Lakeside access provides more than a scenic centerpiece for this high-end property off Northeast Shore Drive in Fairview. Fairview Lake is where neighbors become friends, residents say, and where homeowners can create a community all their own.
"We have met more neighbors out in the middle of the lake than we ever would in our own yard," gushes current seller Barbara Stonewall. "We call this the best-kept secret."
Custom built for Stonewall and her husband in 2001, this approximately 3,020-square-foot, two-story home features unobstructed lake views through skyscraping bay windows rising 18 feet from floor to ceiling.
An open-flow layout provides easy access between living and eating areas. Besides a walk-in pantry and breakfast bar, the kitchen also comes with a five-burner gas cooktop, double convection oven, built-in microwave and stainless steel appliances. Painted oak cabinets complement the quartz countertop.
Double French doors, wainscotting and crown molding distinguish the ground-floor formal dining setting, while a "Great Room" style living space is outfitted with an integrated entertainment center and mantle gas fireplace.
A sit-down vanity mirror and double sinks are provided in the master bath, while patio access brings the tranquility of the waterway into a master bedroom with walk-in closet space.
"In the backyard, you're in your own second world, and your blood pressure goes down about 10 notches" Stonewall says. "It's very peaceful."
A ground-level laundry room keeps all the essentials in one place. The house is wired for a security system, several ceiling fans and surround sound. A two-car garage, irrigated lawn, gas heating and central air conditioning are included as well.
On the second floor, two guest bedrooms and a third flex space surround the loft-style family room overlooking the main floor. Half walls add to the home's inviting air, while a spacious plant shelf adjacent to the staircase provides a unique showcase for themed decorations.
But no tour of this roughly 9,000-square-foot lot is complete without a look at the lake. To be sure, friends and neighbors won't be the only invited guests. From the 16-foot dock or 50-foot patio, you can spy geese, ducks, osprey, bald eagles, river otters and turtles.
Watercraft are limited to 10 miles per hour while cruising the 3.2 miles of shoreline on Fairview Lake. Many neighbors use pontoon boats, kayaks and canoes to navigate the lake, which drops to 10 feet at its lowest point.
Community members frequently congregate at the center of the lake, where they drop anchor, mingle and share a plate or glass of good cheer.
"I feel really blessed to have helped my buyers find this property," notes broker Michael Patrick of Jones Group Realtors. "Properties like this don't come onto the market very often."
"This is the nicest house — with the nicest views — you can find anywhere in the East County," agrees Realtor Leslee Dirk of ERA Freeman & Associates. "We went on the market and almost immediately had multiple offers."
Barbara Stonewall has worked as a coordinator for Ruby's Spa at McMenamins Edgefield for the past 10 years. Her husband, Gary Stonewall, works as an environmental health and safety specialist for Tidewater Barge Lines.
The couple has lived in Troutdale and Fairview for more than three decades. They are planning to "follow the sun" and retire in Buckeye, Ariz.