VILLAGE GREEN HOMES OVERVIEW
Village Green Homes, Portland’s first developer of LEED PLATINUM Single Family Home in Portland and Tigard Subdivisions, is building a number of “Gen-Mix,” old fashioned communities for all ages and stages. All units will be Craftsman-style, LEED Platinum with a standard Reed Green package including Geo Thermal, rainwater harvesting, Green Screen energy usage feedback system, and high performance building practices.
Village Green Homes is passionate about creating eco-villages that support the environment, diversity, connectivity, density and open green areas that integrate the Common Green design.
The company’s first project is Blueberry Lane, a 13,000 sf. high density infill parcel of five Craftsman-style homes surrounding a 2250 sf. Common Green. This project supports the historic look and feel of the Eliot neighborhood. With private entry lower level “Boomerang Suites”, these are designed for extended families and friends who seek creative and sustainable community living. As our population becomes more diverse, this model will serve their needs.
While many developers are building condominium row houses for higher density, these often gentrify older neighborhoods instead of preserving their diversity. Blueberry Lane aligns with the mission of Portland by encouraging diversity, environmental awareness and sustainability. Homes that synchronize with nature not only save energy, but reward people both physically and visually. Edible landscaping and common walkways foster openness and community involvement.
Five open floor plan homes range from 2,000 to 3,000 sf. with 4-6 bedrooms and 4.5 to 6.5 bathrooms. Each bedroom has a bathroom to accommodate extended family living. Homes also include large dormers with attic views, double balconies, large overhangs, tucked under garages with rear access and green features throughout. Pricing is from mid-500’s.
The Common Green space, a pedestrian-only focal point for the residents, eliminates the asphalt “Heat Island Effect” and encourages active involvement with the community’s natural cityscapes and organic garden. Balconies overlook the Green, creating a natural community.
This hot urban pocket, one-half block from public transportation, will serve the needs of environmentally conscious families seeking close in, close knit, close to zero impact homes within a sustainable community.
Future residents will be encouraged to co-create a living laboratory of sustainable living practices. They could eventually serve as green ambassadors to similar communities on how to “live their talk” and help change the way we live.
The next LEED Platinum project for Village Green homes is a three acre “gen mix” subdivision in Tigard, combining Elite Care housing for elders, with paired townhomes and single family homes around two Village Greens, just minutes away from downtown Tigard.
Developer Bill Reed, CEO of R & R Energy Resource, has built over 120 sustainable homes and plexes over 15 years. He and his wife, Lydia Lundberg, won the Governor’s Livability award in 2000 for the Standard Dairy in NE Portland (www.stdairy.com) His most recent sustainable community is Elite Care at Fanno Creek in Tigard, a two house model for elder care based on their Oatfield Estates model for Extended Family Residences, in Milwaukee, OR. (www.elitecare.com.)
Partnering with Reed is his wife Lydia in the development is Lily Lilly, who brings her experience in sustainable design, green materials and LEED documentation, as well as real estate development and branding. Blueberry Lane is 80% complete and will be ready for occupancy this October, 2008.