$600/year For Fuel Bills and Walking Distance to the RTA. Eco Village Cottages Are A No Brainer!

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

commuter rail trainLast year I wrote this post about the proposed Eco Village Cottages  at W. 58th and Pear. It's an exciting project, and this past week it moved closer to fruition and occupancy with a ground breaking ceremony.

These homes will meet Leeds standards for energy efficiency, are all of the same design (I think there are five homes). They are part of the Cleveland Land Trust which means they will remain affordable throughout their lifetime. (The Land Trust sells homes at market value but the buyers buy at about 80% of market value). You can read about the Land Trust here.  

Green City Blue Lake has an informative post on the Cottages. Here is an excerpt:

"....The homes are universally designed, life-cycle homes that allow aging in place. They will include accessibility features such as ramped entrances to porches, and, in the three bedroom model, a first floor bedroom with bath. Buyers who need a fully accessible home can have the additional features they need added at no additional cost.

The cottage designs grew out of the Cleveland Green Building Coalition's Emerging Designers initiative, which brought together young architects to learn about green design while applying what they learned to real projects...."

There are income requirements for eligibility to purchase and of course the supply is limited. But it's exciting to see this project move along (they had projected an August ground breaking and they are pretty darn close to that date).

A wonderful side benefit? Short (and I do mean short) walk to the RTA Station.  To recap: affordable, unbelievably low fuel costs, close to public transportation. Do we need more of this all over Cleveland or what?

Peace Out - 3C

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Rainer
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
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That's an interesting project. I noticed on the Green City Blue Lake link that they are 2-stories. Do they have ranches available for the "aging in place" folks?

I think I'm aging-in-place!  :-)

Sep 20, 2008 04:46 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Great,  I wish we had a project like this where I live.

Sep 20, 2008 06:16 AM #4
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Hi Elaine, I know there are only a few being built and all are the same basic design. I would hope this is only the beginning of projects like this. You are so right, ranch homes would be terrific for one of the next projects they do.

Hi Sindee thanks -- send it to your planning department and say 'get crackin!' lol

Sep 20, 2008 07:35 AM #6
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Karen Barbour
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Sounds like a great project.  They thought of alot of important things.

Jun 23, 2009 03:37 PM #7
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Really good to hear that these homes will meet Really good to hear that these homes will meet LEED standards. Energy efficiency is such an important factor when designing new homes, and meeting said standards can save money through lower energy costs.

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