Over built. Under priced. Was $750,000. Now $550,000.

PO Box 425
Bridgeport, WA 98813
United States


From the Quad City Herald October 2009

Eco-friendly house comes home to Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT - With the current state of the economy, not many people are building homes in the Quad Cities area, but Scott and Kathy Wright recently put the finishing touches on an energy-efficient home on the banks of the Columbia River in Bridgeport.

The Wrights used cutting edge technology to keep their home’s carbon footprint down while blending in with the natural settings of the legendary flour tower estate.

“When I saw this place for sale I couldn’t think of any other place I would rather be,” said Scott Wright of Bridgeport. “I built the house with the lines of the old mill in my mind.”

The flour tower is former flour and lumber mill that once served paddles wheelers with wheat, flour and fruit. Restoring the structure is next on the Wright’s list, but on Saturday, Sept. 26, the couple opened the door to their home to guests from all over Washington.

“This house is amazing,” said Joy Lewis of Bridgeport. “It’s one of a kind. There’s no other place this impressive in Bridgeport.”

The house which is built with cement board and galvanized metal, delivers a solid and impressive list of features from top to bottom beginning with the open floor plan, which was designed to maximize ventilation and the use of natural light. While the metal roof is reflecting the sun to reduce heat, the spray-foam insulation made from recycled plastic material is working from within to provide better energy efficiency throughout.

Guests wandered through the home impressed and surprised by the elevator ride they shared with a colorfully dressed mannequin and inspired by the views of the river and the poplar trees rising from the other side of Bridgeport.

“It’s easy to imagine the steamboats that used to come along here,” said Scott Wright. “After living in big cities I feel so comfortable and at home living here.”

The basement of the home has two bedrooms, each with its own bath and a recreation room that has a large garage-type door window that opens to the river view. Because carpet tends to harbor dust and is not very energy efficient, the Wrights prefer the concrete slab, which at first glance looks to be cold, but underneath the floors are insulated with six inches of foam and heated pipes. Match that with onyx countertops, recessed lighting and many other coveted features and you have an elegant, earth-friendly home that truly is as practical as it is beautiful. The master bedroom takes in the captivating views from the elevated bed to the spa tub.

“This property used to be an unofficial dump,” Wright said. “I think I’ve done a pretty good job turning that around.”

The living room opens into the dining and kitchen area where party-goers nibbled on appetizers and pondered some of the more eclectic decorations such as barstools made of saddles and colorful chandeliers that the couple had collected over the years.

“It’s amazing, you can’t beat the view,” said Bev Sandbak of Yelm. “It’s like you’re on permanent vacation living in a house like this.”

Over built. Under priced. Was $750,000. Now $550,000.
Over built, under priced, custom built home whose profile mimics the century old grain elevator next door. Low maintenance, 21st century thermal engineering beyond green. Built in 2009. Six derriere kitchen, six foot stainless steel sink, six burner dual oven chef’s stove, separate prep sink, 62 cubic foot all stainless steel six door commercial refrigerator freezer. A garage door operated window that brings glass walled patio overlooking the Columbia River into the living dining room which features black walnut, knotty hickory floors laid in log cabin fashion, that also match cabinets throughout. There is a utility room on the main and second floors.

Three large bedroom (could be five) which general bath. Master bedroom has a private partially enclosed covered patio. His and hers master bath that has Jacuzzi hot tub, separate large glass shower, designed for dual occupancy, dual shower heads, tiled seating, steam sauna and music. Sinks are granite with fossilized sea creatures from the Moroccan Desert. Some are green onyx carved out of stalagmites from Pakistan.

There is also an elevator that services all three floors. A generous recreation room, and a possible boat dock.

The custom home has been featured in several flattering publications.

This unique home is a five minute walk to down town Bridgeport, Washington’s markets, city hall, sheriff’s office, post office, medical facilities, etc.

Asking $550,000. Possible owner flexible financing. Call for additional details, 602-625-5376.
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