For the third year Olsen Design has a home on the tour, and in one important way it's a big departure from the other houses and the rest of the development. In another way, it offers continuity, and shows an unattractive trade-off for one of the project's big ideas.
|It's got a great front porch! But it also has a driveway and garage|
|Flling in: From Leslie Middle School and across Pringle Creek|
But if you look at that image from across the creek, on the far left in a drab green is the house. It's actually quite huge.
|Built into the hill, from west, smaller windows for afternoon sun|
|Built into the hill, from east and optimized for morning sun|
At least that garage is on an alley. It looks out over the community garden (though like the one at Pringle Community, it's so big it will require a paid farmer/gardener) and over Pringle Creek and the Leslie ballfields. It's an understandable trade-off and design decision.
|Large garden with the house in background|
|From the interior sidewalks? Totally charming!|
(At Fairview, from 2017 Tour of Homes materials on Facebook)
|The houses along Pringle Road back onto the sidewalk|
|The houses are unbalanced in the rear|
These first houses are proof-of-concept and will essentially fund more interesting urban forms farther into the interior as the project is built out. Hopefully there are row houses, missing middle forms, and neighborhood commercial mixed-use forms yet to come. The project has to have a baseline of success in order to continue, and this trade-off in the very first phase for the big garage is understandable. The houses have to sell.
But it's a real loss that our autoism forces a little bit of a Potemkin effect.
For previous notes on Fairview Addition, including a lot of cheering and praise, see here. In many ways this is the most interesting project in Salem right now, especially as the other projects on the former institution are stalled, and we'll continue to follow it closely. It may be more-or-less luxury housing at the moment, but its success can alter the market more generally.