Featured two years in a row in Historic Society tours, this outstanding home is one of Forest Grove’s most distinctive historic properties. A rare Italianate-Victorian, the Smith House is spacious with high ceilings, and situated in a park-like setting in Forest Grove’s Clark Historic District. This magnificent 1876 home has been meticulously renovated, and now offers state of the art utility and comforts while retaining the patina of gracious Nineteenth Century living throughout.
This home is uniquely suited for family gatherings in a delightfully photogenic setting. From the expansive kitchen that features an island re-purposed from a Circa 1875 square grand piano, and two gas ranges; to the elegant formal dining room complete with fireplace and sweeping buffet; memorable family banquets can be served with ease. The dining room flows into a music parlor complete with an antique pump organ, mini-grand piano, and PA system for mealtime merriment.
The family can then gather on the expansive front porch that is perfect for group photos. Children can retire to the upstairs playroom that features a large screen TV for family movies and a stockpile of games and toys. Meanwhile, bookworms can retreat to the extensive classic library loft. More active adventurers can jump on one of our bicycles to enjoy the popular paved nature trail behind the Smith House that gently winds through a secluded bird sanctuary, over Gales creek, and into the Historic Painters' Woods and other old town districts of Forest Grove. For the less adventurous, simply enjoy a game of croquet on the generous front lawn in this quiet neighborhood. Then take a short stroll (we provide a stroller for tykes) down Main Street, past giant sequoias, to enjoy dessert and coffee in one of our many superb local eateries. Or, take in some community theater, or just peruse the downtown art gallery and antique shops. In summer, enjoy local fresh produce and treats every Wednesday at the local Farmer’s Market. Year-round, attend one of many functions at Pacific University -- all within mere blocks of the home. In fall, attend the Oregon Air Show in nearby Hillsboro Airport.
Hollywood buffs are delighted that Forest Grove’s unique small-town charm has been discovered and television episodes have been filmed in locations just minutes away.
For fishermen or water sport enthusiasts, picturesque Hagg Lake awaits. For bicyclists, the allure of the 21-mile Vernonia trail entices. Both are mere 15 minutes away. For wine-tasting enthusiasts, we are located on the virtual edge of a wine-lovers’ dream – a plethora of picturesque wineries within minutes.
Why is the Smith House a Forest Grove treasure?
Although 142 years old, the Smith House boasts completely updated wiring and plumbing, Internet, Cable TV, and central air conditioning and heat.
Dining: The Smith House features a large dining room and front parlor, which can accommodate up to 20 for sit-down or buffet meals. China, silverware, linens, platters, bread baskets, serving dishes and utensils, coffee urn, water glasses and pitchers are provided upon request. The large dining room buffet is equipped with power plugs, and warming implements and electrical casseroles and crocks are available. For added winter charm, the dining room features a fully functional wood-burning fireplace.
Kitchen: The fully-equipped gourmet kitchen features a unique island made from a repurposed antique square grand piano. The kitchen is furnished with a gas range, microwave, dishwasher, crockpot, vegetable steamer, popcorn popper, four-slice toaster, espresso/drip coffee maker, and more -- and of course is stocked with all the necessary cooking and eating utensils.
Family room: The family room adjoins the kitchen and and sports its own doorway leading to the wrap-around front porch. The room features a large-screen television and a cozy gas-heating stove. The main-floor "Yellow Bathroom" adjoins here, and as the leather sofa opens into a queen bed; free-standing screens can be provided upon request, so that this room can be converted into an additional bedroom-bathroom space to accommodate additional overnight guests.
The Play Room: The play room is the kitchen attic, connected by a back staircase. It features children’s books, Legos, games, toys, a pack-and-play, and an additional wall-mounted flat screen TV with DVD player. There are three beds in the play room, one a fold out studio bed, and two captain's beds with storage drawers beneath. Both captains beds extend to double size, however, space will only allow for one double and the other to remain single.
The Library: This reading and chess nook is a beautiful relaxing loft with floor-to-ceiling, extensively stocked bookshelves; a window seat; comfy chair; and a chess board, table, and chairs.
The Guest Room: The double bed features a memory foam mattress, a hypo-allergenic down-alternative feather bed beneath, and topped off with a down-alternative duvet and cover. This level of comfort coupled with the lovely antiques and vintage decor is tranquil and relaxing.
The Master Suite: The plantation-style queen bedroom sets off the high ceilings; and features a memory foam mattress, a hypo-allergenic down-alternative feather bed beneath, and down-alternative duvet and cover on top. An archway connects a sink room which in turn leads to a separate room with a private lavatory and marble shower. That room also boasts a charming window seat and window overlooking the garden, as well as cabinetry well stocked with extra towels, quilts, linens, toilet paper, and more.
The Yellow Bathroom: This is the main floor bathroom, which could also double as another guest bath should guests avail themselves of the fold-out bed in the family room. This bright and cheery space features a claw-foot tub.
The Blue Bathroom: The upstairs guest bath is in close proximity to the guest and play-rooms. Pristine blue and white provides a tranquil setting for an exquisite bubble bath in this beautiful room.
The Laundry Room: Here you will find large-capacity front-loading washer and drier, as well as an iron and ironing board.
Garden: In the summertime enjoy fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blackcaps, grapes and cherries as they are available. Enjoy squirrel watching year-round. Fresh eggs from our free-range chickens are available year-round as well. Have a couple for breakfast!
Other details – The property is fenced and equipped with a state of the art security system with 16 outdoor cameras that can be monitored locally on the television screen or checked remotely at any time by the owners. For your privacy, there are no indoor cameras. Wheelchair access is available (Front entry ramp) on request.
Why is Forest Grove a great home base for your visit to Oregon?
All its local charms considered, Forest Grove's location makes it an excellent launching pad for a larger-scaled experience. Because of its central position in Oregon’s northwestern corner, the state’s most splendid attractions are within one to two hours’ drive, or less, in any direction. We are twenty-five miles from Downtown Portland; sixty miles from the Oregon Coast; seventy miles from Mount Hood; seventy miles from Multnomah Falls and the breathtaking Columbia Gorge; seventy miles from Oregon State University, home of the Beavers. And in between those locations? Oregon, Oregon, Oregon. Everything that makes our state one of the most beautiful places on the earth. Hiking, fishing, antiquing, breweries, wineries, and restaurants abound in this corner of the world.
History of the I. L. Smith House:
This Italianate Victorian home was constructed of old-growth Douglas Fir in 1876 by Irwin L Smith. Mr. Smith and his family traveled by wagon from Illinois to settle in Forest Grove. Mr. Smith began learning carpentry at age 8 and built hospitals during the Civil War. He owned a furniture shop in Forest Grove, and established the Western Hotel here as well. Mr. Smith was a prominent citizen and eventually became involved in government, leaving the town of Forest Grove to become a State Legislator. His business partner Buxton had a daughter who married a man named Caples and then lived in the house for many years. Because of this, the house is also known as the Buxton-Caples House. During it's long life, the house served as a boarding house at one point, having a kitchen on both floors. It nearly burned down one morning and a young man walking to school was able to awaken the residents and save them and the structure. There are still charred timbers in the rafters, as we discovered during demolition of the kitchen attic. The home was more recently owned by a lovely Forest Grove couple named Boyer who painted it a beautiful shade of blue that we have preserved and come to refer to as "Boyer Blue." This color was repainted on the original 140-year-old cedar plank siding during the restoration.
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