DISCOVER THE OLD WORLD
MOUNTAIN RIVER ESTATES BEND, OREGON
Every frontiersman has a moment of revelation.
MOUNTAIN RIVER ESTATES HEAVENLY RETREAT. PROVINCIAL CHARM. You followed sunsets and whispers of gold westward seeking wide-open spaces and summer nights brilliant with stars instead of city lights. Just below snow-capped Mt. Bachelor on the banks of the Deschutes River, discover a new kind of tranquility. Discover Mountain River Estates. Nineteen exclusive French-inspired chateaus by award-winning Northwest builder Jess Alway, Inc., are nestled amid canyon views and ponderosa pines. Each home features antiqued timber trusses, cathedral vaults, detached stone cottages, climatecontrolled wine cellars, outdoor in-ground spas, and state-ofthe-art communication systems. Located ﬁve minutes south of Bend’s Old Mill District.
Directions: South on Parkway/Bypass. Right on Powers Rd. Left on Brookswood. Right on Lodgepole. Left on Hollygrape. Travel 300 yards and turn right on Gorgeview. Contact: Alisha Alway, 541.350.8533 www.MountainRiverEstates.com
Jess Alway’s newest homes in Bend, Oregon feature French details and custom craftsmanship.
Wrought iron entry gate. Invite Delight.
MAISON DES MONTAGNES, LOT 7 (SOLD) Maison des Montagnes, our featured home, has its own private courtyard with adjacent stone guest cottage. 2050 sq.ft., 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Great Room with antiqued timber trusses, outdoor in-ground spa, and mountain views. The Cottage (495 sq.ft.) includes air conditioning, a mini-entertainment center, ďŹ replace, and alder wood ďŹ‚oors. Every Mountain River Estates home is made with the same exacting detail, honest material and craftsman labor. Homeowners may choose between one-level, two-level, and three-level homes. Color, Lighting and Custom Upgrade packages are available.
Explore the western frontier with bar-b-que tongs in one hand, a golf scorecard in the other.
PICTURE GALLERY At Mountain River Estates, luxury is standard. From the solid granite countertops, to artisancrafted gates, 50-year roofs, to full stone-stack chimneys, Jess Alway mandates that exceptional building materials be the rule throughout every residence. Particular homesites also include in-ground spasâ€” deep soaking pools encased by native rockâ€”and climatecontrolled wine cellars for collectors of vine and spirit.
Scurl tight-knot cedar siding frames hand-sculpted copper dormers.
MOUNTAIN RIVER ESTATES
HOME DESCRIPTIONS & PRICE LIST
Lot Sq. Ft. Bed/Bath
Maison Vue Panoramique
2300 + 495
Maison Belle Rive
Spa, Wine Cellar
Chalet des Chutes
Spa, Wine Cellar
2065 + 495
SOLD (Model Home)
2050 + 495
Pavillion du Soleil
2050 + 308
Demeure la Foret
Lot 10 Maison la Savane
Lot 11 Logis Desert Eleve
2050 + 308
Trellising, Studio Cottage
Lot 12 Jolie Demeure
2050 + 308
Lot 13 Chateau Lumiere
Lot 14 Le Nid d’Amour
Lot 15 SOLD
Lot 16 SOLD
Lot 17 Retraite de Campagne
2065 + 495
Cottage: 495 sq.ft. (kitchenette, full bath, bedroom, and separate living area)
Lot 18 Villa Ciel Bleu
2050 + 308
Lot 19 Chalet de Charme
ALISHA ALWAY 503.704. 3166 OR CARLEEN ALWAY 541.350.8533
Studio Cottage: 308 sq.ft. (kitchenette, full bath, bedroom/living area)
Home prices begin in the upper $600,000’s to 1.5 million plus.
300 ideal sunny-hammock and cold drink days. 65 adrenalin pumping downhill-as-fast-as-you-can ski days. Zero what-shall-I-do? days.
MOUNTAIN RIVER ESTATES
CHOOSE YOUR HOME,
LIVE YOUR DREAM
You know this is the home youâ€™ve been looking for. Yes, this is the one. A river view. An in-ground spa. A wine cellar, too. Choose a hand-stacked stone cottage and intricate trellising, a three-car garage, a babbling brook. No matter your selection, it is sure to be just right.
ALISHA ALWAY 503.704. 3166 OR CARLEEN ALWAY 541.350.8533
See the price list on page 7 for a description of each home.
Full stone-stacked ďŹ replaces and blacksmith-forged doors.
ABOUT THE BUILDER
He’s one of the last real men. A modern-day John Wayne who still believes in the power of a hand shake, the value of a dollar, and the integrity of one’s name.
Thanks to more than thirty years of industry experience, Jess Alway is much more than a builder. He’s an artist dedicated to his craft—sure to see every foundation perfect, each customization implemented, every detail testifying to the name behind the home.
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“Alway’s homes are built with a paintbrush, not a hardhat.”
Our proudest moments come with building second, third, and even fourth homes for satisﬁed customers who appreciate quality and the lasting promise behind the Alway name.
TESTIMONIALS FROM OUR SATISFIED CUSTOMERS “The home Jess built for us is a treaure to us because of the care and attention to detail he put into every aspect of the construction process. Jess was able to turn unique and creative ideas into reality, and he knows how to do them in ways that are budget friendly. We very much appreciated h is personal knowledge of the building trade and his hands-on approach, as well as his commitment to staying on schedule. As far as we’re concerned, no one builds a higher-quality home than Jess Alway.” —Rob and Laurie Anthony
“Can you be friends with your builder after the house is ﬁnished? We can. Jess did excellent work; everything we agreed on. He and his subcontractors got everything done—and done right.” —Stuart and Stephanie Travis “We took a long time to decide who would build our home. We wanted a quality builder who would stay within a budget. We worked closely with Jess and ﬁnished within $200 of the original estimate. We really appreciated his honesty and integrity. That’s rare to ﬁnd.” —Bruce and Kathy Frydenlund
Ageless European design. Premier riverfront real estate. Soulmates.
Builders create an old-world look with French country style By CONNIE POTTER
Special Writer for the Oregonian
When builder Jess Alway researches architectural elements, he doesn’t just pick up a book. He hops on an airplane. The inspiration for Mountain River Estates, a French country-style village he’s building in Bend, came from visiting France and seeing ﬁrsthand the steep hipped roofs, elaborate wrought iron and shutters. “I’ve always been intrigued by the architecture of the French because of the uniqueness,” said Alway, a longtime Portland-area builder who had entries in the Street of Dreams from 1985 through 1987. “I was always drawn to that look —even my house in Portland was in that French look.” Alway built a house in Sisters in 2000 and commuted for two years before deciding to work full time in Central Oregon. He found a ﬁve-acre parcel of land nestled between the Deschutes River and Mount Bachelor and created Mountain River Estates, with 19 lots ranging from 7,000 to 13,000 square feet. Alway calls it “the most unbelievable piece of property on the rim of the Deschutes.” “You look across the canyon at Mount Bachelor and Broken Top, and it’s the most panoramic view you’ve ever seen,” he said. “I feel obligated to put in houses that are worthy of such a precious piece of dirt.”
In February, Alway returned from another continental visit with more than 500 photographs of stepping-stones, downspouts and other details speciﬁc to French architecture. Rich and Sandy Ferraro of Lake Oswego found the development so captivating that they made an oﬀer on a home within an hour of touring the model. “We weren’t looking for a house,” said Rich Ferarro, “but it was so striking that we bought it instantly.”
This cover story appeared in The Oregonian’s New Home Monthly special edition on March 17, 2005
During trips abroad, the Ferarros said, they enjoyed visiting French villages, and they found that Mountain River Estates captured the essence of places they had been. “Everything is totally authentic, top-drawer in craftsmanship,” Sandy Ferarro said. “It’s just this feeling of a village community. It’s totally into what my taste is.”
While the architecture is based in the Old World, the amenities are all modern-day. Stainless-steel appliances in the kitchens are commercial grade, and heated ﬂoors in bathrooms keep feet warm on cold mornings. The houses are wired throughout for high-end sound systems and lighting control. From the garage door opener, a homeowner can push a single button to turn on all the lights in the home. A security camera makes it possible to see who’s at the front door.
Some of the projects homes include separate guesthouses built out of stone, patterned after the old stone farmhouses Alway saw in France. Masonry ﬁreplaces, vaulted ceilings in the great rooms, antique timber trusses and wide-plank alder ﬂoors add to the European ﬂavor of the homes. The entry doors of every home are custom-made. The oversized interior doors are 3 inches thick and made of alder. Stone barriers rather than fences separate some projects. Wrought iron, which is prevalent in French homes, is used in entry gates, creating a courtyard look for each home.
A homeowners association takes care of all landscaping, including mowing and fertilizing— making Mountain River Estates especially convenient for residents who travel often or dwell elsewhere part of the year. Buyers appreciate not only the distinctive architecture but also the concept of community, Alway said. “We’re not just buying a great house on a great lot,” said Ferarro. “It’s the feeling of community and the sense of being quite unique.”
Mortise and tendon timber-pegged trusses. Enviable and impressive.
The Bulletin: Subdivision Living
Mountain River Estates By PATRICE SUTTON Special Writer for The Bulletin
On a trip to Europe, villages in France and Italy so charmed Carleen and Jess Alway that after returning home to Oregon, a vision took hold of Jess to create an authentic French provincial village in Central Oregon. After a long search, the Always’ found the right place, with views of the mountains and river, on Gorge View, a street in southwest Bend already platted and divided into 19 lots. Jess of Jess Alway, Inc., a residential builder, planned an overall layout of homes and use of the varied levels of terrain so that most of the 19 homes will have a mountain view. Five lots also directly overlook the river rushing 300 or so feet below. Alway, who built custom homes in Portland for more than 30 years before moving to Central Oregon, worked on the new project with architect Rich Walton of Portland, and commissioned many artisans he’d worked with over the years as well as those recently met. An artist at heart, Alway provided the artisans the general idea and theme, and left them free to create. He then cast about for a wrought-iron worker, who created entry gates with diﬀering motifs such as a dragonﬂy or a ﬂower. They feel welcoming and create a patio courtyard eﬀect along the walkway to the front door.
Alway’s love of such details is resulting in unique chateaus. Each will bear special features gleaned from images of houses, little fountains, old church doors and other elements ﬁlmed while in Europe. Just as French and Italian dwellings or shops in the countryside carried name plaques, proclaiming baker or jeweler, so the chateaus on Gorge View Street will sport iron hoops with French names, Maison Vue Panoramique and Chalet des Chutes among others. One home contains a replica train station clock. Others will come with a wine cellar, trellising, in ground spa or small pool with waterfall. Care and attention to detail extends to safety and pleasure items such as the remote for the garage that turns exterior and interior lights on. The one to three level, three to ﬁve bedroom homes are 2,400 to 3,200 square feet. Interior decorator Lisa Stiles designed ﬁve color options, including custard, spice, macadamia and oatmeal. Six lots will include detached cottages of 308 to 495 square feet. Seven lots will have mini entertainment-computer centers. Prices range from $625,000 to $1.25 million. Standard features include 3-inch thick custom front doors; 7-ft alder doors throughout the interior; corbel arched entries; wide plank, hand-antiqued hardwood ﬂoors; cathedral ceilings with trusses specially handcrafted for each great room; masonry gas ﬁreplaces with blacksmith doors; tumbled stone tile in master bathrooms, hall baths and utility
“An artist at heart, Alway provided the artisans the general idea and theme, and left them free to create.” rooms; hand trowel wall ﬁnish; divided light-paned windows; security systems; heated ﬂoors in master bathrooms; and sliding doors to cobble-stamped concrete patios. “There’s a covered area oﬀ every door to the outside so that no one every steps into rain or snow,” Alisha Alway, marketing director, said. Exteriors include two-tone roofs; part cedar siding, part local Dove Mountain rock, the stones hand placed European style without grout or cement; half round copper gutters and downpours; and copper dormers. “For every detail, we try to ﬁnd someone with that passion...who loves what they’re doing” and ﬁts theme, said Alisha Alway. “This is a French provincial village in Oregon, and we want to take you to France.” This cover story appeared in The Oregonian’s New Home Monthly special edition on March 17, 2005
YOUR INVITATION Mountain River Estates invites you to explore luxury. Find your sanctuary under clear starry skies, tall ponderosa pine, and the music of the mighty Deschutes River. Discover Bend’s ﬁnest homage to the Old World. Discover Home.
For more information on Mountain River Estates, please visit us online at www.MountainRiverEstates.com or call us directly, 541.350.8533 or 503.704.3166. We look forward to meeting you today!
phone 541.350.8533 or 503.704.3166