Home Sales Begin for New Grove Neighborhood in Grow Community

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Advance reservations are now underway for phase 2 of Grow Community, a sustainable, solar-powered community on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.

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We are completing our vision of providing an enriching place to live – one that provides opportunities to age in place, enjoy the benefits and satisfaction inherent with intergenerational living and doing it all in a sustainable and healthy community.

Grow Community’s latest phase will bring two new neighborhoods, the Grove and the Park, featuring a mix of townhomes, single-level homes and single-family residences. Homes in the Grove will be arrayed around a quiet native woodland, while the Park’s residences will flank a broad open green. A community center for use by residents unites these neighborhoods and the Village, which is nearing completion.

“We’re very excited to be embarking on this next phase of the community,” said Jeff Sharp, Grow Community development manager. “In designing and building the Grove and the Park, we are completing our vision of providing an enriching place to live – one that provides opportunities to age in place, enjoy the benefits and satisfaction inherent with intergenerational living and doing it all in a sustainable and healthy community.”

Accessible floor plans promote Grow Community’s goal of intergenerational living. Sixty percent of the new neighborhoods will be dedicated to green space and community gardens, and most parking will be underground.

Sales begin with the Grove neighborhood for 49 homes in the Salal, Juniper and Tsuga, featuring two- and three-bedroom single-level homes; the Elan townhomes, which include four two-bedroom and four three-bedroom two-story homes; and the Woodland, two-bedroom, single-family attached residences.

The sales office opens July 12-13 at 180 Olympic Drive SE next to the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, just 35 minutes from downtown Seattle. For more details see http://www.growbainbridge.com

Grove neighborhood completion and owner occupancy is set for 2015. Sales for the Park neighborhood, also offering a variety of home designs, will be announced later this year.

The Grove and the Park are designed by the award-winning firm Cutler Anderson Architects.

Grow Community’s first neighborhood, the Village, broke ground in 2012 and all homes promptly sold out, indicating strong demand for the innovative One Planet Living concepts on which the community is based. Construction of multifamily units in the Village will be completed this summer. All units are preleased, and there is a strong waiting list for future vacancies.

Developed by Asani, a Bainbridge Island company committed to creating sustainable living, Grow Community is an intentional neighborhood designed for an intergenerational mix of residents with a range of floor plans ideal for families, young professionals and seniors. Grow Community is adjacent to Winslow town center and a short distance from the ferry terminal.

During a rigorous two-year concept phase, Asani invited participation from the local community and asked the question, “What kind of a neighborhood do you want to live in?” What emerged was an idea for a new kind of community, based around the ideals of health and happiness, possibility, and deeper connections with the community and the land.

The Grow design team adopted the One Planet Living framework to guide planning and development. Based on the 10 principles of sustainability developed by BioRegional and The World Wildlife Fund, One Planet Living envisions communities in which people everywhere can enjoy a high quality of life within the productive capacity of the planet.

Grow Community’s first phase, the Village, was endorsed as only the fifth One Planet Community in the world and the first residential project in the United States.

The Grove and Park neighborhoods in the second phase are also guided by the One Planet Living framework. An example of that framework in action is the concept of a “five-minute lifestyle” where residents are close to local amenities and urban attractions in Winslow town center, reducing their dependency on automobiles. A neighborhood car-share program offers Grow residents access to an electric vehicle charged by a solar-powered station – a unique zero-carbon option.

With the goal of making zero-carbon living both attainable and affordable, Asani partnered with local solar companies to develop an optional solar package for every home in the Village. This option continues in phase 2, with solar offered on all residential units including townhomes, single-level residences and single family homes. The package makes it easy for owners to understand the upfront costs and the financing strategy. It also explains the federal tax credits that are available and how the solar energy that is produced can pay for the cost of the system while dramatically reducing or altogether eliminating a resident’s electric bill.

“We wanted to make it easy to live a more sustainable lifestyle, so it was a simple decision to provide a well thought out program for adding solar energy to our homes,” said Jeff Sharp, Grow Community development manager. “At the end of the day, this approach worked very well for our residents and that allowed the community to achieve the distinction of becoming the largest solar community in the state.”

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