On a lot at 4262 SE Belmont, formerly occupied by a popular food cart pod, we are building a four-story contemporary condominium. The skin features a timeless “shingle look,” which echoes the finish on many of the century homes in the neighborhood.
Our goal was to be close to downtown, as most of us are city dwellers who enjoy the jewels of the city and the energy of urban living. Compared to the nearby Hawthorne and Belmont entertainment districts, the neighborhood is relatively calm and stable. We’re close to the action, but not in the middle of it.
In our later years, being able to get to places on foot is extremely important. This site is one of the most walkable, transit-accessible locations in Portland. The TriMet #15 bus stops out front. It is just off a major designated bikeway. It is walkable to Laurelhurst and Mt. Tabor parks, the SE Hawthorne entertainment district, New Seasons grocery, restaurants and theaters, etc. And it’s just a few blocks from the Belmont business district featuring the annual Belmont Street Fair.
Our cohousing community will occupy a four-story concrete and light steel building with an interior courtyard and rooftop deck. Served by elevator, each floor will contain a mix of living units with large common spaces for group activities on the first two floors. The building is U-shaped to allow units to look into a central courtyard and the “Great House.”
One floor houses a large community space complete with commercial kitchen and dining areas, opening out onto a garden and patio for barbecues and casual dining (and maybe even a dance or two).
On the first floor, at the street entry, are an elevator lobby, office, mailboxes, library and lounge area, a dedicated media and music room, multipurpose room for exercise equipment and crafts, a workshop and a bike room. Guest rooms will accommodate overnight visitors and perhaps, in the future, caregivers. Off-street parking for 24 cars is included on the first floor.
Design of the individual units has been a collaboration between our core cohousing group and our selected architect, W.PA. All of our 27 units will be individual, private condominiums with full kitchens. Their size and floor plans vary, including one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Nearby businesses and amenities include Horse Brass English Pub, Slappy Cakes restaurant, Fukami Sushiya; the Belmont Library and Powell’s Books eastside; New Seasons and Fred Meyer grocery stores; many restaurants, and the Bagdad Theater – to name just a few. Two of Portland’s finest parks are within walking distance – Laurelhurst Park and Mt. Tabor Park (an extinct volcano!).