Green Condos

These are articles about Eco-conscious green condo buildings.

There are currently 12 blog entries related to this category.

LEED is about leadership in green thinking — it's intended to make buildings more efficient and better for the environment. You've probably seen a LEED certification on a building before, or perhaps you've seen it advertised in a new condo building that you are considering buying into. You probably already know that LEED means green.

However, as you might expect, it's a little more complex than that. Below, you'll find a quick condo-focused guide to the points that LEED considers, the process of reviewing projects and the various levels of certifications available.

An Introduction to Green Buildings

The USGBC is currently on LEED 4.1., and the program has expanded to cover various different types of developments. There are nine major

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While many of our clients are veteran home buyers, just as many are first-timers, haven’t bought a home in many years, or haven’t bought property in Texas (and things do vary some from state to state). So today I thought I’d take a few minutes to outline how we go about it here in Austin.

Step One: SECURE FINANCING

Austin’s condo market is hotter than its August temperatures, so it’s important to show a Seller you mean business. Either a letter from your bank declaring assets sufficient for a CASH PURCHASE or a pre-qualification letter from a lender stating your eligibility for a MORTGAGE will be needed to get your foot in the door when presenting an offer.

The first step for non-cash Buyers, then, is to get pre-qualified for a mortgage. Different

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With the amount of available downtown urban property available growing smaller and smaller, some predict that there will be an increase in high-rise buildings in suburban areas.  There were some suburban areas that sprung up with high-rise and mid-rise buildings as a solution for affordable housing in the suburbs in the 1950’s and 60’s, but the needs of communities and resources have changed drastically from that time.  The evolution of urban planning will bring a new approach to the future of high-rise development as we continue to grow in population requiring new housing to be built.


An interesting report was done titled: The growth of high-rise buildings in the U.S. suburbs by Montgomery Planning that looked at geospatial models based on city

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The new buzz talk is all about 3D cities.  As land becomes less available, developers are building up to greater heights than ever before.  But how does this impact the way people live in their daily lives?  Where will they work at?  How will they get the healthcare they need?  Where will the schools be located?  Where will they have room to be outdoors and enjoy recreational activities?


These questions are being addressed by a group of developers who are getting known for the urban planning of 3D cities.  These buildings are designed to help create a microcosm of things that communities need.  They are creating high-rise amenities far beyond the fitness facilities, screening rooms, lounges and roof gardens to become an independent economic and

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Ascend_Beverly_WestHollywood Reporter just reported on the increase in high-rise living choices in Los Angeles.  New condo buildings have appeared in various locations in Los Angeles with the increase in the desire to be closer to downtown vibrancy and live with a smaller eco footprint.  The Beverly West is an exclusive high-rise  built in 2013 has incredible views.  When you pull up to your luxury LA condo, they valet your car.  The doorman will greet you and then you can ascend to your residence in an elevator that opens exclusively to your space.  The Beverly also has a saltwater pool, fitness center and huge walk in closets.  The Ritz-Carlton Residences are another beautiful choice located on the 27th to 52nd floor and has private resident amenities including a sky

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Design by Ruye NishizawaEvery once in awhile, an architect catches our eye with incredible unique design.  Ryue Nishizawa designed this “Garden House” in Tokyo.  Ditching the typical concrete facade Ryue lines the exterior with plants so much so that a person walking by might think it is a a sort of mysterious magical high rise garden.  Inside the “Garden House” plants separate rooms and amenities to blend the indoor and outdoor experience.

Garden House by Ryue Nishizawa  

Design by Ryue Nishizawa
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A new study by the European Journal of Epidemiology shows that residents who live above the 8th floor are 22% less likely to die early.  The research shows that two major illnesses, lung disease and heart disease are lowered once people live above the eighth floor.

The only rate of death that increased as the floor number increased is, of course, suicide.  Those living on the first floor were 60% less likely to committ suicide by jumping.  We're a little surprised that it's only 60%...

So start living a healthier life and Search for a High-Rise Condo now!

Highrise condo for sale

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300 IvyThis spring 300 Ivy, a new mid-rise condo comes to Hayes Valley in San Francisco. 

This quaint neighborhood is surrounded by boutiques and some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.  Even better, 300 Ivy is a perfect location to take Muni quickly to all over the city.   The new building will have mixed use with retail on the ground floor and new SF 63 flats and townhouses.  There will be several amenities craved by SF locals including enclosed bike parking, shared outdoor courtyard, an outside kitchen and even a rooftop garden.

The roof at 300 Ivy will also capture the sun’s energy to provide 50% of the hot water for residents.  The roof will also have a sunbathing deck and breathtaking views of the city.  The units vary from studio to three

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Toolkit for Green High Rise LivingGreen Alliance just released a toolkit for high rise living.  In this excellent 50+ page document it shares some ways you can live a greener life and benefit from:
– warmer homes
– lower energy bills
– lower water bills
– stronger communities
– greener, more attractive neighbourhoods
– better, healthier transport options
– a healthier local environment
– access to cheaper fresh fruit and
vegetables through local food growing
– less crime and anti-social behaviour

These tips are a must read for the environmentally conscious home owner and also a great document to send to your property manager to see what can be implemented with little to no cost.  When you buy a highrise condo, this list can also be useful in evaluating the strength of the current green practices

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Top 10 Housing trend predictions for 2013

1)  Compact Design with Shared Common Areas

Shared Common Areas

We expect there to be an increase in compact design and shared common areas.  Not only are baby boomers needing to adjust to smaller spaces closer to their needs and desired amenities, the Gen X and Y’ers have been raised with smart growth as a responsibility and see financial risks with investing in homes after they saw the housing market crash.  Also, a small living space with a roof deck or garden area with impromptu meet up’s via social media or text provide a social outlet and common area.   In Atlanta, the new Sovereign has The Sky Terrace on the roof deck with saline infused pool, Jacuzzi, 2 outdoor gas grills and fireplace, soothing music, and superb

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