Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Affordable LEED Platinum

As sad as it may be to see the first home I ever built be sold...I've decided that 3140 Pennsylvania's days as a display home of affordable green home building are winding down. So, for all you green building lovers and those willing to subject yourself to lower utility bills and ultra-healthy indoor air quality then for the BARGAIN price of $205,000 I will hand over the keys to the 10th LEED for Homes Platinum certified residence in the United States - right here in St. Louis!

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Call me for a tour anytime at 314.922.4357 and start saving energy before the cold months have time to send your gas bill through your roof. JS

Saturday, September 27, 2008

EcoUrban First Unit SOLD!!!

Well, we here at EcoUrban have been peddling our green homes and communities for a couple of years and can finally answer the question of "How many have you sold?" with a bit more confidence after the sale of 3105 Magnolia on September 26th to two young attorneys who moved from a loft downtown. The owners were able to get a great deal thanks to the pleasant state of the real estate market and I am confident they will see a solid return on their urban, green investment - especially when we finalize the LEED for Homes certification upon the completion of the attached townhome at 3103 Magnolia.

In addition to the future value the owners will hopefully realize as the market improves...they will immediately see HUGE monthly savings with their 14 SEER high-performance heat pump, EnergyStar windows and appliances all on top of 2x6 modular construction with icynene foam insulation.

If you are feeling a bit jealous...there are still two existing EcoUrban homes available. Next door to our first sale is a mirrored floor plan with solid Grass Elements bamboo, stainless steel EnergyStar appliance and an opportunity to improve the HVAC efficiency with a higher performing heat pump (still to be installed) all for $179,900. And if living in a LEED for Homes Platinum certified home (The 10th in the country) seems intriguing our display home is still available for $209,900 and I can provide documentation of over $290K in disbursements related to the building and development of this awesome 1900 sqare foot home with 3 beds, 2.5 baths, Varenna kitchen, bamboo throughout, native landscaping and a 2-car garage. Our loss...is your gain!

Thanks for all the support and interest and I look forward to building on the success of our first sale!


Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Magnolia Townhomes Completed in Tower Grove East!!!

The west or inside unit is under contract but we are still seeking a committed green home owner for the east or outside unit with the larger yard.

Priced at $184,900 with up to 3% towards closing costs and prepaids.

2 Bedrooms / 2.5 Baths

1600 square feet

LEED for Homes Registered

Monday, May 12, 2008


I've heard a lot of discussion about a tipping point with regard to how/when people will REALLY start to change their habits and embrace a total shift in the way we conduct our lives on a daily basis. The fact is, I don't think it is that simple. While I understand the desire to want to see the green movement as a revolution, in truth it is more of an evolution. Slow, deliberate change and improvement over time mark this movement towards a healthier more efficient lifestyle. We have been marching towards greener lifestyles for some time now.

That said, there will be moments of punctuated change -- a time where the process speeds up. Judging from Friday's headlines, I think we are about to enter one of those periods.

Gas Prices Rattle Americans

World Begins to Smart from Oil's Too Rapid Rise

Let the Urban Migration begin...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Greenest Day of the Year

Green means many different things to many different people. On Earth Day, it's all about the environment. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day in Forest Park this weekend, as EcoUrban set up a table to inform/educate about our approach to green building. It was a great way to spend a sunny spring day in the park.

Talking to all kinds of folks to this end was great. More and more, I am blown away by the amount of information the average St. Louis citizen has when it comes to sustainable building. The change in the kind of questions we get the last six months has been staggering -- this town is very savvy when it comes to green and it's only getting better. Green is here to stay and I'm proud to be a part of it.

This week is a great time to think of little things you can do to green up your house and neighborhood. Every bit helps, even if it's something as simple as declining that plastic bag or reminding your local deli about recycling.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Longest Winter

While St. Louis struggled through what seemed to be the longest winter in recorded history, EcoUrban took some time to put the finishing touches on our Magnolia Townhomes. As you can see, they feature a historic exterior and warm, inviting interior finishes.

Our parent company, Brady Capital, just sold an excellent rehab next door, and 4 new homes are slated to be built just two houses down the street from our townhomes. Things are really looking up for the Tower Grove East Neighborhood thanks in no small part to the work of Alderwoman Kacie Starr Tripplett who really helped our cause by replacing sidewalks around our townhomes.

These are available now so be sure to drop us a line if you want to live green on a great corner just a few minutes walk from South Grand.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Starting the New Year with a BANG!!!

Our LEED for Homes Platinum dwelling @ 3140 Pennsylvania finally got the facelift we had been planning for several months with the installation of recycled aluminum cladding over the cedar battons. It was time we figured to quiet the detractors and to prove that contemporay modern design can be a quality addition to a traditionally historic neighborhood. Local contractor Mike Solomon put the cladding from Foreman Fabricators on over the past few days...and I can tell you the number of drive-bys applying their brakes has increased 10-fold.

Just a slight improvement...

Also, check out the great press we received from Louis @ Show-Me St. Louis:

Have a great start to the year and be sure to check out the updates to our display and our two historic homes @ 3103 & 3105 Magnolia.