Homeowners at Magnolia Farms hope their homes will open the doors to a greener future. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The neighborhood features an organic garden. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kelly Emerine (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Will Harris (Source: WAVE 3 News)
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A new neighborhood in Kentuckiana is taking the idea of being green to a whole new level.
Magnolia Farms in Elizabethtown is the first of its kind in the state. The project is getting a lot of attention because of the amount of Eco-friendly amenities it includes. The neighborhood features its own compost and recycling site, eight foot wide sidewalks for jogging and offers a geothermal system and solar panels.
Homeowners at Magnolia Farms hope their homes will open the doors to a greener future.
"We're proud that we're not making as harsh of an impact on the environment,” the project’s marketing director Kelly Emerine said. She also owns a home in the development. “We're proud that we're doing something good for the environment, and we're proud that we are on the cutting edge."
The list of earth-friendly features used in the homes is long - the paint, appliances and flooring are all on it. The fireplace burns with a type of alcohol without gas or electric, even the insulation is made of recycled denim.
“It's extremely energy efficient, there's no Formaldehyde, no chemicals," Emerine said.
Some of the carpeting also made from a recycled material. "This carpet, you know, looks the same, you know, comfortable,” Emerine said while showing it off. “It's made out of recycled water bottles."
Around the block developer Will Harris showed off the neighborhood's organic garden.
"This is space that would have just gone to waste that is now being used for something that is going to help people live healthier lifestyles," Harris said. The garden is still under construction, but soon homeowners will be able pick up their fruits and veggies once a week.
Harris says the project is a success. "I think that for the longest time, it was, everybody looked at it as just kind of a fad, it will go away, but I think the proof is in the pudding," he said.
Currently, 15 homes are under construction. Half of the 50 lots were sold within six months. The lots which are least an acre in size will cost about $100,000 while the homes start at $350,000.
For Emerine, raising her family in an Eco-friendly home is worth it. "We hope people follow in our footsteps I hope my girls see that this is important," she said. "This is a home now that we plan to live in forever."
The organic garden will be harvested and maintained by a group of high school students. The developer says this project has become so popular that he is working on a similar concept at a nearby adult community.