June 19, 2014

Happy Earth Day
from Grow Community   


We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, the Native American proverb goes, we borrow it from our children.

The wellbeing of our planet and the quality of life that we'll leave to future generations is what Grow Community is all about.

Every facet of our design, planning and construction asks a simple question: How can we build a healthier, more sustainable community?

The success of our first neighborhood, the Village, says we're finding the right answers. Now, as work progresses on our next two phases, the Grove and the Park, word is really getting around.

Over this past year, we were honored to present the community at the Northwest Eco-Building Guild Green Building Slam event.  The Urban Land Institute made Grow a prominent waypoint on its roadmap to healthy neighborhoods, the excellent "Building Healthy Places Toolkit." And we were featured in the new eco-focused publication Conscious Company.

As we reached 100 percent solar participation among our single-family homes in the Village, Solar Builder magazine named Grow one of the nation's top residential solar installations, and we were named 2014 Home of the Year by Green Builder Magazine.

Perhaps the best accolade of all came from the National Association of Home Builders, who gave Grow its very highest honors - the prestigious Platinum Award and Best In Green Award in the 2014 Best In American Living contest.

We think we're really on to something - a new model for healthy, sustainable urban living, one that offers the template for new neighborhoods and multi-generational living around the country and the globe.

We're thinking ahead, and we're thinking big. At Grow Community, we know we borrow the earth from our children - and we want to return it to them, with interest.

From all of us at Grow Community, Happy Earth Day!


April Construction Update:  
Our plans are concrete

The Grow phase 2 garage is becoming a shell of its future self. Iron and cable work is ongoing for the concrete decks, with new concrete pours continuing through next week. 


As the garage shell takes final shape, expect framers to appear on site soon - and the buildings themselves will follow. The Salal building at the north end of the site will be the first to "go vertical."


In the meantime, earthmoving continues over the next month as we organize the site and backfill around the new garage and buildings.


Click here to view a slideshow of recent construction images.

Photographs by David Cohen

UW planning and environment students tour Grow 


Grow Community hosted a tour this past weekend for University of Washington students interested in innovative approaches to urban planning.


Sixteen students representing the university's urban design and planning, architecture, environmental engineering and computer science programs toured the grounds.


"The goal of our visit was to experience a successful example of an innovative, intentional and sustainable community," said Carolyn Foster, a senior in the Community, Environment and Planning program.


Grow embodies many program components, she said, including sustainability in action, stewardship of the land through gardening, mindful living, and creating successful social spaces that encourage spontaneous interaction.


"Everyone had a wonderful time and came away impressed and inspired," Foster said.

Thank you to UW students for visiting Grow and finding out more about our approach to urban design and community building. Come back anytime.


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 arranged 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 or come by our sales office to set up a meeting to learn about the new homes available at the Grove.  [email protected]

Sales Office: 180 Olympic Dr SE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110  beside the ferry.

NEW WINTER HOURS: Monday - Friday 12-5pm & by appointment    

Joie Olsen
Director of Sales & Leasing