We just can't get enough of architect Ross Chapin's picturesque pocket neighborhoods in the Pacific Northwest. The concept, which Chapin has been perfecting for several years now, was arguably ahead of its time–conceived well before the credit crunch, fluctuating fuel costs, and eco-consciousness began to give the small-house movement added momentum. Each pocket contains a bouquet of modest, single-family cottages clustered around common landscaped areas on an odd scrap of land that other developers have overlooked. They're small, they're beautiful, they're affordably priced, and they epitomize responsible land use. What's not to love? Judging from the loyal following Chapin has developed–notably among empty nesters and single women buyers–we're not alone in our fandom. One of the latest neighborhoods to hit full bloom is Wyer's End, a pretty little community in White Salmon, Washington. Check it out in pictures.
Jenny Sullivan is senior editor at BUILDER magazine.