Frequently Asked Questions
How will you ensure that each of the homes look different?
It would be almost impossible for 2 people to design the same unit. There are many exterior choices and a simple change such as siding rather than brick will make the home look completely unique. On the remote chance that 2 people want the exact same home next to, or very close to each other, we will work with them to relocate their home or add some items to dfferentiate the two.
What about the odor from the sewage treatment plant?
More than two dozen scent misters have been installed at the plant that shoot vanilla scented mist into the air from 5 am until midnight. The response from residents and business in the area has been terrific. Learn more in the WLOX News Story.
What are the insurance costs?
Each unit will carry its own homeowner's insurance policy. Rates are reasonable due to the type of construction and the units are built 18.5 feet above sea level, 4.5 feet above the required amount. We have received quotes of near or below $3,000 for a homeowner's policy, depending on the home and amenities. Since the home is built above the flood zone, those rates are extremely reasonable as well.
How much will the Homeowners Association dues be?
Maintenance-provided courtyard HOA Fees are estimated to be below $250 a month. This includes the property maintenance will cover all grounds keeping, pressure washing of the units and common areas, common area lighting, and water and taxes on common areas. This number is subject to change based on several factors; however it is based on actual estimates that we have received.
Will I be able to rent out my home?
Yes. We will have a 30 day minimum rental in the covenants. We see a good mix of renters and owners who want to live close to the water, with little maintenance and within walking distance to downtown.
How will you minimize the sound between units?
Since the shared wall is actually 2 individual walls with a 3 - 4' air gap between them, the vibration of noise passing through the wall(s) doesn't happen as will a unit to unit type build. The solid structure of a wall (the framing) is where the noise vibration passes through. While insulation may help some, it does not stop it completely thus transferring sound to a neighboring unit. The gap we place between the exterior walls of each unit stops sound waves from passing through to minimize noise coming through the adjoining wall.
Is there an elevator option available?
The units were originally designed for it. We decided against it when we learned that it may affect the flood insurance of the units; however we believe that we have found a way to eliminate that concern and offer it as an option. If you are interested in that as an option, please see us for details.