Green Development Unveils New Eco Models

LEED certified homes designed to fit active, urban lifestyles and attract first-time home buyers–that’s what the Citrus Walk development in Covina, California, aims to provide. Now project designer KTGY Group has said that Olson Homes, the company behind Citrus Walk, is debuting the debut of two model homes in this new residential community — designed, as you might imagine, to showcase all the green bells and whistles.

These homes are built to exceed LEED standards and feature Energy Star appliances; efficient and lead-free water fixtures; auto shut-off motion sensors in all baths; space saving tank-less water heaters; built-in recycle bins, and other green amenities.

Citrus Walk

image via Olson Homes

Citrus Walk will offer a total of 37 townhomes and 8,000 square feet of new retail space along downtown Covina’s Citrus Avenue, with 12 residences directly over the new retail storefronts. Each townhome encompasses 1,580 square feet over three stories; units are priced from the mid $300,000’s.

KTGY Group’s Alan Scales, studio director and lead designer of Citrus Walk, said, in a statement, that the niche of building affordable housing in desirable in-town locations has been a been a winning formula for Olson Homes. He goes on to note that the homebuilder anticipates that “pent up demand for affordable new housing…will make Citrus Walk highly desirable for its central Downtown Covina location.” Citrus Walk is located close to restaurants and shops and is acessible via Metrolink.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.