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Pocket Neighborhood Slideshow

Boomers can downsize without losing the amenities of suburban living

All in the Community

Just two and a half blocks long, another pocket neighborhood in Port Townsend has 10 courtyard cottages and 17 other homes, each with a welcoming front porch. Named Umatilla Hill, the neighborhood also benefits from its location in an historic seaport town with charming shops, interesting dining, and an active arts community.

“I love it!” says Pat Hundhausen, who moved with her husband, Dave, from Wisconsin to here in 2006. “I grew up in the 1950s in an Ohio neighborhood like this one, in a small house with a big front porch living close to my neighbors so I could interact regularly with them. I always longed for a neighborhood like Umatilla Hill when we were raising our kids, but it never quite happened.”

While Umatilla Hill and most pocket neighborhoods are new construction, a pocket neighborhood can be a preexisting enclave or even apartments. The majority of homes are for purchase, although some projects offer affordable-housing rentals. — Photo by Misha Gravenor

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