Welcome to our weekly property digest, bringing together the best homes for sale and rent worldwide. This week, we’re dreaming of woodland retreats and have discovered a forest ‘pavilion’ in northern California’s wine country and a tiny home prototype that can be towed across the continent.
Jorgensen House in Portland, Oregon
4 bedrooms; $1.599m via Windermere Realty
It comes as no surprise architects often have the best homes. But this midcentury property by John Yeon was so well-conceived that its interiors retain his 1945 design. This includes bespoke built-ins, light fixtures and neat midcentury elements Yeon conceived for the project. It could use a nip-tuck in places, but the home’s bones offer plenty of inspiration for its renovations, with the most inspiring of all being its woodland setting. Leafy views are visible from every corner of the three-storey home thanks to oversized windows, while rich timber clad walls hone a cosy cabin vibe.
A restored midcentury modern home in Beaverton, Oregon
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3 bedrooms; $925,000 via Modern Homes Portland
Staying within Oregon, this three-bedroom midcentury home in Beaverton has just emerged from a top-to-toe restoration. Steel beams and timber-slatted ceilings typify its angular spaces that open onto outdoor decks and balconies via glass sliding doors, allowing inhabitants to enjoy the property’s tree-lined surroundings. Modern Homes Portland has the listing.
Arcana cabin outside Toronto, Ontario
Sleeps 2; POA
Torontonians seeking respite from the city can venture north to Arcana cabin – a mirrored retreat hidden in the woods of Ontario. Studio Leckie designed and operate the cabins, which seek to harness the healing power of nature. The secret spaces blend into the natural fabric through a reflective, bird-friendly skin and while the first cabin is open, more are shortly to follow. See more on this and other mirrored architecture.
Rast by Norske Mikrohus
Sleeps 3; from £75,000 direct
This mobile tiny home channels Nordic vibes with a matte black exterior and white birch plywood interiors. Rast is designed with large and multiple window panes to engage with its location and has adaptable furniture (like a caravan) to shift it from day space to sleeping space. Best of all, it can be packed up and towed for life on the road.
The Forest House in Sonoma wine country, California
3 bedrooms; $3.5m via Sotheby’s International Realty
Douglas Burnham’s ingenious Forest House in Healdsburg unfurls across the forest floor as a series of interconnected pavilions, housing shared living spaces and bedrooms. The monochrome structures are mounted on stilts and surrounded by native trees, some of which piece the patios and decks that envelope the property. Take a look inside.