Tag: 8933 SE Pine

Another Duplicate House

UPDATED – Construction progress pictures added. Article originally posted October 21st, 2020.


The new three-level house, located at 285 SE 90th Ave, is an exact duplicate of one at 1430 NE 72nd Ave. That house is also under construction with a similar completion date. Scot Harger owns both Properties, and Thogerson Designs created the blueprints for the homes.

These twin homes are the second set currently under construction in Montavilla. Many home buyers expect originality in architecture found in Portland’s older neighborhoods. However, reused blueprints are not uncommon in the region. This practice started over a hundred years ago with house kits from Sears Modern Homes. These identical structures are just the modern version of a long-standing tradition, saving costs by reusing construction documents. With these houses spread across the neighborhood, it will be difficult for anyone to notice the replication.

The driveway to this new home slopes down to a tuck-under garage. Inside the garage, to the left, is a hallway leading to the stairway up to the main floor. Off the hallway is a door to the lower level living area. Rooms on this floor have labels such as a recreation room, wet bar, and bedroom five. However, this area is essentially a separate one-bedroom apartment, with a private full bathroom, washer/dryer, and exterior entrance.

The main floor is several feet above the street-level, requiring a flight of stairs to get up to the covered front porch. The porch extends two-thirds the width of the house, stopping at the garage door. Inside the front door, there is an L-shaped stairway leading upstairs. To the right is the Great Room with a fireplace on the south wall. In the back right corner of the room is a Dining area. Although it is not walled off, the Dining area has 6-inch by 6-inch posts defining the room’s corners. A box beam ceiling further defines the space. A substantial 10-foot wide sliding glass door opens from the Dining area onto a fourteen by ten foot raised back deck.

To the left of the Dining area is the Kitchen, arranged in an L shape. Creating the boundary to the Kitchen is a large island with bar seating. The half bathroom sits in the back right corner of the main floor. Enclosed by double glass doors, bedroom four is on the front left side of the main floor. It is ideal for a home office instead of a bedroom, but has a closet and counts towards bedrooms.

The top floor has two standard sized bedrooms on the left side. They share a full bathroom located at the top of the stairs. A laundry room is off to the right of the stairway. The master suite occupies the right half of the top floor. The bedroom portion is fourteen feet square and topped by a tray ceiling. Beyond the bedroom is a double vanity on one side and soaking tub on the other. The ensuite area extends back further to include a toilet room, shower, and a large walk-in closet.

Unlike its duplicate, this home fronts on an unimproved road. It will be interesting to see if the builder creates sidewalks and a partial road around this corner lot. If not, it will be a useful experiment seeing if the difference between paved and unpaved roads will affect the home’s price.


Square Corner Lot

A square corner lot will soon house a three story single family residence with an attached one car garage. The property uses both 8933 SE Pine Street and 285 SE 90th Ave as its address. 8933 SE Pine is still the official address on Portland Maps and the Building Permit record is filed under the main address. However, the permit number 2019-225477 is addressed 285 SE 90th Ave.

Early Assistance was originally sought in mid 2018 for a “New single family residence with tuck under garage.” Two month later the property sold for $35,000.00 to Scot Harger. Michael Vaughn of Urban Revival LLC is developing the property.

These two have partnered on another Montavilla property being built by Urban Revival LLC. Applications to build both properties were filed around the same time, however it is unknown if construction will occur simultaneously.

This lot is bordered by one unimproved gravel road, SE 90th, and a partially paved road. Both roadways have no curbs or clear definition between public and private space. SE Pine is a staggered intersection through SE 90th. A defined corner would be helpful for drivers and pedestrians. With that benefit to the area, it would be preferable for the developers to build the curb and sidewalks as part of this development, as opposed to paying the Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge (LTIC).

Both streets surrounding 285 SE 90th Ave, are LTIC eligible streets. LTIC is a program designed to encourage developers to build curbs and sidewalks, where they do not yet exist. If the developer does not want to build that infrastructure, they pay the LTIC fee. That will end up costing the developer $600 per linear foot of street frontage. Except there is a set LTIC Maximum for R5 properties, like this one. It limits the footage used in the calculated fee to 50 feet. This could encourage the builder to not take on the hard cost of building a curb and sidewalk but instead pay the capped fee.

Although paying into LTIC helps improve Portland in whole, spending that money on these two street specifically, would be a targeted improvement to the area. Any development in this part of Montavilla would be welcome by the residents. However, enhancing the shared infrastructure around the property could be a good way to ingratiate the project with the neighbors and ensure they see it as an positive addition.