Within my spiritual community there has been a decades long dialogue concerning the wish to share more deeply the kind of support we provide for each other – living in an intentional community. There has been much discussion around new development and housing, converting homes and apartment buildings with community spaces or just purchasing independently Real Estate together on the same street in a village. For a time there was a contingent that wanted to purchase Luxury RV Mobile Trailers and winter in AZ and caravan together across the country during summer visiting all our affiliated church groups.
I recently visited two cottage communities in very different locations within the Portland Metro and in a Rural City near Bingham. Both were Cottage Home Communities designed by Ross Chapin Architects and developed by local developers and builders. click to see Salish Pond Cottage for sale
As you might expect the folks I introduced myself to at the adorable Salish Pond Cottages were very warm and friendly. I felt right at home in this 7 acre, (10) pocket Cottage community hidden in the middle of pristine wetlands, encircling a rather large fishing pond and a walk/bike to nearby Fairview Center shops.. The self appointed community host and her two cats proudly showed me their adorable community center cottage with antique décor sitting right on glimmering Salish Pond with a treasured annual Canadian goose family in residence.
Most of the (10) homes at Salish Pond offer a vaulted great room living space concept with a master on the main and extra loft space for guests and office space with square feet ranging from 900 to 1300 square feet. Values are between $191-270,000 , days on market (DOM) 84 days and average price of 220k. As I scanned over the pond, Mt Hood poked its head up and marked the direction of my next destination down into my favorite place in Oregon the Gorge.
45 minutes later I strolled into Wyers End sitting a block below the main Artists Village in White Salmon on the top of a magnificent bluff overlooking the Columbia, Hood River framed by a massive Mt Hood. Neighbors were sitting on their front porches and I introduced myself to a resident working in her manicured front yard who was a N.Carolina transplant. We chatted and she kindly guided me to her sister-in-law who was the neighborhood expert, local Realtor, to my surprise past associate of mine in Portland. They had moved up from living in the Pearl to enjoy the quiet mountain spaces, friends in the local community and unique amenities of both White Salmon and Hood River . click to see wyers end cottage for sale
This Cute (19) Cottage enclave has a triangular shape with (9) cottages uniquely placed amidst brilliant meandering gravel paths with low railing fences creating independent yards and yet a shared open homogeneous feeling. The (19) cottages all work around a great room concept with small functional country kitchen and many vintage touches and features. They range in size from 650-1500 sqft valued from $370,00 to $205,000.
I finished the day just down hwy 14 at my favoritest (short loop) 2 hr mtn top Wind Mtn. With one of the best views down both ends of the gorge perched on the rocky talus top beside sacred Native American vision quest sites and overlooking the wind river as it disappears into the hills at my last stop Carson Hot Springs for my own hot bath and wrap vision quest.
In my own search for the perfect community setting, I found both Salish Pond and Wylers well designed in locations of great beauty and high rated walkability. It was very interesting, the planners of both these cottage communities stopped short of incorporating a human element in the Core development concept. I suppose one could sucessfully bring that component with them by convincing close friends to purchase in mass.