Portland’s Blackberry Castle, famous for being for sale, bounces back on the market at $5 million
Even dream homes deserve a second chance. Blackberry Castle, the fanciful, gem-colored mansion hidden in Northwest Portland’s Forest Park neighborhood, is ready for a new owner who appreciates the Old World theme in a 14-year-old French-style chateau.
Asking price for the 6.4-acre gated estate at 14125 N.W. Germantown Road: $5 million.
The property has been for sale since 2015.
In January 2021, the original owners almost found a buyer, who then famously found a job with Playboy Enterprises in Los Angeles a year later.
This time, listing agent Daniel Lowe of Knightsbridge International is determined to search the globe for a new owner.
Lowe, who has a background in luxury hospitality and broadcast journalist, produced a six-minute video of a fictional party inside the towering stone-and-timber castle with pointy turrets, wrought-iron Juliet balconies and medieval-style arched windows.
The fantasy features embedded in the mansion’s 13,000 square feet of living space include a vast atrium with a glass ceiling, heated to grow tropical fruits.
There are frescoes above stairways and a fleur-de-lis crest embedded in the foyer’s marble floor. And at the foot of the grand stairs are illuminated alcoves that shelter life-size suits of knights’ armor.
Themed rooms range from a spa with Roman columns to a 1940s-style Buenos Aires theater with a wall-long projector screen. A marquee and trompe l’oeil curtains are under a ceiling with a blue-painted sky.
In the ceiling above the library, which consumes two levels of one of the turrets, is a massive, working clock, billed as the Northwest’s largest.
There’s a 15-foot-tall climbing wall in the gym and the kitchen has a butcher block island counter made from 10,000 individual wood cubes. The giant, onion-dome range hood is from Brasserie Montmartre, the former downtown Portland restaurant and jazz club.
The hillside is planted in Pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. Tucked away is a caretaker’s home and wine grotto hidden in a hillside.
“This is a nostalgic, timepiece property that anyone would be proud to call their own,” says Lowe. “One for the ages. To build this masterpiece in this day and age on six acres in the beautiful hills of Northwest Portland would easily cost five times the asking price.”
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
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