D.R. Horton bets on micro-house trend
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Division 43, a micro-home community by D.R. Horton, will be built in Southeast Portland
A green building trend that espouses the small-is-beautiful aesthetic sparked one of Oregon's largest residential builders, D.R. Horton, to break ground last week on a 29-unit micro-home community on a small lot in Southeast Portland.
The development is billed as a "neighborhood within a neighborhood," aimed at consumers who embrace a car-free lifestyle and like the notion of tending a community garden in partnership with their neighbors. The entirety of Division 43, so named for its location at the corner of S.E. Division St. and 43rd, will be built on a 15,000 square-foot lot.
With price points in the neighborhood of $100,000 for the smallest units, the homes are designed to make eco-friendly building affordable.
And ranging in size from 364 square-feet to 687 square-feet, they earn their micro moniker. Each unit will include built-in storage throughout, efficient floor designs and private outside space. Murphy beds, which fold up into a cabinet, will also be on offer to buyers. The community will comprise three single-family homes, three duplexes and five four-plexes.
D.R. Horton declined to comment about the project as it is still in a preliminary stage.
Micro structures are often built as accessory dwelling units — second small housing units built on residential lots. New regulations passed in Portland last year relaxed restrictions on building such units.
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