Sick of the traffic in Seattle, and dreaming of the low-impact, car-free lifestyle? Serious about growing food, but lacking in large-scale farming ambitions? Consider a tour of one of new model homes that have recently opened their doors in Grow Community, a new net-zero energy development on Bainbridge Island centered around gardening and low-impact modes of transportation.
This collection of new, net-zero energy homes — located just a 35-minute ferry-ride across the Puget Sound from Seattle — was designed by Jonathan Davis of Davis Studio Architecture + Design and is currently under development. To give prospective residents a glimpse of what life in this eight-acre “pedestrian-oriented, energy-efficient, multigenerational neighborhood” might look like, the community has opened up its first three green prefabricated model homes, which are now open for tours.
Grow is currently the largest solar-ready planned community in the state of Washington. Mother Nature Network reports that it’s also the first residential project in the United States to gain endorsement by One Planet Living‘s Communities program, which was developed by the U.K. nonprofit BioRegional Development Group (which you might remember as having consulted on the big green game plan for the London Olympics) and World Wildlife Federation International. The aim of the program is to create a network of the planet’s greenest neighborhoods, so, as you might imagine, gaining the favor of this 10-tiered certfication is just a tad bit rigorous.
The developer behind the project, Asani, recently completed the first three homes for Grow, known as the Everett, the Aria, and the Ocean. These three green prefab designs will be joined later by two more home options, the Tallis and the Dashwood, as well as a series of townhouse rentals, the Copper. All told, Grow Community will feature 50 single-family homes and 81 rental apartments in small clusters of buildings centered around shared green spaces and community gardens known as “mico-neighborhoods.” The entire development will be connected by a network of walking and biking trails.