June 19, 2014

Going up, and going fast  
Only 8 homes left for November move-in

Fall is rapidly approaching, and only eight homes remain for November move-in at the Grove (Grow Community, phase 2).  More homes will be available for early spring 2016 move-in.

Homebuyers come to Grow looking for community, and through the dust and noise of the summer construction, they can see our vision - and they want to be a part of it.

Buyers who reserved their homes a year ago are now going into contract.  It won't be long until they're living in their new homes!

On the horizon: final floor plans for the Tsuga, the last building in the Grove neighborhood.  Homes are still available for sale and will be ready for move-in early Spring 2016.  

Watch for more exciting announcements as Grow Community phase 2, the Grove, continues to take shape.


Très bien! French programme Écho-Logis visits Grow Community for television feature



A film crew from the French production house TV Only visited Grow Community last week, shooting a half-hour feature for the magazine show Écho-Logis.

The program features the best examples of sustainable architecture and construction around the globe - so naturally they found their way to Bainbridge Island and Grow.

"We were looking for the greenest places in the U.S.," says Anthony Da Silva, TV Only journaliste, who admits that while he and the producers had scouted out Grow Community online and were confident it would make a good subject, they were still startled by what they found.

"When we arrived, we were really surprised that it was much more beautiful than the pictures we saw on the web," Da Silva says, praising Grow for building not just eco-friendly homes but also a whole simpler, low-impact lifestyle.

"It's not only putting solar panels up and respecting the landscape where you put your house," he says. "It's also a feeling. For me, it's a system, a way to work and to build and to live."

The four-man production team spent four days on the island after filming an eco-friendly home in Los Angeles the previous week.

Da Silva interviewed Jonathan Davis, architect of Grow Community's phase one, the Village, along with project manager Greg Lotakis and various residents.

Interviews were conducted inside homes and around the Grow Community grounds and shared P-patch gardens.

A drone-mounted camera buzzed around the neighborhood throughout, zooming down pathways before soaring skyward for dramatic aerial shots of Grow's solar energy-producing rooftops.

"It was an honor to have the Écho-Logis film crew here," Lotakis says. "To be able to share a bit of the vision, and have the community's voice as part of the show, was wonderful. It was a great reminder of how much has been done here that can inspire other communities."

Écho-Logis presents "beautiful and innovative green projects all around the world by featuring the people who have conceived it, those who live in and interact with it," producers say, while showing the environmental advantages that come with "an ethical way of building."
After returning to France, the team will decamp for Romania and their next feature: a woodland lodge replete with solar power and a system for recycling water.

Now in its fourth season, the Écho-Logis program can be seen on France's TV5Monde network, available in more than 200 countries.

The Grow Community feature is expected to run late this year as part of the current 40-episode run.

Previous Écho-Logis episodes can be viewed online here .


 

Grow a paragon of the 'New Urbanism,' Professional Builder magazine says

Public engagement, eco-friendly designs, affordable options, and diversity of home styles and offerings are hallmarks of the New Urbanism, the most significant planning movement of recent times.

Grow Community is a paragon of this forward-thinking ethos, Professional Builder magazine says in its new issue.

In the article "The Seaside Effect" (a nod to the first New Urbanist community, Seaside, built in Florida in 1980), Pro Builder fetes Grow for such enlightened features as shared pea-patch gardens, energy-efficient construction and rooftop solar power.

Proximity to Winslow town center - just a 5-minute walk from the heart of the neighborhood - allowed project designers and now residents to move beyond the demands of an automobile-centric lifestyle, toward healthier and more sustainable alternatives.

"We didn't need to provide anything other than a residential fabric," Jonathan Davis, Grow's phase 1 architect, tells the magazine.

Read more about how Grow Community measures up to New Urbanist principles in Professional Builder's July 2015 edition here - see pages 30-35.


 

August Construction Update: 
Under every roof, a different story. Sometimes the roof is the story.  

Work proceeds apace around the Grow phase 2 worksite this month, with eight buildings underway and in different stages of completion. Framing, drywall and roofing are the story at the Salal, Juniper and Elan buildings, those closest to occupancy projected for this fall.

At the Tsuga, the concrete deck will be completed the first week of September with framing to follow. Three of four single-family homes now have their foundations and floors ready to go, again with framing to begin soon.

In the middle of it all, we're about to begin grading for the Grove, our newest neighborhood's signature central greenway. We're excited to begin planting this beautiful space, the centerpiece of Grow Community phase 2.
 




INTERESTED IN LIVING AT GROW COMMUNITY?
We still have room for you

Great opportunities to purchase 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. Homes will begin to be available for move-in November 2015.

Find out more about opportunities in the Grove neighborhood here 

Please contact our sales & leasing 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.

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


Joie Olsen
Director of Sales & Leasing

206.452.6755