In the heart of Portland’s iconic Pearl District sits The Casey condominiums. Look toward the sky on the corner of NW 12th Avenue and NW Everett Street to 16 stories of contemporary residences that have the distinction of being in the most energy-efficient residential high rise in the country and the first building in the U.S. to be LEED Platinum certified. Built by renowned Oregon developers Gerding/Edlen, The Casey has incredible “green” features including photovoltaic panels that generate common area electricity, ground source heating and cooling, and roof top eco-gardens to lessen water runoff. The combination of eco-friendly and luxurious features makes The Casey the quintessential Pearl District residence.
In a neighborhood like the Pearl District that offers fabulous dining and shopping opportunities, the expectation for living quarters is high. Luckily The Casey will not disappoint. The eye-catching modern, yellow paneled exterior facade leads to the beautifully appointed lobby where the friendly concierge greets residents and guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The lobby sets the stage for the entirety of the building that holds just 62 units. Travertine tile floors, walnut-paneled walls and modern furnishings create a comfortable, contemporary common area for The Casey’s residents. Integrated throughout the interior, both in the lobby and on each floor, as well as on the exterior of the building are more than 50 artist-designed glass art panels created in collaboration with neighboring Bullseye Glass and local artists.
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Stepping onto the ninth floor from the elevator, you’ll be greeted by more Bullseye Glass murals. Each floor boasts a Bullseye Glass art panel that borrow hues from nature’s seasons. The glass murals and gorgeous dark wood panels in the residence hallways, along with the lobby appointments, provide a consistent look throughout the building - showing developers Gerding/Edlen’s incredible attention to detail.
Unit 903 sits just around the corner from the elevator on the southwest corner of the high rise. Take two steps into the condo’s foyer and you’ll quickly take notice of the family room’s oversized picture window that looks out into Portland’s West Hills. Stepping from the large formal entry, you’ll immediately get the sense that this is a ideal place to live, work and entertain.
The Casey was completed in 2008, and this 2,653 sq. ft. condo boasts a single owner who used it as a vacation property. Though only residing in it on occasion, the owners have taken incredible pride in the property and gone above and beyond in upgrading the home - and it’s clear from the interior’s amenities and the high-quality materials used throughout.
From the foyer, dark teak floors sweep throughout the social areas and draw your eye to a generous space where the home office and family room open up to view. With an obvious wink to those looking for an occasional or daily need to work from home, the office area features extensive cabinetry, floating bookshelves, custom file drawers, integrated cabinetry with a roll-out shelf for a printer, extensive under-cabinet, dimmable puck lighting, and sleek CaesarStone quartz work surfaces with space for three work stations. The walls under the cabinets are magnetic blackboards - unique and highly-functional - with custom-finished trim to match the cabinets.
Adjacent to the home office is the family room. Sitting nine stories high, the room’s floor-to-ceiling window offers an unobstructed view of the city and landscape beyond. The first of two gas fireplaces with honed limestone surrounds adorns the south wall along with a wall-mounted flat panel TV and built-in shelves perfect for displaying art or your travel mementos.
From the family room, you’ll catch a glimpse of the open kitchen, living and dining rooms flooded with natural light. A full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows on the south and west sides of this living area transforms this intimate space into the heart of the home - where guests will congregate and awe at the spectacular views both day and night. The south-facing windows open to a covered terrace from which Mt. Hood can be seen to the east while enjoying a local brew or glass of Pinot. The glass-paneled railing renders a seamless view from the home’s interior and gives a bird’s eye view of NW 12th Avenue and NW Everett Street below.
The living room features a twin to the gas fireplace in the adjacent family room and effortlessly blends into the well-equipped, modern kitchen. The kitchen’s European-style cabinets have hidden hinges while upper cabinet doors lift up for exceptional accessibility. The appliances have custom cabinet panels and match seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen cabinetry. A large island offers seating for three at the breakfast bar and has the same CaesarStone quartz solid surface as the rest of the kitchen. The high-end appliances (Miele double ovens, Marvel wine refrigerator, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf 5-burner cooktop, Fisher & Paykel hood, Franke faucet) give aspiring chefs the ideal tools to experiment - or if eating out is more your style, the caterer will love it when you hire her for parties!
With all the materials used throughout the home, consistency is key. And lighting is no exception. Additional, upgraded recessed halogen MR-16 zoned lighting has been installed throughout. All lights are on Lutron Maestro dimmers with screwless backplates and switchplates - keeping with the sleek, modern look of the home. Extensive under cabinet puck lights are also on the Lutron Maestro dimmer system - even the shower lights are dimmable. Another outstanding feature found throughout the home is the Elan audio system with in-ceiling and in-wall speakers. Never again will you have to worry about moving speakers around for the best surround sound - it’s been done for you.
The private spaces in the home are just as fabulous as the social areas. Off the family room, you’ll find the guest bedroom suite. With the feel of stepping into a boutique hotel, this space is as comfortable as it is stylish. The bathroom features a large, tiled shower with frameless, sand-blasted glass doors for privacy, a contemporary Toto “Pacifica” toilet, CaesarStone counter, and an ultra-modern faucet. The bedroom has three west-facing windows, luxurious 100% wool berber carpet, built-in shelves and drawers, and a huge walk-in closet with custom cabinets by Portland Closet Company. This relaxing space, set away from the master suite, will make your guests feel pampered and welcome.
Off the foyer is the entrance to the master suite. Step through the door into a true private oasis. Your feet will be the first to thank you as you step onto the lavish 100% wool berber carpet. The long hallway to the bedroom area leads past double wall closets outfitted by Portland Closet Company, a large walk-in closet with custom cabinets by Portland Closet Company, a spa-sized bathroom, and private water closet.
The master bath is truly appointed with spa-quality amenities. From the oversized soaking tub and tile shower with marble niches and double shower heads to the custom Duravit under-mounted sink and double wall-mounted magnifying mirrors, the bar for 5-star hotels will be set even higher now.
At the end of the hall is the quiet master bedroom retreat. With outstanding south-facing views, the bedroom is large enough for all your creature comforts but small enough to create a cozy haven of solitude away from the rest of the home. A full wall of custom cabinetry in the bedroom includes a large plasma TV behind fully-retractable bi-fold doors, more than a dozen drawers, upper storage cabinets, and bookshelves with frosted glass doors. The cabinetry also has a CaesarStone countertop and two tall built-in mirrors.
Back out into the foyer is where you’ll find entry to the home’s powder and laundry rooms. The powder room exudes style. The back wall lined with Venetian glass mosaic tiles is a piece of art within itself, but add the custom vanity, clean, curved lines of the console sink, and the floating linen cabinet and you’ll have a space that guests can’t help but comment on. Though the door to the laundry room will likely be closed much of the time, you can’t help but be impressed by the sheer size and design of it. The space has been re-worked from its original layout to provide room to accommodate storage cabinets, a drying rack, counter, oversized washer and dryer, utilities, plus the surround sound unit - with plenty of room to move around in too. This is not your ordinary condo laundry room! Much desired in urban living, this unit includes the added convenience of two deeded underground parking spaces and storage unit.
Situated just north of the Brewery Blocks, this fabulous ninth-floor condo is steps away from trendy shops, art galleries, wine bars and restaurants. With a “Walk Score” (walkscore.com) of 95 out of 100, the Pearl District is a “walker’s paradise.” It’s an incredibly pedestrian-friendly area filled with diverse neighbors who all share in the district’s unique vision for urban living where a short walk will take you to the grocery store, pet or child day care, world-famous Powell’s Books, a bite to eat, and much more. And with a Portland Streetcar stop just one block away, there’s no need to even start your engine if getting to downtown, the airport or the suburbs in on the day’s agenda.
Step out the front door of The Casey on any weekend afternoon and you’ll understand why the Pearl is such a sought-after neighborhood. Despite the upscale feel of many of the restaurants, like Fratelli or Andina, the Pearl District has a casual atmosphere where jeans are as welcome as suit jackets - this is Portland after all.
The Pearl District’s history plays a distinct part in the relaxed feel of the neighborhood. Up until the early 1990s, the area was home to primarily warehouses, light industrial buildings and a railroad yard. With industry moving out and urban decay setting in, developers demolished many of the buildings to make way for condominiums and retail space. However, a portion of the original warehouses remain scattered throughout and have been turned into lofts, restaurants, boutiques, and other neighborhood amenities. These warehouse spaces provide the rough-yet-chic feel for which the Pearl is known.
A walk around the block of The Casey is a sample of the incredible diversity of the neighborhood. The ground floor of the The Casey alone is home to Caffe Umbria Italian cafe bar, Moule clothing and housewares boutique, Bullseye Glass Gallery and Cargo, a shop filled with an eclectic array of Asian and Mexican imported furniture and goodies. Cross the street in any direction and you’ll find any one of a dozen interesting finds like Rogue Distillery & Public House, Mio Sushi, Leanna NYC clothing boutique, YoYo Yogi Yoga, the Aveda Institute, Barista coffeehouse, Cha Cha Cha! mexican cuisine, or the Byways Cafe homestyle diner.
The mix of nearby retail shops is a testament to how different the residents of the Pearl District are too. It’s no surprise to find modern furniture retailer Design Within Reach across the street from The Casey, but if modern isn’t your style then hunt & Gather offers an eclectic array of furnishings and art, Thea’s Interiors brings modern style with vintage finds, Cielo Home mixes antique with modern, and Cargo has the ideal amount of kitsch.
There is truly something for every style and taste in the Pearl District. Residents have the luxury of living in a neighborhood considered a culinary hotspot and hub for art galleries and aficionados, and where friends and families can effortlessly congregate in open spaces like Jamison Square. The Pearl’s magic is exemplified by the diverse mix of residents and businesses who have created a community where buying local is the natural choice and where everyone can walk out their doors and experience real street life filled with friendly encounters and a unique mix of neighborhood fixtures.