The project site, currently known as The Hills of Depoe Bay, is located within a two-hour drive from the city of Portland, and 1.25 hours from the state capital of Salem. The cities of Newport and Lincoln City are immediately nearby, and the site itself is located within the city limits of Depoe Bay. Two small airports: Siletz State Airport and Newport Regional Airport bring valuable connectivity to the project location, and Depoe Bay along the Pacific Coast, boasts the best whale watching sites in the region. Lastly, several important local amenities serve future residents, including the Salishan Resort, the Siuslaw National Forest, and Fogarty Creek State Park.
The design team took cues from the local vernacular architecture, in particular, that of the neighborhoods surrounding Portland, which deals with steep terrain by employing a range of wide shallow lots with houses built near the property line. Staggered lots and hip roofs reduce skyline overcrowding, and open views to the surroundings.
The team designed a master plan for a residential neighborhood with a variety of housing types and a mixed-use center. The streets forge a well-connected picturesque network that follows the natural topography closely. Long blocks crossed by pedestrian paths minimize infrastructure cost, and a variety of building types respond to the topography of the site, while establishing a unique character for the neighborhood. The plan accommodates over 400 single-family and multi-family on 36 acres of private developable land. The remaining 45 acres have been allotted to commercial/mixed-use or open space.
Prominent sites with long views are reserved for civic and special function buildings. An event space with a prominent view to the Pacific is located at the crest of the entry road’s approach to the town center. The hill above the lake accommodates a building site reminiscent of a European hilltown church, and the highest point near the northeast corner supports a recreational clubhouse, which anchors the neighborhood and opens views to the south. The central plaza focuses on a view of the reservoir lake and its beach area. The lake, approximately 450 feet long, is generously sized and intended for stormwater catchment in addition to being a recreational amenity for the town.