Altair EcoVillage Concept

  • The site is a short walk from the heart of historic Kimberton, a small village in the midst of a revival, centered on Kimberton Whole Foods, but with new shops, a performance center, and housing development planned.
  • Clustered, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood of 35 moderately-sized homes, well-built, insulated, and energy-efficient.
  • Extensive common facilities, including a 3,000 to 4,000 square foot Common House, featuring a large kitchen, dining facility, guest rooms, storage areas, laundry, library, meeting spaces, indoor-outdoor seating, central mail room, hobby and craft areas, community performance space, exercise room, offices, and much more. Residents’ use of the Common House allows for moderately-sized homes.
  • Four to five acres of open space, including play areas, community garden, woods, orchard, outdoor recreation, and landscaped areas.
  • Each home to feature private yard, handicap accessible design, kitchen, downstairs bathroom, living room, dining room, with one to three bedrooms.
  • Duplexes available, allowing for a limited number of rentals.
  • Reduced energy bills through Passive House design, with minimal heating and cooling, solar Photo Voltaic (PV) panels, water-conserving fixtures, shared internet system.
  • Low-VOC (low volatile organic compounds) materials and sustainable products for a healthy, safe environment.
  • Low-impact site development with pervious paving materials.
  • Remote parking with shared carts for daily errands, deliveries, or moves.
  • A cluster that is EMF and “chem-free,” with reduced EMF and toxics throughout the community.
  • Facilities designed, managed, and maintained by members.
  • Home Owner’s Association, fee simple (not condominium) arrangement with monthly fee controlled by members.
  • Common meals several times a week managed by residents.
  • Interactive social events and celebrations year-round fostered by the residents.  Shared resources and healthy life-style open to all walks of life.
  • Community van pools for ride-sharing, errands, and connections to public transportation.
  • On a walking and biking trail system connecting the site with the French Creek watershed and adjoining woods, parklands, and fields.
  • Financial assistance options being explored through collaboration with traditional and non-traditional sources.
  • Average cost of the home (typical 2-bedroom): $300,000, with an estimated $50,000 of this for extensive “green” features. The goal is to build housing affordable to local teachers, policemen, and other working people.
  • Residents are “in it for the long haul” with very little turnover anticipated.  This helps justify the payback period of the green features. 

January, 2017