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A Community Home

By Katie Merritt, September 14, 2021

Louise, Andrew and Lauren do not stand on convention.

The home ownership model which classically limits occupants to one single family per address struck them odd. They knew three separate homes within their individual budgets would land each in “unhappy housing”, as in spaces that suffice, not thrill.  They also realized that three individual homes would collectively cost them buckets more than one single, substantial house.

So they set out to purchase a communal home. Together we scouted houses ample enough to meet the demands of friends, Louise and Andrew, for music and art space plus enough additional semi-private square footage to house  third pal Lauren as a rental for herself and her young son. It took the better part of the summer to locate one residence with the ideal balance of shared and individual space in a desirable location proximate to everyone’s daily destinations and… to find these elements within a home everyone genuinely liked. Come August, by gum, we found a NE Portland bungalow that checks all the boxes in fairly spectacular form. So…they scooped it up!

I recently read that the median US home price in 1960 was $11,900, the equivalent of $98,000 in today’s dollars. Hmmmm. Here in Portland we’re up against median home prices hovering around $600,000.*
Louise, Andrew, Lauren…I salute you!  You met an affordability conundrum with pluck, ingenuity and a laudable readiness to replace the “single family home” notion of yore with your own definitions of family and housing.
Honestly, I’m a smidge jealous of the fun I know you’ll have together. Congrats!


*Per 8/30/21 Altos Research Report, the median single family price in Portland was $599,900.

Katie Merritt



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