First Platinum Multifamily Homes in SFC

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Belles Townhomes, a new residential project in the Presidio, recently took home LEED Platinum certification, according to a press release by LivingHomes.  Designed by KieranTimberlake, the seven-unit multifamily community will open for leasing later this year.  Belles Townhomes overlooks shared green space and was developed by Forest City in partnership with The Presidio Trust.

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In addition to LEED certification, the townhomes are GreenPoint Rated with a score of 158 points.  Green elements include:

  • Energy Star appliances;
  • Compact fluorescent lighting;
  • Superior insulation;
  • Kohler low-flow water fixtures;
  • Rainwater collection in underground acquifer;
  • FSC certified cedar;
  • TREX decking;
  • IceStone and CaesarStone counters;
  • SWISSPEARL rainscreen system;
  • Formaldehyde free cabinetry; and
  • Sensors that monitor electricity, water, and gas.

Belles Townhomes units each have three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and between 1,655-1,687 square feet.  Also, each home has a ground-level patio, rooftop deck, garage, and private street entrance.

This project is LivingHomes’ first multifamily project.  Their second multifamily project in Los Altos is moving along swimmingly with updates posted every now and then on the LivingHomes blog.

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[+] More info on Belles Townhomes from Presidio Landmark.

Credits: Presidio Landmark.


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  • Leland Walmsley, ASLA, LEED AP

    How can this be billboarded as a LEED Platinum project with that much water-sucking grass? Grass in SF uses aproximately 10,000 – 20,000 gallons per 1000 sq feet per year. Here in Santa Barbara, basic common-sense, local regulations would prohibit the use of that much grass. So much for LEED and water efficiency…

    • Tech9iner

      your negative points are shared assumptively; sans any factual confirmation implied water use is in play mate?

    • Woods

      That was my first thought as well. Maybe they water it with graywater.

  • Guest

    Is it possible that some of the water need is addressed through the subterranean rainwater collections system?

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