6221 SE Ash St, Portland OR
Pending sale

In an episode of “Portlandia,” the satirical television series spoofing Oregon’s northern city, two characters purchase a durian fruit, which turns out to be an alien.

It’s a strange plotline, but in true “Portlandia” form it turns even stranger when the durian alien returns to its home — using the characters’ modern house as a spaceship.

While a piece of fruit jetting off to space may be an imaginary stretch for most people, imagining the episode’s Portland home as a spaceship is not quite as out there.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein examine the durien fruit in the kitchen of the Portland home. Source: YouTube

As far as houses go, the Portland home does have a few futuristic characteristics: rounded windows, steel beams and modular walls.

Coined the “Eyebrow House” for the curve dominating its roof line, the home was originally built as a typical 1941 bungalow.

“The owners took the home down to the studs and completely remodeled it,” explained listing agent Joel Hamley. “It’s a unique and intriguing home.”

Inside, the home is a bright contrast to the gray days of the Pacific Northwest. White walls, high ceilings and an open floor plan surround a rounded built-in bookcase serving as the home’s centerpiece. An enclosed porch holds an eating and sitting area off the kitchen.

Upstairs, 2 bedrooms nestle under the eyebrow’s steel beams, achieving the industrial feel the homeowners wanted, says Hamley. Even the factory inspection stickers remain on the beams, adding to the look.

Beyond “Portlandia” the home has been featured in a number of publications, including ReadyMade magazine and Portland Monthly.

Homeowners Edgar Papazian and Michelle Lenzi explained to ReadyMade that they wanted to “do something fun.”

“It’s a completely different feeling to be in a curved space than in a rectilinear space,” Papazian said. “I’m a curvy guy in a rectilinear world.”

Despite their love for their custom home, the couple are ready to move back to their East Coast home, giving someone else — perhaps an alien fruit — a chance to own the modern structure.






About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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