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Currently under construction in downtown Lake Oswego, Frances will be an artistic community-centric penthouse option offering breathtaking views of the Willamette River and Mt. Hood.

Frances Penthouses break ground offering upscale, luxury living in downtown Lake Oswego.

What happens when forward-thinking developers, a skillful architect, artistic designers, and inspired brokers work on a project?

Frances penthouses, a luxury condominium community is what happens. When completed at the end of 2022, residents will see why Terry Sprague is passionate about the first all-penthouse development in Lake Oswego.

HOW IT STARTED

Principal Broker Terry Sprague with LUXE/Forbes Global PropertiesArchitect Gary Reddick with Otak Developer Andrew Clarke with Hugh Development & Hugh Construction Terry: Listen to their story, it's remarkable. Most people think a penthouse is only a unit on the top of a building, but, if a space fulfills the requirements of special aspects, it is considered a penthouse and Frances is a penthouse community with 16 luxury homes.

Gary: It was a coincidence of vision and style that I sensed from Andrew the moment I met him. It's rare, I've been doing this a long time and when you find someone you are that much in harmony with, you make each other reach farther, it's an exciting place to be.

Andrew: We chose each other after a series of conversations, and we clicked from a vision standpoint. Currently, we are working on Frances, but also three other projects in Oregon and Washington. We've taken an underutilized piece of property and brought residences into the neighborhood in a thoughtful way. I'm proud of being able to curate a spectacular team of designers, sales and marketing experts, lenders and brokers. I'm equally proud of how we brought this experience together.

Gary: Some of our very first meetings as a team, with Andrew, Mark Vuong, and the other developers, talked about the level of style and quality they wanted to reach for. Together with Senior Designer Ron Dean, we designed Frances with a modern Arts and Craft look, as well as an artful interpretation of the theme. The City of Lake Oswego design review commission immediately passed the design unanimously. I believe in what the city is trying to do - they want a collective feel for the village of Lake Oswego and a building to fit with the urban fabric

Terry: The materials are off the map. We have reservations already and if I had my own way, I would wait until this building was completed to sell it because of its beauty and quality. Customers are buying conceptually now, and in the luxury marketplace you'll typically only see this level of finished work in custom, high-end homes. If I was comparing Frances to a new residential construction, that property would have to start out at least $3-4 million. These will feel underpriced a year from now.

Frances Penthouse living

Frances Penthouse master bath

WHAT RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT

The 2,000+square-foot floor plans of the 16-unit penthouse community are uniquely designed, creating a personalized feel. Each unit will feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a powder room. The exquisitely designed kitchens will include a book-matched counter to ceiling or full height statuary marble backsplash, customized flush inset cabinets, quartz countertops and a sculptural fluted kitchen island. All equipped with only the finest appliances including two Bosch dishwashers per residence, SubZero Pro Series refrigerators and Wolf gas ranges.

Other high-end amenities at Frances include breathtaking views of the Willamette River and Mt. Hood, and expansive private terraces. Residents of the community will enjoy the use of deluxe spaces including a stunning rooftop terrace, an upscale clubhouse, an expansive lobby, a guest suite, and an art-infused courtyard.

Managing Broker Marty Wells with LUXE/Forbes Global
Marty: It's a curated building - the engineering is spectacular. Community is a big deal here in Lake Oswego. Frances is a self-contained community and it's designed to feel this way. As soon as someone walks into the lobby, we want them to feel like they are home.

Gary: The lobby is unlike any lobby you will ever see. It was intended as a large gallery experience and certain times of the year will be open to the public to listen to a musical experience or book reading. I'm standing looking at a beautiful piece of construction. Everything we needed to do from an engineering and design standpoint right now is all on view.

Andrew: It was our goal to infuse art into every element of Frances, which was named for my mother. Our Art Director, Liz Contag, sourced artists from all over the world to provide everything from sculptured art to curb appeal art, like the garage door. From the moment you walk into the entrance you will see carefully selected art pieces. We weave them throughout the Frances, it was an integral part of the project and one we all agreed upon.

Terry: Andrew has made sure this project represents the community and has been part of shaping a positive vision. He took the time to find out the needs of the Lake Oswego community. The easiest thing would be to build townhouses, but Hugh Development chose penthouses, a development style I only see in large cities. The fact a developer budgeted for art on this as an extension of the theme of the city is remarkable. I rarely see a designer, like Liz, who has an imagination to put this level of thought into a project. This is the Bentley of living and lifestyle. It is needed in Lake Oswego where I see younger millennials moving back home. Or maybe they are looking for a better school system in an urban environment and they live active lifestyles - it's a vacation where you live destination. It's also for people moving to warmer climates but are anchored in Lake Oswego with friends and family, and they need a home to lock and go.

Interior Designer Elizabeth Raftopoulos with Taylorson Design Elizabeth: Simply put, my intention was to create a collection of bespoke penthouses, individually crafted to create a very customized feel. The units are uniquely designed with a thoughtfully curated selection of materials, finished and carefully selected details in accommodating and luxurious spaces.

Gary: If there is one word to describe this project, it's art. It's in every element of the building. How important is it? All the focus of each meeting, from the beginning, was how artful could we make the whole project, it is the theme we continue to come back to - it binds us. The construction, and the quality of construction is excellent. I've seen a thousand projects and Frances is quite extraordinary.

Frances Penthouse kitchen

Frances Penthouse living room

Frances Penthouses south facing view.

DISCOVER FRANCES

Located at 21 D Avenue in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, only a few miles east of Interstate 5 and Highway 217 and just off Highway 43, the property offers an easy commute to downtown Portland, nearby employment, and some of the best schools in Oregon. The walkability to a bounty of high-end stores, boutiques, athletic facilities, restaurants, Tryon Sate Park, and a celebrated farmers' market significantly contributes to the appeal of Frances.

Interested in learning more about Frances?

Contact Terry Sprague at 971-808-9618.

www.franceslakeoswego.com

Part of the Frances team interviewing with reporter Shelley McFarland. The team from left to right includes: Gary Reddick, Andrew Clarke, Marty Wells and Terry Sprague.

ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW

Explaining the many benefits of living at the Frances Penthouses came about through an interview with Developer Andrew Clarke with Hugh Development & Hugh Construction; Architect Gary Reddick with Otak; Senior Designer Ron Dean with Otak; Interior Designer Elizabeth Raftopoulos with Taylorson Design; Liz Contag with Liz Contag Art; Principal Broker Terry Sprague with LUXE/Forbes Global Properties; and Managing Broker Marty Wells with LUXE/Forbes Global


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