30520 NE Bell Road – Newberg, OR!
Welcome to Nelle Nuvole, Italian for “In the Clouds,” that’s exactly where you’ll find this truly magical home. Nestled high in the Chehalem Mountains overlooking Oregon’s famed wine country, this spectacular residence has been thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted to create a home that is as functional as it is beautiful. This is a place where you’ll live life to its fullest – enjoying time with family and friends, working and playing on the land and appreciating the natural beauty of the Willamette Valley.
Located in a small gated community, Nelle Nuvole is a 16 1/2-acre estate with a stunning 6,132 sq. ft home that masterfully blends modern design, rustic aesthetics and farmhouse practicality. While the home is certainly the centerpiece of the estate, it is far from being the only feature of the property. An acre of nine varieties of organically-grown lavender makes this a producing farm and the entire estate boasts Jory and Laurelwood soil, ideal for growing Chardonnay and Oregon’s famed Pinot Noir grapes.
Through the exclusive community’s secure gates, along neighboring vineyards and up the estate’s winding drive, the first glimpse of the home reveals a stunning 2,500 sq. ft deck that captures 270-degree views of southerly vistas that captivate from sunrise to sunset.
An ornate fountain sits in the center of the home’s circular drive that leads to the lavender fields, an “in-progress” barn, and an inner courtyard where you’ll find two pairs of two-car garages and the home’s extraordinary entry. Clad in Northwestern Spruce and cedar that has been heat-treated for durability, the home’s exterior is a nod to modern European farmhouse style, and as you’ll quickly realize, the design of both the interior and exterior is a tribute to the talent and imagination of the creative owners who built it.
The gothic arch-style front doors are the result of the owner’s dream to one day have castle doors on his home. Being an accomplished woodworker, he set about to craft the entry exactly to his mind’s vision. The result is a showstopper of handcrafted solid white oak doors with a one-of-a-kind chalky, milk paint finish, custom hand-cut, hammered steel hinges and a hand-carved ram’s head mounted above. Overhead, a chandelier made from wine barrel staves hangs from a beam under the steep porch roof.
The front doors open to reveal the truly breathtaking interior and the stunning valley views beyond. Cue the awe-inspiring music – or perhaps hit play on the home’s surround sound system – because you may find it hard to pull yourself away from this incredible space where the inside and outside seem to blend into one.
Your eyes will be drawn immediately through the great room to the four oversized windows and three sets of LaCantina glass French doors, custom made in California, that open to the stunning deck made of ipe wood, a hardwood that is one of the most durable woods available as well as one of the most beautiful. With the doors wide open, which is a luxury to be enjoyed at this perfect 800-ft elevation, the deck and great room become one harmonious indoor-outdoor living space. Spanning from one end of the home to the other, the deck was designed to take advantage of sunrise to sunset views of the town of Newberg below and, on crystal clear days, south all the way to Salem. You’ll enjoy watching hot air balloons make their morning ascent from the airport below and even enjoy sunny skies above the clouds when autumn’s morning fog overtakes the valley.
The Great Room
While you may want to stay lounging on the deck all day, back inside, the splendors of the great room await. The open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen is a X sq. foot space where hand-planed, French-cut eastern white oak floorboards span from end to end and six gold-leafed chandeliers hang from the 19-ft high, beamed vaulted ceiling that has been painted sky blue to reflect the outdoors. At one end of the great room sits a grand fireplace that serves as a splendid focal point for the versatile space, with its tall Rumford firebox, brick surround and soaring custom wood mantle and chimney covering above. You may not understand the immense scale of the fireplace until you stand next to it, look up and see that the rustic mantle is mounted above your head! It’s a perfect fit for the great room, which is just that!
An immense amount of love went into building this home. Nearly every detail inside this home was made by skilled craftspeople, much by the owners themselves, using solid wood and Old World techniques. The great room alone is a true gallery of handmade pieces that include: the kitchen cabinetry, stove hood, fireplace mantle and wall, sound speakers, interior doors, dining table and benches, coffee bar, couches, and even the espresso machines’ custom side panels. Early East Coast Craftsman style was used as inspiration throughout, as evidenced by the wide baseboards with plinth blocks, crown molding along the upper cabinets, Dutchman patches over knots on the wood doors, and decorative floor vent covers.
In addition to functionality and beauty, being environmentally-friendly and creating a sense of history were also catalysts for the choice of materials used in the home’s construction. The surrounds of the great room’s wood-burning fireplace and the master bedroom’s gas fireplace use reclaimed brick from an old Portland building, while 200-year-old reclaimed brick from the east coast was used as the kitchen’s backsplash and on all of the bathrooms’ floors. The white oak flooring used throughout was heat-tempered for durability and sealed with a flat, water-based finish, perfect for the wear and tear of an active family. No chemical or lacquer finishes were used on the furniture or cabinetry, and Benjamin Moore’s Zero-VOC Aura paint was used throughout to keep the home as “clean” as possible.
Painstaking measures were taken to create a kitchen that is as functional as it is beautiful. Distances and details were checked and double-checked to ensure the workflow would be just right and the space would be comfortable for multiple cooks to use at one time.
The cabinets were custom made from French-cut eastern white oak and seamlessly blend storage with the cabinet-fronted, commercial-grade appliances. Every gourmet will appreciate the 60” Wolf 8-burner gas cooktop and hood, 36” Sub-Zero refrigerator, two Sub-Zero freezer drawers, BlueStar Salamander broiler, and two Miele high-speed dishwashers. Even the Kohler galley sink was equipped with two faucets so hands and dishes could be washed simultaneously. Eight-plus guests will enjoy sitting at the 15-ft island that houses the cooktop and serves as the entertaining hub of the room.
A beautiful, handcrafted 10-ft table, which sits in front of two of the great room’s large Pella windows, serves as the kitchen’s coffee bar. Two professional Profitec espresso machines sit atop the bar and have been plumbed with water so drinks can be made quickly and easily. Every detail truly has been thought of!
On the far end of the island and to the left of the home’s entry is the walk-in butler’s pantry. The same attention to detail is found here as is found in the kitchen. Open shelves house pantry staples, serving ware and a microwave oven, and a classic farmhouse sink adds to the Old World charm of the space. A 36” Miele freezer and Miele wine refrigerator with custom oak fronts sit next to a built-in, countertop wine bottle opener, while two sets of clear glass pendants illuminate the space.
In the great room, to the right of the entryway, is the home’s “whiskey room.” This masculine space features incredible, hand-built cabinetry with a wet bar, storage and glass-front displays. This is also the technology hub of the home where you can manage all the SmartHome operations including the surround sound system and the home’s built-in ethernet system that controls the home’s internet and phone connections.
The East Wing
While the great room is the center of the home’s flurry of daily activity, bedroom wings on either side provide much-needed privacy and solitude. In the lower level of the east wing, you’ll find a powder room, guest bedroom with en suite bath, the master suite, entry to one of the two garages, and stairs to the second floor.
The master suite is a breathtaking space – one that rivals the great room in allure and functional sophistication. Nine-and-a-half-foot tall, solid wood entry doors open to a X-sq ft suite where white oak floors flow through the bathroom and the walk-in closet and into the expansive bedroom where glass French doors lead to the deck and 10 large windows flood the room with light. The amazing views become the room’s artwork – continually changing with the seasons and the weather. At night, you’ll be hypnotized by the twinkling lights below and the stars above, and in the morning, you’ll enjoy the brilliant colors of the sunrise while staying cozy in your warm bed.
The view is but one of the features of the master bedroom. A ceiling with crossed spruce beams and a large, gas fireplace with brick surround and to-the-ceiling wood wall are two of the room’s visible treats. When you’re ready, in the south-east corner, a hidden feature awaits your personal touch. Plumbing for a bathtub has been added under the floor here and plans for a one-of-a-kind tub with a lathe-and-plaster, wood rib exterior and concrete interior have been drawn up. Wiring for a chandelier above is also in place. Imagine soaking in your private spa looking out at the spectacular view!
Until then, you’ll enjoy the incredible master bath that awaits you down the hall. The master bath offers an experience of rustic luxury. Natural white oak flooring, his and hers handcrafted wood vanities with white porcelain vessel sinks, custom medicine cabinets, and modern chrome fixtures perfectly complement the rustic, open shower. The shower, which sits between his and hers water closets, has a brick floor that feels soothing on your bare feet, two oversize rainfall showerheads, smooth-textured plaster walls, and a custom-sculpted rock wall with insets for sitting and ledges where live moss and ferns perch – adding to the outdoor shower feel.
Across from the shower are 10-ft wood doors, the tallest in the house, that open to the spacious walk-in closet. Inside is custom shelving, a hand-built dressing vanity and an all-in-one washer/dryer unit.
Down the hall from the master suite is a private guest suite and stairs that lead to the wing’s second floor. Creativity and fitness are the goals for the upstairs spaces. At the top of the stairs is a large studio that is perfectly suited to be a home office, craft/hobby room or art studio. A built-in window seat at the far end of the room overlooks the lavender fields, vineyards and hills beyond. Built-in shelves encircle the room, and desks have been built into all four corners. Two large glass pendant lights hang from the coved ceiling, illuminating the center work island.
Across the landing is the fitness studio where soft gym mat flooring underfoot eases the impact of your workout routine. A sloped ceiling gives way to a vaulted ceiling on the second level of the long room. At the far end of this space, which is perfect for morning yoga or pilates, is a circular window that creates a beautiful frame for the valley view.
The West Wing
A wide doorway next to the kitchen opens to the west wing that was built with family in mind. There are four bedrooms here, each with an en suite bath – two of which have showers and two which have clawfoot tubs. Two of the bedrooms also have sleeping lofts and access to the sprawling back deck. Down the hall is the main laundry room where a barn light hangs over a wood counter with industrial pipe legs that holds a metal washtub that serves as a sink – it’s a beautifully creative solution for a utilitarian room.
A set of stairs at the far end of the hall leads to an upstairs bonus/media room. This is the place to go when you want to relax and watch a movie or play games on the 120” projection TV. Vienna Acoustics speakers in custom cedar cabinetry surround the TV, adding a handcrafted touch to space.
Perfection Inside and Out
While this home is beautiful to look at, great care was taken to ensure everything behind the walls and under the floors was well done and overdone. Wiring and plumbing were carefully installed in just the right place in just the right way; the roof was designed with future solar panels in mind; two high-efficiency furnaces and air conditioners were installed so both wings of the home would be comfortable year-round; two water heaters quickly bring hot water to all the bathrooms; and systems are ready for installation of a generator.
Nelle Nuvole is a wine country estate like no other. The way natural materials and handcrafted artistry were used to create a luxurious yet functional home is truly extraordinary. This home will only get better with age and promises to be a joy to live in for generations to come.