May 2017 Construction & Sales Update

That’s a wrap! With the singular “tall-skinny” unit in the Tsuga now complete, Grow Community transitions away from the Grove neighborhood and into our final phase. But if you’ve not seen that unit – a unique three-story layout, with a spacious outdoor deck on every level, a loft area for a home theater or den, and a private elevator to every level  –  stop in and see what make it so distinct.

Meanwhile, at the Park: The Lilac townhomes have earned occupancy certificates from the City of Bainbridge, with touch up work just wrapping up.  Our first owners will be in by the end of this month –   more amazing people joining Grow, whose homes all front the Park’s signature greenway.

The Sage condominium homes are on pace for completion from early July to early August. Interior work is underway, while exterior siding will be wrapped up by early June.

The Community Center will be taking shape through June with completion of the roof, windows, exterior siding and interior fixtures. We hope to host an event in the building in mid-June as a “soft opening” of the space, and transition control of the building to the homeowner association later this summer.

Landscaping and grounds items are also taking shape in the Park, and a little sun goes a long way. Watch the carpet of green roll its way south toward the Shepard Way end of the project, with construction of our final buildings there soon to follow.

With all these great units coming online, we’re still missing one thing: You. Six beautiful condos are now move-in ready in the Tsuga and Salal, and five townhomes including two spacious 3-bedroom units.

Not ready to buy? Experience Grow Community living in a 2- or 3-bedroom rental unit, now open in the Juniper.
Contact our sales office and see these outstanding units today, and join our community for healthy, happy living.

Urban Land group visits Grow

The prestigious Urban Land Institute held its Spring Conference in Seattle in early May, and Grow Community was both hot topic and host.

Grow welcomed thought-leaders in spheres ranging from development to investment, planning and design, as they came to Bainbridge Island for site visits throughout the conference.

Grow has been part of the ULI conversation since the project began, our community being a case study for creating healthy places, promoting intergenerational living, and integrating sustainability at scale.

Discussion threads running through the week included:

Creating a legacy. Pooran Desai, founder of the organizations BioRegional, which established the One Planet Living Principles, described effort at Grow as a legacy – both for the region, and in changing the conversation around the way we develop future communities. While the project has had many twists and turns, its consistency around creating a place for all ages to be comfortable and live in a more sustainable way is a profound achievement.

Intergenerational living. Visitors from the ULI appreciated Grow’s commitment to developing a community with many varied home types, to give people at every stage of life a comfortable place to live. It marks a change from development patterns often seen in the United States, where we tend to segregate generations, versus other communities around the world that embrace keeping mixed generations together.

Sustainability. Many of the ULI visitors came from places where a push for sustainability is just beginning, compared to the Seattle region where it is becoming the norm. Visitors were impressed by the range of areas where Grow challenged the norm: energy, materials, solar, and open space. Built Green standards allowed us to use a local certification program and consider our efforts from a neighborhood level, integrating our sustainability goals through One Planet Living. Grow gave visitors a model they can follow and incorporate into their own communities.

The Grow Community development team and investors thank residents for continuing to allow for guests like ULI to visit. These visits and conversations plant the seeds for other communities to come. They also provide the inspiration for others to take on the challenges of sustainable growth and living – allowing others to take what we have learned here, and spread the best of what we have for our One Planet.

Grow sponsors new ‘terrestrial’ podcast on KUOW

Grow Community is all about making smart choices for the Earth – how we build and how we live.  Now we’re proud to sponsor the new podcast “terrestrial” on local radio station KUOW, exploring “the choices we make in a world we have changed.” Host Ashley Ahearn travels the country — from ranches in Oregon to churches in Colorado — to bring listeners stories about people making personal choices in the face of environmental change.

Subscribe to “terrestrial” through Apple podcasts, or listen online at here.

Unique 3-story home in the Tsuga now on the market

One of our most striking and unique residences is now on the market and move-in ready. The three-story layout offers a majestic vaulted ceiling and loft space over the main living room, with a spacious outdoor deck on every level and a more-than-generous area for a home theater, workout room or den. The home offers 1,700 sf spread over three floors, with its own private elevator for convenience.

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Click here to learn more about homes still available to purchase in the Tsuga

April 2017 Construction Update

Spring has sprung at Grow Community, and our second and third neighborhoods are bursting forth.

First, at the Grove: Our last unit (D103) in the Tsuga is a very cool home, is now on the market, and move-in ready. With only five homes left in this building, the time to visit is now! Outside we’re doing some landscaping touchup and tree replacement – after one of our more memorable (read: cold and wet) winters, our plants are taking a bit more time to bud, but they’ll get there soon.

Next door at the Park: The Lilac Townhomes are in the finishing stage with prep for move-in now underway. All major work items are complete, with only cosmetic work left before the final clean. We’ve filed with the City of Bainbridge Island for occupancy, and we should see our first residents here by May!

The Sage remains on schedule for a summer completion. Elevator work, drywall and exterior siding are in process, while finish work on the inside (including cabinets) is expected to begin at the end of April. Landscaping throughout the Park will continue through summer.

Linking them all is the Community Center, where framing should be completed this month; roofing and windows will follow soon. You’ll see more activity around the center with the addition of new walks, planters and landscaping. We hope to host an event in this great new space (even during construction) to celebrate its importance as a new hub for our community – watch for an announcement in May!

the Lilac Townhomes bloom for spring

Plenty of projects promise a “park-like setting.” Grow Community offers you an actual park. Now selling for spring 2017 move-ins, the Lilac townhomes are designed in harmony with the beautiful outdoors. Each unit opens onto an expansive community greenway, bringing the signature Park right to the threshold of your cozy, covered front porch.

Spacious 2- and 3-bedroom layouts are available (1,320-1,653 sf.), offering open floor plans downstairs and comfortable living spaces above. Homes are rich in natural light thanks to generous windows and thoughtful layouts.

Broad, inviting backyard decks give you plenty of room for summer barbecues, outdoor dinners or just enjoying the sunset. And a solar option is available for all units, letting you harvest all that sunlight for sustainable living.

All parking is tucked away underground (with added storage space), leaving the area around your home open for more natural features, more Northwest landscaping, more quiet pathways … more Park.

 

Seasons Turn – March 2017 Construction Update

The turn of seasons brings splendid new growth at Grow Community — Lilac townhomes are coming online, the first homes to be completed in our new Park neighborhood. Finish work is now underway inside the units, including counters and fixtures, while exterior details should be wrapped up over the next couple of weeks. Landscaping will follow, to the same lush standard of native greenery found throughout Grow’s first two neighborhoods.

Work continues on the Sage building, while the Community Center should begin to spring up from its concrete pad in the coming weeks.

Public Open House: Sunday Feb 26, 2017

Model home (D201) and community tours.  Snacks and beverages provided. 

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE   |  SUNDAY FEB 26, 1-4pm

We still have room for you…
Great opportunities to purchase and rent are still available in the Grove & Park neighborhoods with their mix of single-level homes, townhomes and single-family residences. With beautifully designed, ultra-efficient solar homes, the Grove & Park set a new standard for healthy, sustainable living.

Please stop by our open house in model home #D201 on Sunday Feb 26 or contact our sales & leasing team for more details:  206.452.6755   live@growbainbridge.com

The Grove – looking at the Salal and Juniper buildings

PSE celebrates Grow’s energy efficiency program

Puget Sound Energy visited Grow Community recently to celebrate the success of our Energy Efficiency program for Multifamily buildings.

Our development team and PHC Construction welcomed PSE officials for the occasion, to fete an effort that has been ongoing for several years.

Incentives from the PSE program helped offset costs for the heat pump hot water heating systems within the Salal, Juniper and Tsuga buildings.

Coupled with rooftop solar production, the program has greatly reduced energy costs in these multifamily buildings. Owners benefit additionally from solar power net-metering and production incentives.

We hope to repeat the program with other multifamily buildings now underway in Grow’s third neighborhood, the Park.

“It was a great morning visit, and an overdue tour for the PSE team that has been working with us to help Grow’s goals of energy efficiency,” said Greg Lotakis, project manager. “PSE has been a great partner.”

Grow Community’s multifamily solar program was chronicled recently at Solar Power World Online. Read the story here.

Winter marches on, so too the final touches on Grow Community phase 2, the Grove

Finishing crews are now wrapping up the Tsuga’s “tall skinny” unit with its unique three-floor layout, while two recent sales elsewhere in the building mean we’ll be welcoming some more new residents to the community soon.

Meanwhile in the final phase of Grow, the Park:

The Lilac townhomes are coming along apace, with the completion date and move-ins beginning this spring. These fine 2 and 3-bedroom townhomes are now for sale.

Just across the grounds, work on the Sage is in full swing, with the roof nearing completion and finish crews going to town inside.

Permitting for the Trillium and Meadow Homes at the south end of the Park is still in process, but we are already prepping for work by removing excess dirt from the site. Progress on the Community Center (currently an expansive concrete slab) will resume once the framing crew is available.

And out in the Park grounds, site paths and concrete work continue as we begin knitting together “greater Grow”– the Village and Grove neighborhoods will soon be linked with the front of the Lilac by convenient pedestrian paths.

With the dark days of winter still upon us, can spring be far behind?

No! And that means you’ll soon see more landscaping work in both neighborhoods, as we do a final tidy-up of the Grove and work our way through the Park toward Shepard Way.