We are thrilled to be featured in Marie Claire‘s January 2017 issue, where Kiera Carter, writes about all the thoughts that go through a person’s head when they are considering moving to a more sustainable community. Carter wonders whether sustainable communities will have a “potentially creepy commune vibe,” and asks the question, “Can an office-going, lipstick-wearing woman actually fit in?” Our residents come from all walks of life, and they work for the city, the hospital, a university, and some are retired while others are starting families. Some residents come as experienced gardeners wanting to participate 110% in the community garden, while others like to merely enjoy seeing how the gardens are growing. Some residents are on the board of the Sustainable Learning Center, a non-profit that runs here, while others are content taking a walk with their dog down the tree-lined paths to the creek. The point is, you get to choose your level of involvement in the community, to choose your own adventure.
Carter writes about this quandary on whether to leave the big city for “greener pastures”. One of the things that make Pringle Creek Community so wonderful is that we are actually located in the city and only three miles from the downtown. So, you don’t need to think about facing a big commute to have the the things you like in a city like the restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or perhaps taking in a show at the theater or going to see a gallery opening. You’ve got the best of both worlds. A feeling of being connected with nature, but the ability to have easy access to the city. Is this a Paradise Found? We may not have the tree houses like the ones in Costa Rica, but we think of our community as an urban oasis in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
We’ve got historic buildings, like Painters Hall. The very first LEED Platinum community building in the nation. We also have other commercial buildings like the Root Cellar, which has the potential of looking like a European tavern or bakery with beautiful exposed brick walls. Next to the Root Cellar, there is also a Carpentry building with epic windows that let in light to a space that could be breathtaking with the right vision. The Glass Houses are a part of the of our urban farm, and also provides healthy and fresh food for residents and the community through a CSA. It expands out into the 12 acres of green space with apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards. Did we mention that last season we almost had two many blueberries for residents to eat this year? It’s absolutely glorious during berry picking season, and fun to see what residents make from all of the fresh and delicious produce. On a hot day, it’s also fun to pick the berries, and then choose a bench by the creek to sit and relax in the shade. During the winter season, the creek begins to go full force from the rain and snow fall. At Pringle Creek Community, you feel more connected to nature, because you get to witness the changing of the seasons plants and animals that reside here. From blue herons to blueberries, there is a lot of natural beauty to behold.
This is not to mention the wonderful array of homes we have in our community. Some residents live in sweet 1-level cottages, while others may choose a larger home with two-levels, or perhaps even draw inspiration from a yurt structure. How residents have chosen to customize their homes is truly intriguing, each family with their own taste and personality adds to our community. Homes are all LEED certified, and this means we take into careful consideration the environmental impact when choosing materials and systems for Pringle Creek while building these homes. We’d like to leave the planet better than we found it, and making our homes the most energy efficient and from healthy and renewable materials is just one way of demonstrating this philosophy.
For more people like Carter, the question of whether to move to a sustainable community or not is still an unanswered one. If that is the case, we encourage you to come visit our community, and see for yourself.