For 20 years or so, prospective buyers tried to buy the vacant, derelict house at 2343 NW Irving St. It was no turnkey affair, but its fully intact turret and distinctive features stamped it as the design of Edgar Lazarus, a leading early Portland architect.
Those who asked neighbors about the possible availability of the house learned that the owner was a reclusive Lake Oswego man who ignored attempts to reach him.
Jean Rychlik, the managing broker at Summa Real Estate Associates on Northeast Sandy Boulevard, went further. Last summer she knocked on his door and found him ready to sell.
That’s the sterilized version of the story.
To put myself in her shoes, I took the gently curving, shaded Goodall Road near Lake Oswego High School, passing homes that could be called mansions. ▶