Glass-Enclosed Famous Tree Is a Modern Masterpiece in Central Oregon

  • Deck


  • Famous Tree Exterior

    Famous Tree Exterior

  • Hallway and Famous Tree

    Hallway and Famous Tree

In Central Oregon, an area known for scenic wonders, there's also a man-made work of art to gaze upon. Nestled atop a 1,400-foot cliff is a glass-enclosed home that's both modern and one with its natural surroundings.

Custom-built for the current owners in 2008 by renowned architect James Cutler, the masterpiece is on the market for the first time and listed for $2.35 million.

While the 2,300-square-foot poured concrete, wood, and glass structure is a marvel in itself, the stunning location is a glorious selling point. It's situated on 41 acres of high desert land, with nary another house in sight. The home borders the Whychus Canyon Preserve and offers private access to hiking trails.

"Cutler's goal was to make the house look like it fell out of the sky," co-listing agent Brook Havens says. The home was dubbed "Famous Tree" for the leafy view centered from the hallway windows.

"They gave him the platform of the land to build, and they let him design," Havens adds of the owners, who have chosen to move on to their next adventure. The home was used as a vacation getaway.

While modern design is unique for the area, the concept seamlessly blends in with the landscape. The rustic, handcrafted wood interior echoes the look of the landscape outside. The floor-to-ceiling glass allows the outdoors to dominate the views, offering plenty to look at from this perch.

As Cutler's website modestly notes, the building is but "a foil to reveal the environment." He adds that details included concrete walls "colored to match the shade of the exposed soils and the whole structure was kept low to keep it from being visible in the ten to 15-foot native flora."

The house lacks for nothing, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a light-filled office/gym, and a modern kitchen. Outside, there's a deck, a hot tub, a daybed, and views for days.

While the area is remote, it's just minutes from the town of Sisters, which offers groceries, shopping, and restaurants. And the agent estimates the home is about a 2.5-hour drive to Portland.

For buyers who appreciate the glories of nature and great design, this famous property might be worth climbing into.