22111 Riverwood Rd, Dundee, OR – The Villa 22111 Riverwood Rd, Dundee, OR 97115
Along the river at the base of the Red Hills of Dundee, OR, Del Smith, the Founder of Evergreen Aviation in the 1960’s had arrived at a turning point in his storied life. This turning point changed his life plans and he found himself engaged in acquiring a historic 1906 fixer on a very large swath of Willamette Valley land.
The location is on the west bank of the Willamette River in the verdant Willamette Valley, more specifically in the farmland of Dundee, Oregon. To the east, facing the red hills of the Dundee American Viticultural Area (AVA), where some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world is created. To the west a view of Mt Hood over the river.
It is a good story… Del’s new project leads him to meet and marry, Maria, of Adriatic Italian descent. They finished the Victorian, reconfigured the acreage, and began on Del and Maria’s final dream project together
The property with the Victorian is eventually pared down to its current 46.6 acres running along a sweeping stretch north-south following the banks of the Willamette with the beautiful view to the East of Mt Hood over the river and to the west over hazelnut groves, vineyards and blueberry fields the sun sets over the Dundee Hills. The previously owned 100’s of acres of farmland are now under the care and ownership of another party. The mansion to be built will become the “Del Mar Villa” named after the couple who spared no expense and brought this $18,000,000 dream into reality.
An over 26,480 square foot estate encompassing a central three-story main structure with north and south wings, then further connecting on the southerly side by an enclosed colonnade to the elegant pool pavilion.
Classic, beautiful, provenance, standing for centuries, are thoughts and terms that come to mind as you walk the travertine tile floors into the grand entry hall and past the arched clear vertical grain, highly polished cedar French doors and casement windows. True to the style the couple sought to create of a villa in the Italian hills.
Classic in the golden earth-stained stucco, the smooth cast ground-stone balconies with the same stone trim-work on the exteriors and the main area interiors.
Classic in the beautiful scale expressed by height of the archways and the tall polished solid cedar doors. A feeling of stepping into another time upon entering the high-ceilinged spaces of the estate with the skim-coated stucco-like wall treatments in the great rooms. Finishes that echo ancient villa walls.
Approaching the home down a long lane lined with hazelnut groves and blueberry fields you arrive in the formal front parking court planted in magnolia and stately Cypress. A wide graceful entry under cast stone archways leads you to the, at least, 12’ tall, handcrafted, cedar double front doors. These doors are a beautiful example of the consistency of fine craftsmanship with the exceptionally finished woodwork that highlights the entire residence. There is a secondary parking court easily accessible from this same drive for more informal access which includes an oversized attached 3-car garage.
Over the years Del had diversified Evergreen and developed an agricultural branch which came into play on this property and truly brought the grounds to life. Symmetry and cadence are expertly executed and displayed in the boxwood hedges edging the garden “rooms” with, always, the mesmerizing scent of hundreds of rose shrub plantings thoughtfully scattered thru-out both the formal, informal gardens and surrounding the great lawns. Carefully cultivated natural arbors, a shaded concrete-pillared grape arbor, overlooking the river and a large firepit are among other features found on the Villa’s grounds. The windows of the estate, the gardens and terraces all designed to draw the eye to the river view.
Just above the river and set back from the protected green space there are approximately 10 seasonally, plantable acres that have most recently been planted in wheat. This area is in a flood zone and may not support a year-round type of crop.
On the south grounds just beyond the pool pavilion there are two full-sized, fenced and night-lit sport courts. One set for tennis and the other for basketball, badminton, or sport court hockey.
The grand travertine tiled entry foyer features a 3-story marble-stepped, curving stairwell with three-dimensional wrought iron railings rising like a sculpture and open all the way to the 3rd floors’ vaulted & beautifully finished ceiling. From this foyer the formal living room draws you into its light-filled space with French doors on 3 sides and a great cast stone and marble-faced fireplace anchoring the room. The covered terraces smooth cast-stone arches echoing the front entry design and overlooking the vast grounds complements this lovely room. Of note, the home has French doors designed as both doors and full-length windows, again, maintaining the symmetry and elegance of this style Additionally, while the scale is grand the radiant, water-heated floors in the entire residence, including the pool deck, maintain a comfortable warmth.
To the left of the foyer past his/her offices and formal powder room are two master suites. The spacious main suite with double walk-ins, tall coved ceilings, and private slate terrace featuring a contemplative fountain. The main level guest suite which has seen more than a few visiting dignitaries equally as lovely. Both suites feature wood burning fireplaces and oak floors.
To the right of the foyer there is a formal dining room, a butlers’ pantry with specialty cabinetry for fine china and felt-lined drawers for silver, a breakfast nook and a large commercial kitchen. The kitchen is complete with double Sub-Zero refrigerators and freezers, Dacor double oven, Miele convection oven, Thermador grille, two Bosch dishwashers, and a six-burner gas range in the large granite topped island. The kitchen has a second pantry for dry goods and this area of the home smartly features cork floors to provide cushion while preparing holiday banquets and meals for guests.
Off of the kitchen is a massive and very attractive vaulted, beamed ceiling family/great room with an equally substantial gas-starter, wood burning fireplace; all fireplaces in the villa feature gas starters. Oak hardwood floors, built-in cabinetry and bookshelves grace this multi-purpose space. Attention to detail continues with the same polished woodwork used in the custom screen doors for each French door and the custom hinged screen windows built for each casement window in the home.
Running parallel to the kitchen and family room is a secondary hall in the south wing. The main floor of this wing houses the utility areas off of the garage and informal parking court along with the stairwell to the full basement mechanicals. The second floor of the south wing contains the 3bdrm/1bth household quarters.
Turning right at the front foyer one walks the length of the travertine south front hall to enter a stunning breezeway, described as a colonnade by the architect. Spectacular custom plastered, multi-arched ceiling and wall of French doors overlooking the main formal garden with a circular mosaic tile-lined central fountain. The breezeway leads to the outstanding pool/spa pavilion with a nearly public-sized pool as the centerpiece under a soaring beamed ceiling. The facility includes two wood-paneled full bath/dressing rooms, a large steam room and additional shower. The pavilion has its own separate terrace overlooking the garden and the Willamette.
To the north of Del Mar Villa is the original turn of the century home which is known as the J. D. Gordon house, this house is an excellent example of the transitional period between Late Victorian and the Colonial Revival, according to the Yamhill County Cultural Resource Inventory.
A copy of further information regarding the architectural description of this structure is available upon request.
The 4,836 sq. ft. home has retained its original exterior and windows. The interior remodel/renovation was completed in approximately 1999 along with the added 4-car tandem garage. This home also has lovely views of the Willamette River particularly from the 3rd floor game room with full bar including two keg taps.
The second floor has two suites, the second small suite is non-conforming (no closet), there is a third bedroom and a 3rd full bath.
The main level entry has retained the original oak floor and attractive staircase. Double French doors to the living room with original oak floors, and an early century style updated fireplace. Double pocket doors enter into a formal dining room with newer fir floors, next to a family room with fir floors and second fireplace. The remodel completely updated a very large kitchen with black and white tile work, double islands, electric appliances and a free-standing refrigerator. The kitchen also features a breakfast nook with a built-in buffet that may be original and the laundry nook is adjacent to this space. There is a back hall with a large utility sink, a built-in dog wash station underneath, and the half bathroom for this floor. This home has a partial daylight basement that was gutted to the studs and then finished with two more bedrooms, a den and a full bath. The mechanical room for the home is on this level. The added garage is reached through an exterior entry just off the back porch of the home.
At this north end of the property is the gated entry with the former address numerals for the Victorian. This address is no longer valid. The original structure is permitted under criteria for a second home on a Farm-Use zoned property in Yamhill County. Copies of both the ordinance for the Farm Zone and for the Willamette River Greenway District are available upon request. Any questions regarding potential conditional uses for the estate property can be directed to Yamhill County Planning.
RIGHT: Del Smith Estate Up For Auction Featured in Yamhill Valley News Register (Click graphic to download and read.)