I have seen many foreclosed homes before, but the Dunthorpe home of Roger Pollock was noteworthy. Situated on the west bank of the Willamette River, Pollock had built his 19,000 square foot dream home. A housing developer indicted by a federal grand jury and jailed for bank fraud and making death threats, Pollock was the head of Buena Vista Homes. Many of the homes in Happy Valley that were built by Buena Vista ended up in foreclosure. His home had been the venue for lavish parties and Republican fundraisers, some with celebrities like Gene Simmons from the band KISS, and it’s doors had been open to the occasional convicted criminal as a house guest.
To recoup some of the $5 million loaned to him by Banner Bank, the contents of his home— beat poet literature, grandiose furnishings with faux Old World charm, exercise equipment, his child’s possessions— were liquidated at an estate sale. Released from jail with a GPS ankle bracelet, he now makes his home in San Diego.