|Olsen Home - 2013 Tour of Homes|
Walkability isn't at all a draw of the neighborhoods nor a feature of the homes.
The most notable exception, as it was last year, is the home by Olsen Design & Development, Inc. Situated on a corner lot, it has a wrap-around front porch and a mother-in-law apartment in back over the garage.
It takes its styling cues from the craftsmany homes of the streetcar era. It's still maybe a little over-sized and blocky, so I'm not sure it's really lovely - but the emphasis clearly is on a house in a walkable neighborhood or one that should become walkable. It implies a situation where you make a trip by car once a week for the big grocery run, but the other days you walk instead for that last cup of flour and the other odds-and-ends to fill out the pantry. Not car-free, but lower-car.
Interestingly, the home in Dallas also deemphasizes the garage and makes a generous porch the focal point of the front elevation. (What's going on in these outer communities!)
In Salem? It's all about the garage, the modern hearth.
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