Modern Green Solar Homes Open in LA

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Last year, we mentioned a community of 23 solar-powered homes, The Mews in Atwater Village, under construction in Los Angeles, California.  We now have some images of the model home and news that The Mews will have grand opening this weekend from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Each home comes standard with a grid-connected, 1 kW solar photovoltaic system, as well as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. 

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In addition to solar, which can be upgraded to a 3 kW system, these Corsini + Stark-designed homes include extensive daylighting, operable clerestory windows, natural ventilation, Grasscrete permeable paving, bamboo flooring, drought tolerant landscaping, and energy efficient appliances. 

Because of the much talked about small lot ordinance in the area, the developer was able to put The Mews together at a more approachable price.  Indeed, according to a recent press release, these homes will cost about $100 per square foot less than the average Atwater Village home. 

The Mews each have about 1,500 – 1,600 square feet of space (not including the garage), and if you're in the market for green living, this seems like a stylish prospect.  Pricing starts from $599,000. 

[+] Learn more about The Mews in Atwater Village.

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Photo credits: RLG Properties, Inc.


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  • Anonymous

    Great design. Love all the natural light!

  • http://progressivetimes.wordpress.com/ T. Caine

    These look pretty good. Very clean details. Good materials. The use of natural lighting is well done. It’s clear that the designers took the time to make a good product. Ironically, they are pitched as solar homes but I do not know how much a 1 kW system will produce as a percentage of total usage.

    I live in 450 SF and used 243kWh last month. I consider myself fairly power conscious (CFLs, low-voltage recessed lights, power strips on all electronics to turn off when not in use.) With an average of around 5.4 sun hours/day in L.A. this time of year, a 1 kW system would only produce around 162 kWh.

    • Anonymous

      Good points, the 1kW comes standard, but is upgradable to 3 kW.

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