In 2001, a group of friends first got together in a living room in North Portland and talked about what it would be like to have a shared housing situation where everyone had his or her own space but access to common outdoor and indoor spaces and amenities. We wanted the best of community living: impromptu fun, low-environmental impact, and shared resources, combined with the advantages of privacy and individual homeownership.
Eli Spevak and Jim Labbe never let go of the idea, and in January 2003 they purchased Peninsula Park Commons, a 7-unit courtyard apartment building located in the heart of the Piedmont Neighborhood and across the street from Peninsula Park, Portland’s original rose garden. Amy Stork joined this core group, and in the summer of 2004 they converted the property to 6 condominiums and one common unit. In 2008, they constructed 3 more condominiums and new shared common spaces. For more details on the development process, check out www.orangesplot.net.