Designed by renowned architect and 2015 National Academy inductee, James Cutler, of Cutler Anderson Architects, Famous Tree is considered one of the few examples of world class modern architecture in Central Oregon.
Arrival at this residence in the high desert comes upon the visitor suddenly. Surrounded by juniper, bitterbrush and sage, the house is designed no higher than the vegetation encircling it. Board form concrete walls - colored to match the land - present a camouflaged, solid face to the desert entry. The east face, in contrast, features floor-to-ceiling glass and opens to the rim of a massive basalt canyon and distant mountain views.
Three living areas inhabit the concrete spine. The living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry comprise the center section. Down long hallways in either direction are the master bedroom and bath and a guest room, guest bath and gym/office. Two bluestone terraces offer canyon views and infinite opportunities for lounging, dining and entertaining.
Located ten miles northeast of Sisters, Oregon, this stunning, custom-built retreat is dramatically sited on 41 acres of classic High Desert topography. Perched at the edge of a 1400’ cliff, the property overlooks and offers private access to Whychus Canyon Preserve, one of the most important river conservation projects in North America and home to steelhead, salmon, deer, elk, cougar, eagles, hawks, coyote and countless smaller birds and wildlife.
In addition to the dramatic, unobstructed, eternally protected 180 degree plus views of the Wychus Canyon Preserve, there are also intimate and distant views to Broken Top, the Three Sisters, Smith Rock State Park, the Ochoco Mountains, Gray Peak and Mount Jefferson.
Famous Tree has appeared in numerous international magazines including House and Garden, the Wall Street Journal Magazine, International House and Design, The Daily Beast and Hauser. It is also one of the featured homes in the architectural book Searching For True from Rizzoli.
This 2300 sq. ft. handcrafted home was designed and built to fit quietly into the environment, offering a rare opportunity for those who appreciate nature, world-class design, exquisite craftsmanship, solitude and something truly unique.
Famous Tree is easy to reach, with non-stop flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver and Salt Lake City.