When Prairie View Homes broke ground on side-by-side townhomes on 25-foot-wide lots in Portland's Eastmoreland neighborhood last fall, to neighbors it might have looked like a familiar scene -- another pair of bland-looking, low-budget skinny houses squeezed into the space of one older home.
Now listed for $319,000 each, the completed three-bedroom, 2.5-bath townhomes at 4928 and 4932 S.E. Knapp St. tell a different story.
Tall and narrow yet graceful, the two-level homes feature traditional wood construction, with board-and-batten siding, a shed roof facing the street and cedar shades over recessed windows. The front door is set back from the street under a covered entry.
Renewable materials and energy-efficient features are used throughout the homes, and their southern orientation promotes passive solar collection, with dozens of windows streaming natural light into 1,516 square feet of living space.
"Look at this thing -- this is just the coolest house on a 25-by-100-foot lot in Portland," said Jack Wagnon, owner of Prairie View Homes. [Read Full Story]
Sunday, July 08, 2007
By Kara Cogswell, Oregonian