Thursday, April 23, 2009

Village of North Clayton: The First Houses

The Village of North Clayton is under construction and enough is up to see what an exemplary developement this will be.

Here's a map showing the first part of the village, with some pix keyed in. We've seen the commercial "live/work" building. Next is the site planning around a little square or park, and a street scene.

Fountain Green actually has a fountain. And some nice landscaping features and a fence, akin to those squares in the west end of London or Gramercy Park in NYC. Nice benches, too. This is really top-notch.
Some of the houses facing the square. Right off one can tell we've left McMansionland behind as the houses are based on Dayton vernacular architectures, especially the four-square to the right.
Another vernacular houseform, the bungalow. One can tell there is a real porch on this house, and some attention to detail with the battered columns and stone base, similar to bungalows found in the Northridge area.
Note, too, how this house is somewhat close to the street vis a vis convention suburban development, and also closer to it's neighbors.

Another house, this time a revival style. The porportions here are excellent. Superb facade composition, and, as in the bungalow, the front porch has returned.

One has to appreciate the return of restraint and good taste in developer architecture here, compared to some of the aesthetic monstrosities of the recent past elsewhere in suburban Dayton. Whoever these builders are they have a good eye or good designers working for them.

The somewhat raw streetscape of a new development. In the distance, to the left, is a Spanish Revival style house, which is yet another reference to neighborhood style in Dayton as the Spanish Revival was somewhat popular here in the 1920s.
To the right, just behind the lamp post, is the curb cut for an alley. Alleys are another neo-traditional town planning feature. They permit garages to go in the rear, and open the possibility of small apartments over the garage.

In this case there are just garages, as one can see in this pix, showing the rears of the houses facing the square.
The development from a distance, with the commercial building and the small group of new houses.
As the village develops the forground will be filled with more mixed use buildings and screened parking.


Brian said...

Hey, this is all looking very interesting, actually I'm surprised it's gotten any legs to go but if it turns out anything like what the plan looks, that would be amazing.

The houses with the garages in the rear remind me of some of the newer suburbs in Madison, WI, which in essence are trying to mesh the older classic ones (which are still very expensive to live in, in Madison) and some newer options, which I think is a great way to preserve classical styles of american homes while not sticking with a ridged boundary of the style itself.

Hope it works!

"TheDonald" said...

Now those houses just need alleys to run in back of them and you'd have a nice, modern East Dayton/Belmont clone. :)

I wonder if home buyers appreciate this adherence to the local styles. It's really weird to see new housing in these styles.

Jefferey said...

Actually these houses do have alleys behind them.

The houses with the garages in the rear remind me of some of the newer suburbs in Madison, WI...This neo-tradional planning trend is catching on all over. There is a similar development, but not this nice, near Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, which I will touch on in a later post, when I go back to Greene County.

Nick said...

This just won't work. It's out in the middle of the country and although its one mile away from I-70 (not right next to the highway), there is a really crappy Wal-Mart on Hoke Rd. near the highway and they put a few shopping centers there in 2005 that are alredy almost vacant. There isn't much around here. i don't understand why they didn't do something like this in Vandalia. Vandalia has I-70 and I-75 and Rt. 40, the Dixie Highway, the Airport Access Road, it's very central and close to downtown, the city is nicer, the Dayton International Airport is there, and the city is much more populated! Englewood/Clayton have none of these advantages. I don't think this is going to be a success story because the development has sat there since 2006 and it only has three boring tenants.

Anonymous said...

Nick is just upset he doesn't live in Englewood. Englewood is very nice! Yes the Wal Mart is crappy but our Kroger's kicks your butt.

Courtney said...

We live here and we love it :) Everyday we enjoy the visuals of the unique houses and the untouched concept in the Dayton Area. We love the minute yard up-keep and the many outside common areas available to all! Now we just need more people to build and enjoy this type of neighborhood!

Unknown said...

I lived there for a short time and the people there can be more than snobs!