November 28, 2008

Size, cost of 'green' houses trimmed

RIPON -- Residents have started moving into the new homes in Orchard View, the revamped development being built by Braddock & Logan Homes.

The Ripon subdivision on South Highland Avenue previously was called Irongate East, which had been designed with much larger two-story homes.

The builder not only changed the name to Orchard View, it created three models that are smaller, single story and less expensive. The homes now are 1,868- to 2,716-square feet with base prices of $386,990 to $451,990.

The 50-home development still has larger-than-usual lots of 8,500- to 9,500- square feet.

As its name implies, the subdivision is surrounded by orchards. Its wide streets are paved with European-style cobblestones; its parkways are landscaped, and it is near the Jack Tone Golf Course.

Orchard View has been certified as meeting the federal government's Energy Star standards. The homes are designed to exceed California's energy efficiency standards by at least 15 percent and include features that can make them 20 percent to 30 percent more efficient than typical homes.

The subdivision gets its electrical power from the Modesto Irrigation District, which has rates significantly lower than Pacific Gas & Electrical Co.

Braddock & Logan also is certified by the Build it Green program, which focuses on building livable communities with enhanced energy efficiency and indoor air quality, while conserving resources and water.

The company, which is based in Danville and has been building homes for 60 years, also offers to consider modifying homes to meet the accessibility needs of those with disabilities.

According to the developer, Orchard View homes are not part of any special property taxing districts, nor do homeowners get charged homeowners association dues or assessments. Orchard View's models and sales office are open daily at 997 S. Highland Ave., off West Main Street in Ripon. For more information, call 599-4511 or go to www.braddockandloganhomes.com.

Bee staff writer J.N. Sbranti can be reached at jnsbranti@modbee.com or 578-2196.

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