Tour of Affordable Homes Spotlights Comfort and Elegance

The Street of Dreams typically showcases the latest in home luxury and design, and while many of us can enjoy the tour each summer, few can afford the opulence on display.

Keeping in tune with the economic downturn and the need to build more sustainable homes, the Street of Affordable Homes in Portland, Oregon offers consumers a balance of energy efficiency and luxury with a fairly reasonable price tag. Consider the size of the homes, which range from 2,500 to 4,000 square feet, and the solar power that allows home owners to heat these open spaces for about $1,000 a year.

The 2011 SolarWorld/LiveLight Energy Street of Affordable Homes featured five homes built with the latest trends in energy efficiency. These solar homes, located in the beautiful Tigard community of Bull Run, were built to Earth Advantage Silver specifications that saved new homeowners energy and money through a variety of tax credits and energy efficient modifications in construction.

There were five homes built for this Street of Affordable Homes, all for sale aside from one that had been recently purchased. The exteriors and interiors of each home exemplified elegance and comfort through professional Portland home staging, illustrating just how beautiful energy efficiency can be.

Open Living Spaces

The main gathering place for each home centered around the kitchen, eating nook and a place to sit back and relax.

Luxury That Doesn’t Waste Water

Part of being energy efficient is installing measures that will save water, both good for the wallet and the planet. This bathroom illustrates that you don’t need to trade one for the other.


Sleeping in Style

Making the most of space, the large master suite and bedroom fit for a princess will provide many nights of sweet and comfortable dreams.

The 2011 SolarWorld/Live Light Energy Tour of Affordable Homes runs from July 7th through July 31st. Hours are limited to Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a reasonably priced admission.

Pictures courtesy of Tiffany Home Design, owned an operated by professional interior designer and Portland home stager Brittainy Tiffany.

About Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson is a busy mom of two growing boys, a freelance writer, and an expert in saving money.

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