‘Work of art’ Ashland house for sale at $5.9 million has fairytale features on 708 acres – OregonLive

Hidden in hills all over Oregon are one-of-kind houses on acres of land with untouched wildlife habitats. Many of the secretive residences are highly customized, with features designed to evoke an emotion. In the owners’ eyes, they are art.
Of all of the state’s unique houses secluded behind gates, one property stands out: An 8,880-square-foot dwelling at 2700 N. Valley View Road outside of Ashland. A series of rounded tile roofs are topped by Byzantine-inspired cupolas and stucco exterior walls fold over the bulbous and bowing facade.
The 708-acre property, for sale at $5,895,000, is a sanctuary and an adventure, says listing agent Chris Martin of LandLeader in Medford.
Seeing photos of the ornate rooms can feel overwhelming. Preserved manzanita trees splay across the dining room. The fireplace’s glass mosaic inlay depicts two dragons forming a heart. The bathroom’s steam shower has boulders as benches.
When the property, called Shining Hand Ranch, was put on the market in 2016 after the owners moved to Hawaii, people described the domes of the house as something out of “Harry Potter,” “The Hobbit” or Arthurian legend. It was called a fairytale home worthy of a Hogwarts wizard, Dumbledore’s summer home or a place for Gandalf or Merlin to live.
But people who have toured the house with Martin are able to look through windows shaped like clouds or windswept pines, and see the real thing. Surrounding the house are meadows and expanses of oak groves, with the Siskiyou mountains in the background.
Elk roam the land, which is made up of seven tax lots and is zoned as exclusive farm use (EFU). The property has 8,000 feet of frontage along Myer Creek and two wells.
The house is heated and cooled with geothermal energy. The property also has an off-grid cabin with solar power and generator. The second home sits on elevated land that Martin calls the eagle’s nest.
“The home’s unique design is a celebration of nature,” says Martin, who specializes in marketing rural estates, farms, ranches and recreational properties. “This breathtaking home is beyond custom; it is a work of art.”
The entrance has rounded corners and sculptural appointments in copper, glass, stone, granite, local and exotic wood. Danny Dinsmore
Artisans worked for seven years embellishing the two-story, two-bedroom house. Russell Beebe of Phoenix carved images of salmon, coyotes and eagles into the Brazilian mahogany of the arched, double front doors.
Copper twisted into tree forms outlines the front doors, weaves throughout the house and out to the stone patio. Large river rocks placed at the base of exterior walls ebb and flow, mimicking water. Inside, a low rock wall, used as a planter between the entry corridor and the sunken living room, models the undulating pattern.
Each windowsill is a custom wood piece with a sculpted edge. Glass was cut in amoeboid shapes to fit between the black walnut railings on the staircases. Contouring strips of exotic wood on the floor was laid to look as if it were flowing like water, splashing up against walls, and rings of oak or cedar clad the round ceilings.
Spiraling pewter inserts in the kitchen’s travertine floor match the pewter drawer pulls. Plastered walls have soft round circles handmade with sea sponges. The granite island is kidney shaped and supported by manzanita tree trunks.
A spiral staircase to the primary suite was created from a single beam of laminated oak.
Martin likens the curvaceous design, including rounded corners, blue granite counters and ironwork on the gates to the Catalan Modernism architecture of Antoni Gaudi, as seen in the Sagrada Família church in Barcelona, of Spain.
A carousel-shaped, glass gazebo encloses a pool.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072
jeastman@oregonian.com | @janeteastman
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