the locations of interior walls to the flooring and, of course, the kind of granite that’ll go in the kitchen. What’s more, Postow may not be finished in Mt. Adams; he owns the property between Aspen and The Palisades, and says plans are in the works for that space as well.
Photograph by William Manning
Originally published in the October 2010 issue.