Tempe Micro-Estate Community Summer, 2019

Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

An exciting new community is in the works for Tempe, Arizona! 

Tempe MicroEstate Community is scheduled to be built in the Summer of 2019.   This unique, first of it's kind "Micro-Estate" community consists of 13 single family homes, a community building with a laundry facility that includes greywater for the community garden, bike racks and covered parking. 


The organization behind the project is Newtown Communities.  They are a passionate group working to provide affordable homes while educating homeowners using homeownership programs and partnerships.  They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. 


Newtown's vision for the Tempe Micro-Estate Community:

"Our goal here is to balance the pros and cons of traditional tiny-home developments with the current demand we’re seeing from our clients."  



The community will be located in Tempe near mass transit/light rail, restaurants, convenient shopping and other amenities.  The homes are targeted toward low to moderate income workers who cannot afford to live in Tempe. 


Homes will be lofted one bedroom, single family structures with small yards, unlike tiny homes you see being built today.  Being zoned single family allows for traditional financing.

Tempe MicroEstates Newtown CDC 

The community will earn the US Green Building Council's LEED Certification and the Neighborhood Development certification, making it the first micro-estate community with the LEED ND certification.  The certification and features allow for very low energy bills and comfortable homes.


This is the not the first LEED Neighborhood, but is the first Micro-Estate LEED Neighborhood Development. 


LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a certification provided by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).  This prestigious certification is a points based certification and consists of the levels "Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum."   One hundered points can be earned in 6 categories that include:


  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quallity
  • Innovation in Design


Based on points earned in the above category, levels of Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum are awarded.  At the last meeting the developer spoke of seeking the Gold level  certification.  


A group separate from Newtown has been formed with funds from a grant from the Mother Earth Foundation.  I'm thrilled to be a part of this group as the only realtor "providing training processes to promote REALTORS®, appraisers, and lenders understanding of the unique benefits of homes built using this energy efficient template developed through this project."


Another aspect of the project includes providing training and receiving assistance from ASU interns.  This new endeavor training interns is a new process for me and I'm sure will be a win win for students.


2019 is an exciting year of change and I'm happy to embrace it!


Disclaimer - I am not the listing agent but will be providing training on this project.





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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Exciting news, Jan. I will look for your posts updating this smart and innovative project in Tempe. D 

Jan 02, 2019 09:52 AM #1
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD !  I'm super excited about the project.  Starting to work on my Intern lessons.  This should be interesting!

Jan 02, 2019 12:34 PM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wow/.do show us some of these homes when they are completed,...what a great idea ! 

Jan 03, 2019 01:08 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Jan.  Thanks for the information about the Tempe MicroEstate community.


Jan 03, 2019 05:52 AM #4
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Sally K. & David L. Hanson ! I'm really excited to see these built.  They are an entirely new concept, especially claiming the entire neighborhood is efficient and sustainable!  Have a great rest of your week!

Jan 03, 2019 11:48 AM #5
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're welcome Gabe Sanders .  I bet they have something like these in Florida!

Jan 03, 2019 11:49 AM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jan, this is quite interesting, and Newtown builds GREEN homes here too.   Have not seen a community quite like this yet.  Bet it is coming in the near future.

Jan 16, 2019 06:00 AM #7
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's cool!  The folks at Newtown are great and I'm excited that they are venturing into LEED certified homes and LEED Neighborhoods on this project.  I'm working as part of a grant funded to replicate this project so we'll see where we go next in Arizona.  There's a waiting list already and they haven't broken ground yet!

Jan 16, 2019 07:54 AM #8
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