The Salal Neighborhood is the Home Trust’s first neighborhood of permanently affordable homes.  It was the vision of the early board members and the persistent and patient homebuyers that ultimately produced 15 single family, two and three-bedroom homes on 2.4 acres off of Carter Avenue, in Friday Harbor.

The homes were built in two phases – the first ten were factory built modules trucked to the island by ferry and set by crane.

The second phase consisted of five stick-built homes, so faithfully built, they look identical!   Click here for photos, information and plans of the Salal Neighborhood.

SUN RISE – Sun Rise I and Sun Rise II
IMG_1513Sun Rise I is the Home Trust’s second neighborhood of permanently affordable homes, located at the end of Grover St. near the Friday Harbor Elementary School.   The Sun Rise I community has 14 homes with solar hot water heating systems, rainwater catchment for laundry, bamboo flooring, air-to-air heat exchangers, and a “Living Machine” wastewater treatment system that will reclaim and reuse treated wastewater for toilets and landscaping; all aimed to reduce utility bills, conserve potable water, protect the marine ecosystem, and reduce global warming.

Attached duplex and triplexes arranged around a single courtyard,  Sun Rise I homes are legally structured as condominiums.
Two of the homes may be sold to “moderate income” households (up to 120% Area Median Income), while 12 are reserved for households at or below 80% AMI.

Sun Rise II, a “pocket neighborhood” of 12 homes, is currently under construction.  The Home Trust has chosen to use well-built custom homes from the early 1900s through 1940 and has moved them on site where they are being rejuvenated.  The first five homes have been sold and are now occupied; there are three additional homes which will be refurbished over the winter, 2016 – 2017 and sold in the spring of 2017.

As with Salal, there is a deed restriction permanently restricting the resale price, using the resale formula to determine the price and keeping the homes affordable while allowing the owner a share of appreciation on the home.

The Home Trust’s Sun Rise property and the Buck family property are designed to form a larger new neighborhood on a 46.5 acre parcel located between Grover Street and Turn Point Road. Included in the plan are homes for:

  • Key Low income working families earning less than 80% of area median income ($53,450 for a family of four)
  • Key infrastructure employees who earn 80-125% of AMI (school teachers, medical workers, local government workers)
  • Seniors wishing to remain on the island but in homes requiring less maintenance and closer to their peers
  • Long-time island residents of almost any income level wishing to live in a more interactive community close to shopping and cultural activities
  • All other interested homebuyers!
  • Click here for more information about the Sun Rise Neighborhood.