June 19, 2014

Building for Generations

The neighborhoods at Grow have intergenerational living at their heart - because a true community should be "as welcoming to a 73-year-old as it is to a 3-year-old." 

In our new neighborhoods, the Grove and the Park, sixty percent of the homes offer single-level living with elevator access to front entries, and the community spaces invite interaction and sharing between generations year-round.

And accessibility extends beyond the neighborhood. You're just 5 minutes from downtown amenities like shops, restaurants and theaters - even ice cream.

If you haven't visited yet, come find out more about intergenerational living at Grow Community at our sales office, 180 Olympic Drive SE, right next to the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. The office is open noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Or see www.growbainbridge.com


How Does Our Garden Grow?

Very nicely, thanks! And it's only going to get better. The shared gardens at Grow Community promise a bounty for the table and a close-knit neighborhood to share its goodness.

Community gardens and "edible landscaping" -- everything from blueberries to tree fruits, with tasty vegetables on the vine -- are a key feature at Grow, and a big part of our "One Planet Living" ethos. We want to honor the land by fostering and enjoying its wholesome yield.

Now as we approach the first harvest season of our completed Village neighborhood, our gardens are really coming into their own. Residents in our new homeowners association (whose ranks include a few master gardeners, wouldn't you know) have the happy task of divvying up the delicious fare. You gotta love it when a new sign goes up in your neighborhood, and it says, "Pick Me."

We're also talking to Friends of the Farms, the local non-profit that manages and promotes Bainbridge Island's public agricultural land. We're discussing how that group may be able to manage our orchards and gardens for an even greater yield, creating an urban farm that produces sustainable, locally grown food in volume and forges stronger community connections. 

And this is just in the Village in Phase 1. With Grow Community's next neighborhood, the Grove, which has just broken ground, and the Park neighborhood to follow, our green development will get even greener (if that's possible). Sixty percent of the new neighborhoods will be devoted to open space including more bountiful trees and gardens.

We call our community "Grow" for a reason.

Grow Community solar - now a radio star!

Grow Community's solar program got the star treatment on KIRO-FM's "Real Estate Today" last week.

Grow project manager Greg Lotakis was among the panelists for "Simple Solar," an hour long discussion of Washington's dramatic solar incentives and the ease of financing new solar systems for homeowners - and the tremendous benefits for solar adapters like Grow Community residents.

All but one home in Grow phase 1, the Village, now have an operational solar system or are queued up to get one installed, giving Grow the distinction as the largest planned solar community in Washington state. Solar will be a key feature of our next two phases, the Grove and the Park.

Homes in the Village are producing between 85 and 105 percent of their energy needs through their rooftop installations.

"Until you can see and feel and understand that it works, it feels like it's a myth," Greg told Real Estate Today listeners. "It's been pretty remarkable."

Listen to a podcast of the program on the Real Estate Today website.



Seattle Magazine highlights Grow Community

Grow Community gets a great mention in Seattle Magazine this month!


Grow made the magazine's Real Estate Essentials column for "Best Laid Plans," celebrating the cream of local planned communities. "From revitalizing urban neighborhoods to fighting climate change to rekindling a lost spirit of small-town connection, these are precincts with a purpose," the magazine writes.


Click here to see the writeup. 



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.  [email protected] 

Joie Olsen
Director of Sales & Leasing



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