Developer Andrew Brickman’s first attempt at creating energy-efficient homes resulted in a community of luxury townhomes in Rocky River called Eleven River.
“Eleven River was our first venture into trying to use intelligent design that’s both eco-friendly and sustainable,” said Brickman, a managing member of Cleveland-based Abode Modern Lifestyle Developers.
The project caught the eye of Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers, who asked Brickman if he could build a similar community in Lakewood. Brickman started searching two years ago for an ideal location to build the townhomes. His goal was to create a walkable community, which he believes is a “critical part of being environmentally responsible.”
The Clifton Pointe townhomes were constructed in two phases on the west side of Sloane Avenue. Phase one, which broke ground in January, included 17 eco-friendly townhomes. Phase two, opposite the first phase, recently broke ground. Phase two will consist of five homes, all of which have already been sold. Construction is expected to be done by next spring or summer.
The houses sell for $300,000 to $899,000. Each comes with a 10-year, 100-percent real estate tax abatement. Brickman said two townhomes from the first phase are available for purchase.
Dimit Architects in downtown Lakewood designed the Clifton Pointe homes. Brickman said the homes are appealing because they feature new construction, are in close walking distance to many amenities in the neighborhood and are made with low-impact materials.
“They’re for people who want a no-maintenance type of lifestyle,” Brickman said.
To make the houses classify as eco-homes, Brickman said they had to include certain features. All of the houses in phase one and two include Energy Star windows with special Low-E coatings, “green” roofs, bamboo flooring, air- and water-filtration systems, circadian lighting, vitamin C-infused shower heads and an outdoor compost machine. The houses also feature smart home technology, allowing residents to control heating and air conditioning, appliances and a security system through their iPhones. Brickman said the technology can save up to 10 percent on utility costs.
Continuing with the theme of being environmentally friendly, Brickman said the townhome communities feature programs such as community gardens or a bike share program in which all the residents are invited to participate.
Brickman is involved with two other projects in Northeast Ohio. River South, a community of 35 modern eco-homes about five minutes from Clifton Pointe, will be finished by next summer or fall. The houses, which start around $200,000, feature panoramic views of the Rocky River Reservation and are within walking distance of Kamm’s Corners.
Brickman is also looking to bring his luxury eco-homes to the east side. He said he is currently working with the city of Beachwood to gain approval for a project. His plan is to build homes on Richmond Road across from The Village condominiums. He hopes to finish the approval process with the city by the beginning of 2014.
“It’s going to be a similar community of no-maintenance modern eco-homes,” Brickman said. “They’re going to be the nicest homes on the east side.”