Bold stone-veneer columns draw eyes to the Hood River’s lofty entry

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Built on a down slope to the rear, the Hood River is really much larger than it looks, thanks to a large daylight basement.

Its low-pitched hipped roof and widely overhanging eaves clearly mark it as a Prairie-style home. Frank Lloyd Wright originated the style in Chicago in the early 1900s.

High ceilings overarch the living spaces, from the entry right through the center to the rear. Entry and foyer ceilings are 13 feet high, while the vaulted ceiling in the expansive great room soars to even greater heights. Stacked windows, angling up to a low-pitched central peak, fill most of the rear wall. Flames in the gas fireplace on the right can be enjoyed at a moment’s notice.

Only a drop in ceiling height indicates the transition between the great room and the kitchen and dining area. A curved work island/eating bar anchors the kitchen’s center. Counters, cabinets and appliances span walls on two sides. Sliding glass doors open onto a covered deck.

A passageway off of the great room leads into a short hallway. The owners’ suite is at one end, storage and a utility room at the other. In the owners’ suite, the roomy walk-in closet is reached via the two-section bathroom.

The den just inside the Hood River’s front door is in an ideal location for a home office. A few steps further through the foyer is a set of stairs that lead you down to the daylight basement. At the bottom of the stairs, you find yourself in a large family room, where natural light streams in through wide windows at the rear, and sliding glass doors open onto a covered patio. Two bedrooms and a bathroom are down the hall.

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