Oregon’s best-known baker, Ken Forkish, is selling a southwest Portland home with a bread oven
Oregon’s most famous baker, Ken Forkishwho founded Ken’s Artisan Bakery and Ken’s Artisan Pizzasells his southwest Portland home filled with features seen in French cafes: there’s a copper kitchen sink, dough-friendly marble countertops, and an authentic Le Panyol wood oven for fresh baguettes and croissants.
A coffee table, set up under the trees for a romantic rendezvous, rubs shoulders with planters bursting with culinary thyme, chives and other herbs.
Forkish, 63, is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author who wrote “Flour Salted Water Yeast” which became the best-selling baking book in the United States during the pandemic.
Since then, he has sold his bakery and restaurant to his employees, and in January he retired to his “happy place” Hawaii.
The asking price: $795,000.
If entertaining and dining are your passions, it’s here, says the listing agent Sarah Knight of Scout Realty Co.
“You can cook anything in the indoor wood-fired oven, even casseroles, and grill meat, fish and vegetables,” Knight said. “Ken had a large commercial version of this oven at Ken’s Artisan Pizza.”
The domed oven was made in Tain-l’Hermitage, south-eastern France, using special white clay from Larnage and a design perfected by the 182-year-old family business. Panyol business.
Most of his renovation efforts have been focused on the 22-foot-long kitchen and adjoining dining room, which have west-facing windows that catch streams of light, Knight said.
The floor plan offers several places to relax, eat, drink and relax on the main level, she added.
A reddish-brown banquette sits under a window near the rear kitchen door, and the living room has a sliding glass door and a wide window seat in which to sit, read or write.
Between the living room’s beamed ceilings and hardwood floors are built-in bookshelves by the white-mantled fireplace.
One of the three upstairs bedrooms has a bank of windows in front of a bench seat. The lower level has a one bedroom apartment with a private entrance. The three-level home has a living area of 2,896 square feet.
The landscape is dotted with harvestable rosemary and lavender. Another place to relax: in the hot tub or on the terrace.
The house on a 6,098-square-foot lot is hidden by trees and feels tucked away, Knight said, and yet you feel part of the community.
“People are cycling or walking their dogs on a path near the property,” she said. “And the patio has a private view of Mount Hood.”
— Janet Eastman with reporting by Michael Russell
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