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LOOKS COUNT Series.  Urban infill communities, What's True Green? 

The headline read, " Urban Infill Project Embraces Green Building Guidelines." Intriguing, eh?  First of all...what are they talking about? 1) What is an urban infill project? And 2) what is meant by "Green Building Guidelines"?

Seems GREEN is red-hot these days, especially right here in Asheville, N.C.  But, let's face it, there's small-case green, my friend the author calls this "Faux Green"... and then, well, there's True Green. As Eco Certified® Real Estate Consultants, we are impressed with the WNC HealthyBuilt® Home program. It's checklist of Green Requirements encompasses all aspects of environmental design and construction including:  site and landscape, materials, indoor air quality, heating and cooling systems, the building envelope, and water efficiency. Interestingly, an objective third party is required  to check on and make sure buildings pass the WNC HealthyBuilt® inspection at various phases of building process. This tells us that we are looking at True Green possibilities.

There are a number of True Green urban infill projects in our town.. 

Today I will tell you about just one urban infill development where True Green building and community cooperation add up to a sustainable special find. This WNC HealthyBuilt® eco-community is within walking distance of downtown Asheville. Nineteen units (four townhomes and ten single family) equal True Green real estate for sale.....but this is not what might be considered "workforce housing".  Prices range from the mid $400Ks to over $1M.  And buildings are just over 1,000 to just under 3,000 square feet. 

Proximity to downtown counts. And LOOKS COUNT! (I wrote about that earlier and this is the second in the series on that matter.) With views, stately trees preserved and cared for, top-of-the-line non-toxic  finishes, common areas and outdoor living spaces, this is one example of an urban infill project that could thrill the home buyer. All this -  a mix of condos, townhomes, and single family homes the interested person will find on just a 3.5 acre parcel, where literally dozens of 50-70 year old trees still stand because land planning and land use also count in this situation...and factor that into the cost..

"We felt compelled to honor this land, to do something that made sense for the neighborhood," said the eco-developer. And you will not find gates separating this green community from the rest of the area. 

 " We just want it to fit in, to have it feel like it's been there a long time, and we're hoping a variety of people, from young families to empty nesters, will appreciate our efforts. This will be home to people who make a conscious choice-to buy here because it's green and because it exemplifies a quality of life they desire."

 

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"We felt compelled to honor this land, to do something that made sense for the neighborhood," said the eco-developer.

Does this statement make as much sense to you as it does to us ?

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 10 years ago

Hi Janeanne:

Do you know what  (basic, bronze, silver, gold)of WNC Healthy Built this development encompasses?  

Posted by Bill Westel, ECO (Eco-Steward Realty) over 10 years ago

Bill~

THAT is a great question. I will contact the developer to find out. I'll let ya' know.

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 10 years ago

The suburban sprawl needs to be curtailed before it devours the countryside and, more importantly, our productive farmland and wild habitat.

In-fill is good-fill.

John

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) over 10 years ago

Green is huge these days..and I pray that it is not just a trend but a way of thinking and a way of life. There will always be these who want to take short cuts and people know real Green from the fake ones.

Posted by LLoyd Nichols, SW Florida Homes (Premier Florida Realty of SWFL) over 10 years ago

One of the community develop guys with a local bank is trying to get people interested in more eco-friendly developes in the downtown Nashua area.  I am going to see if I can find out his email address and send him a link to your blog.  I think he would be very interested.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

JT~

you mentioned sprawl  and how it needs to be curtailed "before it devours the countryside and, more importantly, our productive farmland and wild habitat..." I am thinking, with rising costs of food, that you have an excellent point...farmlands are NEEDED.

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 10 years ago

Lloyd~

Good point about the ever-present inclination to take short cuts...it seems to be a "human" dilemma....and like you, I am hoping that we can overcome it.

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 10 years ago

Joan~

I am very honored. And thank you..

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 10 years ago

Hi janeAnne,

With all of the urban infills going on over there, are you finding that folks are wanting to be closer to the City lately?  Just wondering what the trend is there...I'm starting to see more action inner loop.

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

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