On the Market: One-level ranch in Westport offers comfort, convenience

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is home to the tallest known species of ponderosa pine tree, which, according to the United States Department of Agriculture website, can rival giant redwoods in height. Near Grants Pass in southwestern Oregon, "the world's tallest pine tree of any species" grows in this forest. It was recently measured to be 268.3 feet, "nearly as high as a 30 story building," and it is surrounded by other ponderosa pines standing 250 feet tall, the USDA website says.

The gray ranch house at 3 Big Pines Road in Westport's Downtown North neighborhood can't compete with that height. After all, by design a ranch house is only one level. But what this house lacks in stature it more than makes up for in comfort, livability and convenience of location.