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PUDs & E-PUDS Under a Green Umbrella- The Trend Toward Mixed-Use Development

 In a recent rambling, Bryant  had  PUDs on his mind. His "condition" must be contagious! I've been sitting under a green umbrellaever since with PUDs on my mind, too. . . E-PUDsthat is!       Bryant did a great job of explaining all about PUDs so I'll  not tarry there, but instead shall sally forth from into the realm of green building  in communities with renewable energy systems that have both creature comforts and quality of life components.    

 I can see it right now...a green umbrella,a café, a neighborhood organic market, a local artisans' shop, a bakery, office and live-work spacejust off the road, and further up the hill,  small, yet elegant abodes, townhomes and single-family residences all in a mixed-use eco-development designed for sustainability  and human-scale  living.

This ecovillage is environmentally-sensitive. It thrives on state-of-the-art strategies: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection, and indoor environmental quality that works with the natural setting. It offers quality space and surroundings to people who choose to live there. People who live in this village can conduct business there, or simply choose to relax in a pleasant environment.

But wait! This all is a reality, not just my Imagineering. In fact, REALTORS® and real property investors take note... "E-PUDs" could well be the next trend on the housing horizon. Ecovillages can be found all across the globe. Many years of ecovillage projects in Denmark led to the formation in 1990 of the Global Eco-Village Network. 

GEN's  aim is to support and encourage the evolution of sustainable settlements across the world. GEN defines ecovillages  as " urban or rural communities of people, who strive to integrate a supportive social environment with a low-impact way of life. To achieve this, they integrate various aspects of ecological design,  permacultureecological building, green production, alternative energy, community building practices,and much more."      Ecovillages such as Findhorn. serve as models. Almost ten years ago (1998) the Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage Project received Best Practice designation from the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat).

Another flourishing ecovillage is right here in the Greater Asheville area. This is Earthhaven   " an aspiring ecovillage settlement nestled in the forested slopes of the Southern Appalachians."   I visited Earthhaven a couple  summers ago...had the very attractive experience of listening to the murmur of cascading streams and birdsong,  the sounds of human activity, of people building a positive future together, of children at play...

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Comments

e-PUDs brings to mind the German Schremergardens - neighborhood community gardens with little patches - often they'd have a TINY house in the garden if you wanted to spend the night or rest. Place to grow food and flowers and meet your neighbors as well. Also an idea that could be used on vacant city blocks.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 12 years ago

janeAnne, I bet your glad to get that out of your head:) E-puds sound very appealing and for some reason they sound very relaxing. Are there many of these around or is this something that is relatively new. Except for the ones you have mentioned. 

With energy costs the way they are right now I bet a community like this would be an easy sell. Plus with all the benefits to the environment thrown in, it really is inviting.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago
About 20 years ago, a former Honolulu Mayor (Frank Fasi) began a gardening project for lower income individuals and senior citizens that is still going strong today. He dedicated roadside land and other fallow areas for use by the people to supplement their diets and reduce the strain on their incomes. The e-pud idea sounds like a great concept that everyone would benefit from.
Posted by Michael S. Mackey, REALTOR ABR, CRS, GRI, RSPS (CENTURY 21 All Islands) over 12 years ago
janeAnne, thanks for putting this together... and all the links.  I took a look at one of them and will check out the others as well.  In recent years my area has seen an increase in live/work style of housing... that's a good thing, and I wish there were more of them.  Keep feeding us this info - it's good for the soul.
Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Sharon...I appreciate your sharing the info about vacant city blocks. I will be mentioning this at our next ECO agent get-together. THX!..I am working on a whole series on trends this month..always interested in your feedback.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Bryant. Yes..we are finding that such communities are gaining popularity here in the Greater Asheville area...There is one scheduled for 2007, an infill project, where residents actually will have the option of sharing rides with a co-op car that runs on biodiesel fuel...but this community is only a mile or so from West Asheville, so I don't know how much the care even will be used...will follow-up later in 2007
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Michael...KUDOS to former Honolulu Mayor (Frank Fasi) ..would love to hear more about him and other projects he may have inspired!
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
Leanne...We have had some reference to "live/work style of housing" here...it shows another perspective that could be attractive to lots of home buyers.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago
You say, "E-PUDs" could well be the next trend on the housing horizon..." do you have any other predictions?
Posted by Arlene Brown (Eco Steward Realty) over 12 years ago
Arlene...I predict that  mixed-use eco-developments will triple in the next five years.Mind you, this is just a "gut feeling", but I do watch the market trends and, over the years seem to pick and ride the crest of the waves.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 12 years ago

Everyone~

Did you knwo that throughout most of human history, the majority of human settlements developed as mixed-use environments? To learn more, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed-use_development

 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
One of my best friends visited Findhorn -- and she was amazed.  I hope it is coming to a neighborhood near me -- here in New Hampshire -- but I find things are a little slower here on the East Coast!  We are seeing some mixed use developments -and they go back 20 years -- but we are yet to see an 3 pud as far as I know.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago
JaneAnne - I love the e-PUD and Mixed use eco development ideas. I think we will return to our roots and develop some great communities this way. You have provided great links. I will bookmark and pick through them!
Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 11 years ago

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