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Big Night: Party Rooms Centralize the fun...and the Mess
Big night: Party rooms centralize the fun -- and the mess Sunday, December 31, 2006 By CATHY LAMB

Tonight, if you have been elected 2007's Chief Party Planner, your home may soon be filled with the following things: happy revelers, champagne and beer, hors d'ouevres, noise makers, confetti, streamers and ridiculous paper hats no one would never wear except on New Year's Eve. Music will blare, the silver ball will drop on TV, people will smooch at midnight, and at the end of it all your home will look like it's been hit by a cyclone.

You will go to bed and try to forget about the mess until tomorrow. When the lights are low, ice pack firmly planted on head, you'll wonder what it would be like to have a party room -- a place to put everyone, a place where the wreckage and the ruckus could be contained.

A party room, perhaps, like the one for sale at 1248 S.W. Hessler Drive, near Oregon Health & Science University for $2.1 million. The updated 1950s midcentury modern home has five bedrooms and three baths in 5,334 square feet, and sits on three-quarters of an acre. It's listed with Suzanne Goddyn and Rene Susak of Windermere/Cronin & Caplan Realty Group.

Fast Forward Mid-Century Modern Design
The downstairs party room -- with a wood-burning fireplace and built-in barbecue opening to an adjacent patio with a spectacular view of the Willamette River, Ross Island and Mount Hood -- is a party host's dream.

The floor was made from pieces of blackboards salvaged from various old schools in Portland. A custom, curved Formica top with a metallic finish adds shine to the 1950s original wood bar. Next to the party room is a small, fully remodeled kitchen with butcher-block countertops, industrial tile flooring and vertical-grain custom cabinetry, bypassing the need to troop up and down stairs with a full tray.

High-End Quirky Style
The bathroom adjacent to the party room is the only bathroom in the home that hasn't been remodeled "The party room is timeless, it's amazing," says Jeff Suhy, who bought the house with his wife, Leslie, in 2005. "But when I saw that bathroom I said, 'You've got to be kidding. We're not touching this.' "

Why? Perhaps the first clue is the vintage sign, one of several hanging near the bathroom door, that says "Gentlemen's Toilet." The original red wallpaper has a vaudeville theme. An antique speaker phone hangs near a corner. The floors and sink are marble.

The Suhys, who live in the Hollywood Hills with their two children, had planned to move to Portland. Jeffrey Suhy co-owns a Los Angeles design company, Robot and Sons, which worked with contractors in Oregon to remodel the entire house.

Business obligations have put the family's plans to move to Oregon on hold, despite Jeffrey Suhy's regrets about losing the Southwest Portland property.

"Living in L.A., you are in a constant compressed state. It's constant chaos. If it's not outside your door, it's down the street," Suhy said. "That place (on Hessler Drive) feels incredibly serene and open. It has to be the greatest lot in any city I've ever seen."

Suhy said he anticipated having great parties in that house.

"It was for me, my wife and family, our dream house. When I'm ready to move up there again, my worry is that I won't be able to find a home like this, with that kind of vibe."


Suzanne Goddyn and Rene Susak, Windermere/Cronin & Caplan Realty Group, 733 N.W. 20th Ave.; 503-497-5016;

Keep a green bough in your heart and the singing bird will come...Chinese Proverb
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