A new housing development will have solar panels and eco-friendly features.
Last week Caitac Corp. and Windermere Real Estate began selling 42 new duplex townhomes in what is being called the Spring Vista development in the north end of town. Six of the 21 buildings are either built or under construction in the Cordata neighborhood, just south of the North Bellingham Golf Course.
The project is the first phase of what could eventually be a development of around 300 homes, said Nate Kenoyer of Windermere.
Along with being equipped for solar production, the homes will follow Built Green guidelines, which include energy-efficient windows and thicker insulation. Kenoyer said the goal is to offer a solar, green, modern-looking home for under $300,000. The solar production will come with incentives and tax credits, which include selling power back to Puget Sound Energy.
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Given the difficulty of finding a new home for under $300,000 in Bellingham, Kenoyer expects these duplexes will draw interest in a busy real estate market. Whatcom County home sales jumped 18 percent in 2015, with the median price of homes sold in Bellingham reaching $325,000, according to a recent report by Lylene Johnson of The Muljat Group.
Kenoyer said he expects to see a wide mix of people showing interest, from first-time homebuyers to those around retirement age.
The three unit plans range in size from 1,053 to 1,576 square feet, according to the company’s website, springvistacordata.com.
The larger units will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the smaller ones will have two bedroom and two bathrooms. The neighborhood also will have a park and several open spaces, according to the company.