Sweet Pond Eco Community is an ideal home for those who want to live in an ecologically designed house surrounded by nature and near a thriving downtown rich in cultural and community activities.
Sweet Pond is located on 100 beautiful acres of hillsides, pastures, and woods (with trails) in the scenic southeast corner of Vermont. The land is rich in wildlife and perfect for birdwatchers, and thousands of butterflies visit each spring. Sweet Pond is an intentional community of nine freestanding homes (LEED certification sought) clustered in an apple orchard overlooking a pond.
The unique, beautiful Sweet Pond home was designed by a team of environmentally conscious and experienced architects, builders, and future members. Our goal was to incorporate the best environmental technologies and universal access concepts to create a comfortable home. The 1570 sq ft of space is an open-floor-plan design that has the feeling of a house far larger, with three bedrooms, two baths, laundry room, kitchen and dining areas, and patio that overlooks meadows, ponds, and mountains. It feels palatial at a fraction of the price of an oversized home. More efficient scale in homes means less consumption of fossil fuels and other resources in heating and building materials, and makes the homes easier to clean and maintain.
Sweet Pond is organized as a common-interest ownership community based on the principles of cohousing. Purchasing a unit entitles the owner to a house, membership in the community, and ownership of an equal undifferentiated share of approximately 83 acres of land to be owned by the community. The homes will share a common driveway, septic system, well, large community garden, beaver pond, and over 50 acres of preserved woodland. We own the land, have the design, have identified the builder, and have three families who want to join.
The location offers the best of country living and the convenience of being near good schools (public and private), colleges (Marlboro, SIT, Landmark), healthcare (hospital, alternative care), music (Marlboro and Yellow Barn Music festivals, the Vermont Jazz Center), theater groups, eight independent bookstores, and organic food (the Brattleboro Food Co-op and Farmersí Market). Indoor and outdoor sports include tennis, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and downhill skiing (Mount Snow and Stratton, 40 minutes away). Bradley International Airport is just 1.25 hours away; Northampton, Massachusetts, is 40 minutes away; Boston is two hours; and New York City is 3.5 hours (Amtrack has trains to Brattleboro daily).
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