Roswell, Ga. Community Achieves LEED Platinum Certification
At Weatherford Place in Roswell, Ga., it is pretty easy being green and buying in gets you a $20K tax credit.
Located near the Chattahoochee River and about 30 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, Roswell is a great town for athletic families, sporty singletons as well as active seniors. It is one of Georgia’s most bike-friendly locales and community organizers do a great job of making sure that there are loads of activities for the whole family all year long. There are lots of outdoor concerts, art festivals and fun sporting events.
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Home prices in Roswell are some of the more reasonable in the city and the architecture varies from ranches and split-levels to traditional newer construction. They tend to be larger and have ample back yards and lots of greenery. It also has a unique Historic District that is home to Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation. Just a block away is a brand new planned community of earth-friendly homes called Weatherford Place where many of the homes have achieved Platinum LEED certification, which is no small feat.
To achieve LEED status through the United States Green Building Council, a project manager submits a list of goals to the builder and according to home many of those are achieved a rating is given. Water systems, building materials, waste management and even the numbers of trees that are removed are all taken into account. Part of the requirements for LEED certification is that the building must have easy access to conveniences such as shops, restaurants, entertainment, art galleries, cafes, parks, schools and libraries.
A feature we really like at Weatherford Place is the rainwater harvesting system on the homes. They have custom downspouts and gutters that direct rain into an underground cistern with a 1,880-gallon plus capacity for storm water management and irrigation.
The homes are pretty swell, too. They’ve got 10-foot ceilings on main floor; fireplaces in great room, master bedroom or some master baths, according to the plan you choose; pedestal sinks and porcelain tile floors in the powder room; iron balusters; an artist’s studio with cathedral ceiling and private bath and even French doors to flagstone balconies from the master suite.
In the common green spaces there is a gazebo overlooking Private Overlook Garden, a nature preserve and wildlife habitat with rock ledges and trails to Crossville Creek. It also has a professionally landscaped entrance with drip irrigation.
There are still a few homes still available and prices start at around $600,000. To find out more about these EcoCraft homes, see the Weatherford Place web site.