On a lot at 4262 SE Belmont St., formerly occupied by a popular food cart pod, we built a four-story contemporary condominium. The skin features a timeless shingle look, which echoes the finish on many of the century-old homes in the neighborhood.
Presently, all units have been purchased. We have a wait list for those who may be interested in a unit when it becomes available for resale.
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 districts, the neighborhood is relatively quiet yet still evolving. We’re close to the action, but not right 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 just down the street. Likewise, a designated north-south bikeway crosses the street just down the block. Within walking distance are Laurelhurst and Mt. Tabor parks, the SE Hawthorne entertainment district, New Seasons and Fred Meyer grocery stores, restaurants, theaters, shops, cafes and more. And we’re just a few blocks from the Belmont business district, which features the annual Belmont Street Fair.
Our cohousing community occupies a four-story concrete and light steel building with an interior courtyard and rooftop deck. Served by an elevator and stairs, the building includes a mix of living units and 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 adjoining the “Great House, a large meeting and dining space. It opens onto a courtyard for barbecues, casual dining, happy hours around the fire, and maybe even a dance or two.
On the first floor, at the street entry, we have an elevator lobby, office, mailboxes, library and lounge area, a media and music room, a multipurpose room for exercise equipment and crafts, a workshop, and bike and laundry rooms. Two guest rooms can accommodate visiting family and friends and perhaps, in the future, caregivers. Covered off-street parking for 24 cars is included on the first floor.
Design of the individual units was a collaboration between the core cohousing group and our architect, WPA. All of the 27 units are individual, private condominiums with full kitchens and bathrooms. Their size and floor plans vary, including one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Nearby businesses and amenities include the Horse Brass English Pub, Slappy Cakes restaurant, Russell Street Barbeque, a food cart pod across the street, yoga and pilates studios, a veterinarian, and more. Belmont Library and the eastside Powell’s Books are not far away.