Eco-homes designed with environmental responsibility and sustainability in mind are getting higher in demand today. In fact, eco-conscious clients are willing to pay more for a sustainable home over a traditional one. Developers and architects are responding to this demand by offering forward-thinking properties designed to reduce impact and seamlessly blend into nature.
Charlotte of the Upper West Side, Manhattan
Considered to be the most sustainable condominium building ever built in New York City, Charlotte of the Upper West Side is designed by the celebrated BKSK Architects and engineered to meet the exacting standards of the German-based Passive House Institute, the state-of-the-art building boosts its residents’ health, wellbeing, safety, and comfort.
Located at 470 Columbus and West 83rd Street, Charlotte of the Upper West Side features seven sustainably-designed full-floor residences. The building’s architects, engineers, and development team went to extraordinary lengths to achieve Passive House certification, which is known to reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 90 percent. Robust insulation and airtight seals minimize air leaks and drafts, keeping rooms comfortable and quiet while significantly reducing energy consumption. Each residence also features its Swiss-engineered energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system that delivers fresh filtered outside air to each room of the home. Residences at Charlotte of the Upper West Side start at $10.74 million.
The Perigon, Miami Beach
The Perigon is Miami’s newest architectural marvel designed by OMA, the firm led by Rem Koolhaas. The interior design was done by Tara Bernerd, the designer famous for her work with hotels and yachts. Gustafson Porter+Bowman – the London landscape architects known for envisioning the grounds of the Eiffel Tower and the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain – was responsible for manicured landscape of The Perigon. There are 82 residences at the building, with pricing starting at $3 million.
Targeting LEED Gold certification, The Perigon is integrated seamlessly into the environment and boasts many sustainable design elements, such as electric vehicle charging spaces. Amenities include a resident-only oceanfront restaurant, speakeasy-style bar and conservatory with a daily breakfast bar, as well as a full slate of resort-style spaces.
One&Only Mandarina Private Homes, Mexico
Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is home to one of the world’s first collections of One&Only branded residences designed by acclaimed architect Rick Joy with contemporary style and sustainability in mind.
With 55 four-, five-, six- and eight-bedroom residences, One&Only Mandarina Private Homes feature the finest raw materials indigenous to the region, including clay, woods, precious metals and stone. They boast unique design elements such as private plunge pools, sprawling terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the natural surroundings, with pricing starting at $4.4 million. Owners enjoy the exclusive services and amenities at Mandarina resort, which include several restaurants, the KidsOnly Club and a world-class polo and equestrian club.
Fairmont Residences Mayakoba, Mexico
Fairmont Residences Mayakoba is a collection of boutique buildings comprising three-bedroom residences and three- to four- bedroom penthouses, with pricing starting at $1.4 million for full ownership and $219,000 for co-ownership. Designed with expansive floor plans and seamless indoor-outdoor integration, the homes offer newly reimagined interiors by Room 1804, with finishes including hand-crafted natural stone, tile and wood accents. Residents enjoy absolute privacy and exclusivity, paired with the remarkable services and amenities of the Mayakoba resort, including a scuba dive school, water sports center and several beach clubs designed to preserve and enhance the native landscape. Owners can even join in local conservation efforts at the Mayakoba Turtle Camp.
To protect the surrounding nature, mangroves and wildlife habitats, Mayakoba implements careful land planning and the preservation of open space.
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