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A House Built for 2 (2 Bicycles)

I want to hate these people. I really do. But as someone who is currently in the emotional vortex of the home buying process, I more envy their ability to build a house from scratch to suit their needs. And let’s face it, if we were all One Percenting bike enthusiasts, this is the kind of house we would build for ourselves as well.

Avid cyclists and professional racers, Tim and Sue Butler designed and built this house in Portland Oregon to suit their cycling needs, which are both many and extravagant. The house contains an almost full-service bike shop for their combined 22 bikes, a hot water station, (stationary) sauna and repair space. That’s all really just the tip of the bikeberg though.

It seems quite absurd in one regard, but the barely-scraping-by cyclist in me finds it quite dreamy too. So to you Mr. and Mrs. Butler, I must tip my helmet to your decision to install a 3 room bike garage instead of a gold toilet. At least you have your priorities straight.

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8 Comments

  1. Pink RobeJanuary 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I thought I recognized that house: http://www.contemporist.com/2009/11/10/the-butler-residence-by-path-architecture/

  2. Erik StonehamJanuary 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I agree, priorities are in line. Good for them.

  3. mathbachJanuary 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

    that would be fine if she hadn’t solicited other cyclists to help pay for her trip to worlds…
    http://oregon.cyclingaction.com/2011/help-send-portland’s-sue-butler-to-cyclocross-worlds/

  4. DougJanuary 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I lived in the TED house (http://greensource.construction.com/news/2009/090401GreenHome.asp) with my friends (who happen to own Mello Velo Bicycles in Syracuse) and our 22 bicycles. The house was new & design-ey, architecturally interesting, and it cost less than $100,000. We kept our bikes, all 22 of them, on hooks in the basement.

  5. anonJanuary 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    man, i want to hate them too but they’re really nice folks. wouldn’t have guessed them for the 1.5 mil custom house set but talk about a righteous pad…

  6. T.S.January 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    the problem is people with 1milion dollar homes aren’t even near the 1% its the people with 10 of these homes that are scary….

  7. Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for January 3rd « Texbiker.netJanuary 4, 2012 at 1:03 am

    [...] A House Built for 2 (2 Bicycles) urbanvelo.org I want to hate these people. I really do. But as someone who is currently in the emotional vortex of the home buying process, I more envy their ability to build a house from scratch to suit their needs. And let’s face it, if we were all One Percenting bike enthusiasts, this is the kind of house we would build for ourselves as well. [...]

  8. inthenoJanuary 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Feel free to hate these people. The Butlers, while pulling in the kind of income needed to build and pay for a 7-figure home, had a fund raiser to finance Sue’s trip to World ‘cross championships and take advantage of local bike shops, haggling them down to a zero-margin on every one of their 22 bikes.

    Meanwhile, somewhere, a collegiate racer starves and pays retail for his tubulars.

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