D.R. Horton bets on micro-house trend

Division 43, a micro-home community by D.R. Horton, will be built in Southeast Portland

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-homes are common in parts of Asia (check out this one in Japan) but are cropping up more frequently in the United States as part of the green building movement.

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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