We were truly impressed by Salish Ponds. What was once a gravel pit and dump is now a lively, close-knit community in suburban Portland. Ruth Mullen of the Oregonian wrote a great article that shows there is a market for small, well-built, and thoughtfully designed homes... even ones that cost twice as much as "conventional" construction.
Salish Ponds is a small neighborhood of small homes, built in a familiar 1920's cottage style. Each house is about 1200 square feet. There's only one garage per house, and it's located a short walk away. Mailboxes are grouped together to encourage a bit of interaction between neighbors, and it seems to work. One resident is quoted saying, "Here you're buying a lifestyle. It's not just real estate."
Cedar siding, real wood windows, wood floors, and lots of built-in custom cabinetry complement the homes graceful proportions. As the architect, Ross Chapin, says, "The social dimension of architecture is the critical part," but that's precisely the part developers leave out.
Lots more photos over at The Oregonian. Photos above by Marv Bondarowicz.