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“Many peo­ple want a mod­estly sized home with a small gar­den — in a safe and se­cure com­mu­nity. The com­mu­nity as­pect is ex­tremely im­por­tant.”

The Cot­tage Com­pany has gone on to de­liver a se­ries of site-spe­cific projects based on prin­ci­ples of com­pact, en­ergy ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able liv­ing in a com­mu­ni­ty­ori­ented set­ting.

And th­ese seven de­vel­op­ments — most re­cently the mid-sized Conover Com­mons Homes, in the bed­room (and high-tech) com­mu­nity of Red­mond, east of Seattle — have won a list of na­tional and re­gional awards.

Like oth­ers be­fore it, Chico Beach Cot­tages will fea­ture the Cot­tage Com­pany’s hall­mark gar­den-court­yard.

The pro­ject will also de­liver BuiltGreen (the goal is five-star sta­tus) and En­ergy Star cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The first homes are now un­der con­struc­tion on a beach­front site near the town of Sil­verdale at the north end of Dyes In­let.

“It’s ab­so­lutely the most beautiful piece of wa­ter­front,” says Pruitt, cit­ing views that in­clude in 4,392-me­tre Mount Rainier.

Th­ese two-and three­bed­room wood-frame houses range be­tween 1,402 and 2,011 square-feet, some with a unique third-storey loft tower.

De­signed by Seattle area ar­chi­tect Charles Wen­zlau they also fea­ture gen­er­ous glaz­ing to max­i­mize the use of nat­u­ral light.

The de­signs, each with a main-floor mas­ter bed­room, will fa­cil­i­tate sin­gle-level liv­ing.

The homes in­clude high­end en­ergy-sav­ings ap­pli­ances. And while still in the pre­sale stage, buy­ers can choose among in­te­rior fin­ishes. So­lar hot wa­ter and pho­to­voltaic pan­els are also an op­tion. The houses start at $549,000 US. Rentals are not per­mit­ted.

The prop­erty will in­clude a com­mon build­ing, firepit with seat­ing, gar­den and gazebo.

Sil­verdale, a his­toric farm­ing and log­ging cen­tre, is one of the at­trac­tive towns on the Olympic Penin­sula Loop, a 320-kilome­tre drive through rain forests and wa­ter­front com­mu­ni­ties, and tak­ing in the Hood Canal.

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