The Crown Jewel of NW Mid-Century Architecture

- BUILT IN 1953 -

John Yeon’s Swan House:  A beloved mid-century masterpiece nestled perfectly into a 4-acre site of beautifully manicured gardens and Doug Fir forest. This iconic Portland home is rich in history, yet meticulously maintained and carefully restored to satisfy today’s modern style of living. Thoughtful spaces, exquisite detailing and intentional design blend together to create an intangible experience which defies words. Functionality and practical design applications were not overlooked and the current owner has taken measures to respectfully modernize this home by updating systems, and enhancing features that were already there. Walls of glass frame the surrounding landscape like living canvases. The Swan house is a magnificent blend of art, architecture and nature, which both inspires and comforts its guests.  This tranquil, retreat-like home is ideally located only a few minutes from Portland’s city center.

  • Approximately 4,300 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath outdoor kitchen
  • Approximately 4 acres
  • Family Room
  • Game Room
  • Theater with wet bar & 7.1 surround sound
  • 2 car Garage with artist studio
  • Outdoor kitchen & dining area
  • Sport Court
  • Extensive landscaping 
  • New custom driveway
  • Full House Surround
  • All updated systems : plumbing, Electric, Roof, HVAC


Elegant, sophisticated and inspiring with no lack of detail. John Yeon’s design clearly articulates the relationship between indoors and out. Purposeful spaces evoke a sense of calm and peacefulness.

Integral to Yeon’s design style, landscape, nature and site plan are as important as the architecture itself. Rolling green lawn, hardscaping, manicured plant life, trees and extensive Japanese Zen gardens welcome guests and set the stage for what’s to come indoors. Walking trails meander through 3.95  acres of Doug Fir forest and lead you to a Japanese tea hut.

John Yeon is an enemy of what he calls “easy architecture”. The casual form of his houses, the clustering of roofs and relaxed interiors—all these are completely deceptive. For here is some of the most carefully studied, most precisely controlled architecture to be found in the US. Nothing has been left to chance—yet the final impression is unaffected and sometimes almost offhand.

The happy life if the final goal—not the monument to architectural genius. Yet there is no lack of “stylishness,” or of formality where you want it. There is no lack of orderliness, no absence of fine detail. Few architects can match Yeon’s preoccupation with elegance. His houses are no “cottages,” nailed together in hit-or-miss fashion. They are buildings of importance. He has worked so hard on each of them that he has found time, on average, to build only one a year.
— April 1954 edition of Home & Garden Magazine

Kitchen & Lounge

Custom designed for the serious chef, no important detail has been overlooked in this kitchen. Sub‐zero & Viking professional grade appliances, endless prep space  and ample storage blend together to create a sensational culinary experience.  A casual lounge area brings everyone together in a comfortable, relaxing space. A service room with additional storage and prep space leads you to the outdoor kitchen  and dining area.


Master Suite

Elegant and sophisticated, the master bedroom suite is situated in a way that feels completely private while completely bringing the outdoors in through expansive windows & skylights.  A luxurious bathroom, sitting area and spacious walk in closet complete the package. Custom wenge built-ins surround the warm fireplace and library.


Theater and Bar Lounge

One of the recent modern enhancements to the Swan house is the professional theater, wet bar and bar lounge. Acoustic paneling, 7.1 surround sound and a cozy lounge create a media experience like no other.

Upstairs Retreat

Downstairs Family Room

Bedroom on Main


Bathroom on Main