The Essence of ‘Quintessence’

“Quintessence” is defined as “the most perfect or typical example of quality or class.”

It is, then, a word that might be associated with any of the five luxury homes on the 63-acre property just outside West Linn that is playing host to the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams. But only one of the homes is actually named “Quintessence,” and what makes it truly special might surprise you.

The single-story, 6,275-square-foot home stands at the cutting edge of sustainability and is on track to be the largest home in Oregon to earn the coveted “platinum” rating from the nonprofit Earth Advantage.

“The house is incredibly sustainable,” says Peter Brown, director of building certifications at Earth Advantage, who adds that Quintessence will likely be the only Street of Dreams home to obtain the platinum rating in 2016.

The 41st annual NW Natural Street of Dreams, which opened Saturday and runs through Aug. 28, is expected to draw 50,000 visitors to Tumwater at Petes Mountain. A visit to the property at the intersection of Petes Mountain Road and Schaeffer Road reveals a set of massive luxury homes — each priced between $3 million and $5 million.

Open to the public from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, the home show allows attendees to tour what is thought to be the “cream of the crop” in home design, all in a rural setting that offers dramatic views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.

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