By Molly • Molly Walker • 

New subdivision units nearing completion

Marcus Larson / News-RegisterBrian Ruden, left, general manager, and his father, Alan Ruden, project developer, stand on the large front porch of the two-story house in the new subdivision they re building, The Bungalows at Chegwyn Village.
Marcus Larson / News-Register
Brian Ruden, left, general manager, and his father, Alan Ruden, project developer, stand on the large front porch of the two-story house in the new subdivision they're building, The Bungalows at Chegwyn Village.
Marcus Larson / News-Register
Houses are nearing completion in McMinnville s first new subdivision in years.
Marcus Larson / News-Register
Houses are nearing completion in McMinnville's first new subdivision in years.

Building just north of the new Chegwyn Farms Park on northeast Hembree Street, Ruden and his son, Brian, who serves as general manager, have developed the homes to be somewhat of a throwback to earlier times. 

The first two include a two-story, 1,777-square-foot home and a one-story, 1,486-square-foot home. Ruden anticipates the 21 homes in the first phase will all range between those sizes, but says some larger homes may be included in future phases.

Ruden said the market has been better for smaller homes, to keep the initial cost down, cut maintenance costs, lower utility bills and pay smaller tax bills. But people still want houses that are well-built and efficient.

“We think we’ve met that,” he said.

He anticipates the base price running $214,900, but said the price ultimately depends on what the customer wants in the way of add-ons. He said there will be six to seven models with varying options for customers.

They anticipate having one of the new homes to serve as a model and office open within the next two weeks. They have also started on a third unit.

“We anticipate people seeing what we have and asking, ‘Can you do this for us?’” Ruden said. 

He said the homes feature engineered wood laminate floors, top-notch appliances, granite counters, hardwood cabinets and high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems.

“What we’re trying to accomplish is building small homes, so they’re more affordable, but with the amenities people are looking for,” his son said.

On the outside, the homes will feature large, welcoming front porches and distinctive landscaping with timed irrigation systems. They will have two-car garages entered from a shared private alleyway.

The garages will all be set back. Some will be attached, but most will be detached.

The alleyways have been built to public standards. No parking is allowed on them.

The sidewalk in front of the initial homes meanders, which required special approval from the city. With alleyways providing garage access, there are no driveway cuts.

Ruden said the porches and sidewalks are designed to give the development a community feel. Once it’s fully developed, he’s hoping to see people outside walking about, visiting their neighbors and strolling to the nearby park or Grandhaven Elementary School.

“We’re hoping to get a nice community that people will enjoy living here,” he said. 

The two-story home has three bedrooms with the master on the main floor, a separate study, two bathrooms, a utility room and an open floor plan.

“It works for lots of different types of families,” said Alan.

The smaller home is a three-bedroom, two-bath with most of the amenities of the larger one. It has built-in dividers in one room, serving as a place for pictures and curios — an element borrowed from older bungalow-style homes.

“It will be its own community, it’s own design, that transitions with the existing neighborhood quite well,” Ruden said. 

“We think it’s nice,” he said. “It’s a throwback to the old bungalow years of the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.” 

For more information, contact Brian Ruden at 503-435-2412 or 503-435-9979.

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