June 19, 2014


The first neighborhood in Grow Community phase 2 is called the Grove, so it's apropos that one of its signature buildings draws its name from the Northwest forest.

The Tsuga (pronounced SOO-guh) is named for a familiar group of conifers from the pine family -- your friendly neighborhood western hemlock. These grand, fragrant giants are so central to our local environs, we even honor Tsuga heterophylla as our Washington state tree.

We had the quiet nobility of this splendid specimen in mind as we designed the Tsuga. Most residences in this bright and airy building offer single-level living with outdoor patios for gardening and entertaining, and 1,200 to nearly 1,600 square feet of comfortable, ultra-energy-efficient living space.

One remarkable unit offers a unique three-story layout, with a spacious outdoor deck on every level and a more-than-generous area for a home theater, workout room or den. So we might say, "tsee the Tsuga" -- find colorful renditions and a really cool interactive display of available floor plans here 


Breaking Ground, Then Making it Better Than Ever

We'll do our best to keep the dust down, and the noise. But bear with us for a few days, and we think you'll like what comes next.

Site preparation work gets under way this week at our new Grove and Park neighborhoods, beginning with removal of the old military housing along John Adams Way.

We'll be recycling as much of the material as we can, although lead paint unfortunately will prevent reuse of some debris.

You'll also see some tree harvesting around the five-acre site being performed by the good craftspeople of Bainbridge Island's Coyote Wood Shop. These will be milled and repurposed as fine furniture. Maybe even to use in future homes in the Grove!

Next comes the good stuff. As part of site development, we'll be planting more than 210 new trees. These healthy new specimens will define and enhance the Grove's signature green corridors, help neighborhood stormwater retention, and play a big role in carbon sequestration for future generations.

We expect onsite tree salvage to go through the week, and demolition of old structures to run about a week after that. Watch our blog for updates, and then look forward to watching the Grove neighborhood rise up in your midst.

Mother Nature Network gives Grow a big hug

Green building guru Matt Hickman of the popular Mother Nature Network has posted a great writeup about Grow Community phase 2, calling it "even more lovable" than phase 1!

In "Solar-powered Grow Community continues to blossom," Matt writes: "What strikes me most about phase two of Grow Community is what a departure it is from phase one while managing to stay true to the development's overall - and very much holistic vision of creating a progressive yet totally laid-back eco-utopia driven by the rigorous framework established by One Planet Living's Communities program."

Progressive? Laid back? Eco-utopia? We're all about that!

Thanks to Matt for following Grow Community into its exciting new phase.

We still have room for you

Great opportunities are still available in the Grove neighborhood with its mix of single-level homes, townhomes and single-family residences, all arrayed around a quiet native woodland and orchard. With beautifully designed, ultra-efficient homes and even a solar option, the Grove sets a new standard for healthy, sustainable living.

Find out more about opportunities in the Grove neighborhood here 

Please contact our sales team to set up a meeting to learn about the new homes available at the Grove.  live@growbainbridge.com 

Joie Olsen
Director of Sales & Leasing



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