For years culmination of the suburban idyll has included purchase of a low, sprawling single-level ranch home or blockish two-story traditional in which local families could raise their families behind manicured lawns and aggregate entryways.
We’ve been asking if there isn’t a worthwhile alternative to the timber-gobbling traditional suburban domicile. Perhaps something more modern? Capable of supporting the latest energy and rainwater conservation systems? Attached dwelling unit for aging relatives? Something clean but – edgy? And with those groovy open inner spaces buyers seem to crave these days?
We’ve come to admire modern architecture as the type of structure best able to provide all these things and we’ve espoused a lifestyle built around them – complete with rooftop gardens, rainwater catchment and recycling systems, low-energy HVAC and a near net zero carbon footprint.
Coming in at between 4,035 to 4,563 square feet we can’t say their footprint is exactly small and it’s unclear if four homes proposed for construction in Danville will have any or all of those things but, based on looks alone, their arrival could be a telling departure from the norm and a sign of things to come.
The development at the end of Culet Ranch Road is distanced far enough away from more traditional neighbors to keep from clashing – so say the local Design Review Board – but if approved as expected Tuesday night a portion of town is going to have a decidedly modern look and feel.
It remains to be seen if, once entrenched, the cluster of four new moderns – known collectively as Loyal Dragon Place – will establish a beachhead for more of their kind. Public tastes can be fickle and notoriously hard to change, but perhaps if the homes find favor with buyers more will follow.