Roseburg OR Home For Sale
581 Fisher Road, Roseburg, OR 97471
Despite having been part of several successful business adventures, including building a dilapidated Cottage Grove cedar mill into one of the top producers of custom high-grade Douglas Fir cuttings in the world, Francis Engle lived modestly for the better part of his 92 years.
He and his wife, Pat, raised their family in a comfortable home in a quiet neighborhood in Roseburg, Oregon, that no resident of the beautiful community along Interstate 5 would ever associate with affluence.
But in the mid-1990s, Francis (he hated being called Mr. Engle) decided it was time to turn some of the fruits of his labors into a “showcase” home to enjoy with Pat, their kids and grandkids, during their golden years.
The lumber baron’s (he would have hated being called that too) vision was brought to life spectacularly in Golden Eagle Villa, a beautiful Mediterranean-style estate situated on 10.3 acres amidst a 300-acre family ranch overlooking Roseburg Country Club, the majestic Callahan Mountains and the vineyard- and farmland-covered valley floor beneath them.
No expense was sparred constructing the meticulously designed, 6,350-square-foot, two-story home now being offered, for the first time since Francis’ death in 2015, at $2,450,000.
Francis’ definition of “showcase” starts to become apparent immediately after turning off the picturesque road that separates the Golden Eagle Villa property line from the country club on the other side. To reach the quiet hilltop home, the visitor passes through an elegant entry gate and follows a long paved path through green pastureland that winds around the beautifully landscaped grounds through an oak-covered hillside.
Then it’s up the stamped concrete driveway to the circular entryway, at the center of which the peaceful sounds of a fountain, featuring the hand-painted tiles of Roseburg artist Jan Horn welcome you to the spectacular, yet not-the-least-bit ostentatious, home. This is one of four water fountains on the grounds.
To design a natural exterior that would complement the home’s showcase stature, Francis hired Hoichi Kurisu, a renowned Portland architect of Japanese gardens. That investment alone exceeded $300,000, which in retrospect seems like a bargain.
One step inside the home’s elegant entryway makes it evident that every penny the Engles invested in Golden Eagle Villa was well spent. Soaring ceilings, supported by Roman-style columns cover travertine floors, which lead to a carpeted living room framed by elegant windows revealing the previously described postcard view.
Chandeliers in both the entry and living room can be lowered and raised automatically for cleaning.
The signs of France’s livelihood, and the quality of the products he produced, can be seen everywhere — in bookcases, cabinetry, crown molding and other woodworking, all made from Louisiana gumwood so satiny smooth it all but grabs your hand and demands to be touched.
Replicating all the woodworking in the home, it is estimated, would take a shop at least a year, at a cost of more than $1 million. Francis invested some $200,000 in the kitchen cabinetry alone.
These features – indeed, every feature of Golden Eagle Villa – are the result of a hard-working, but unassuming, businessman, devoted father and grandfather, using his hard-earned money to build the best home possible for his wife, his family, and probably least important (at least in his mind) himself.
Each of the four bedrooms has its own bath. All surfaces are natural stone. Gutters and downspouts are copper.
The three-car garage features an epoxy floor and includes a drive-through bay to accommodate a motor home. A three-zone HVAC system keeps the large home efficiently comfortable year-round.
The quality touches extend to what can’t be seen as well. All the framing was done with clear lumber. Even the crawl spaces are finished concrete.
To say that, in Golden Eagle Villa, Francis Engle truly brought to life his dream of a showcase home is an understatement as sweeping as the panoramic view from this quiet hilltop. But this is not the kind of showcase that feels as if each room should be bordered by velvet ropes and stanchions.
This is a showcase that still feels like home, one that possesses the unassuming grace of its builder. It’s a setting where the kids or grandkids can roam freely and safely, in no danger of ever being bored. It’s a home with craftsmanship that, while exquisite, feels welcoming, not hands off.
It’s a place whose buyers will be able to sit on one of their travertine patios with a glass of wine, look out over the Umpqua Valley that produced it, and toast the good fortune that led them to this beautiful estate in one of the most beautiful slices of Heaven on Earth.
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