Construction is under way on a 26-home sustainable community in San Luis Obispo.
Terraza, located on a 3-acre lot at 215 Bridge St., will feature 18 residential homes and eight “Live/Work” studio lofts — all designed with an eye to environmental sustainability and modern design, project developer Justin Slade said.
“The architecture for this community is really very modern,” Slade said of the predominately gray and angular buildings. “These will fit somewhere between production homes and custom-made homes — though they are technically production homes, they’ll feel custom-made and not like a cookie-cutter community.”
All of the homes will be constructed using green and recycled building materials, Slade said, and optional solar panels will be available to homeowners.
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The site has been built with local water issues in mind as well: There will be an on-site storm water management and “rain-store” retention system, which captures runoff before migrating into the creek that crosses through the project, and all driveways and paving will be made of pervious pavers and decomposed granite to allow for additional on-site soil percolation with environmentally conscious drainage, Slade said.
“It’s of course important to the bigger picture, the environment,” Slade said of the community’s sustainable focus, “but it’s also important to buyers. We’re seeing that buyers are more educated about these things, and that they are looking for those green features.”
The project was expected to break ground Wednesday, and the homes are expected to be completed sometime next summer, Slade said. The company will begin offering the homes for sale by the end of this month, he said.
Slade declined to disclose the cost of the project, as well as the projected price for the homes, saying that the company is meeting next week to determine the official price of the units, as well as discuss the projected project costs.