Street of Dreams to build in Hillsboro in 2018
South Hillsboro is about to get its moment in the limelight.
Next summer, the 2018 Northwest Natural Street of Dreams will be held in South Hillsboro, the massive housing development currently under construction along Tualatin Valley Highway.
The annual housing showcase, which just wrapped up its 2017 event in Happy Valley, will showcase more than a half-dozen homes starting in August 2018.
"Everybody's excited," said Dennis Pahlisch, owner of Pahlisch Homes, which is hosting the event in South Hillsboro. "It's been a long process to make this happen. We first started talking about this four years ago."
The homes will be built on property Pahlisch is developing next to The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, 4805 S.W. 229th Ave.
The neighborhood will be known as The Vendage, Pahlisch said, a French word meaning "vintage."
"We have a special piece of property there," Pahlisch said. "All these homes will look over the golf course."
The eight luxury homes to be featured in next year's Street of Dreams are only a few of the 1,800 homes in Pahlisch intends to build in South Hillsboro, and only a fraction of the 8,000 homes and apartments planned for the area over the next two decades.
Located south of TV Highway near Cornelius Pass Road, South Hillsboro is the largest housing development in state history. When finished, the area will have as many as 20,000 residents, and the neighborhood will be complete with its own trail systems, parks, shopping centers and even a swim center, Pahlisch said.
"It's truly a city unto itself," Pahlisch said.
Street of Dreams, presented each year by the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland, tours the Portland area, building one-of-a-kind homes in a different city each year.
Hillsboro has been host to the Street of Dreams twice before. The event came to the Jackson School neighborhood in 1981 and again in 2001.
Pahlisch said bringing in more high-end homes to the TV Highway area will fill a badly needed niche in Hillsboro. Each of the homes in next year's Street of Dreams will be listed at around $1.5 million, according to Pahlisch.
"We've been talking with Intel and Nike, and they have been really looking for executive housing in Hillsboro," he said. "Housing where people don't have to drive all the way to Lake Oswego or West Linn."
Just what the homes will look like hasn't been decided, Pahlisch said, but the annual showcase regularly features the latest in architectural styles and technology.
Pahlisch said it's a chance for home builders to experiment and have fun.
"Street of Dreams is a place where economics don't always have to make sense," Pahlisch said. "It's a dream home."
Homes in South Hillsboro are expected to go up for sale next May, just in time for the Street of Dreams showcase, which opens three months later.
That doesn't give developers a lot of time, Pahlisch said.
"Everybody's been rushing to make this happen and the city has been very cooperative to get us our permits," Pahlisch said. "There has been a really a good effort between the city and the private sector working in the amount of time we've had."
Pahlisch said he expects close to 100,000 people to attend next year's event.
"Having visitors come to our community and spend their dollars here is great," said Hillsboro spokesman Patrick Preston. "In the long term, South Hillsboro will have 8,000 homes of diverse types and we want everybody to know what South Hillsboro represents. Street of Dreams is a great way to kick it off."