Free organic treats and green model home tours on Saturday, Oct. 27

DepotwalksmallGreen model brownstones will be open for viewing Saturday, Oct. 27, at the new Depot Walk development in the city of Orange. To help draw in the crowds, developer Olson Homes has joined with Green Truck, a mobile organic lunch service, to provide healthy treats from local farmers markets.

The event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Depot Walk, 501 W. Maple Ave., just a few blocks from the dynamic Old Towne Orange.

The development of 32 homes, from 1,277 to 2,010 square foot in three stories, includes contemporary loft and live-work designs, and prices start in the mid-$500,000s.

When the project is finished, developers hope it will be the first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) neighborhood in Orange County.

Some of its green features:

• Depot Walk is an infill site, which means that no green open space was disturbed to build it.
• It’s close to the Orange Metrolink station. For getting points in the LEED program, proximity to public transportation is critical.
• All of the wood in the homes is from approved Forest Stewardship Council sources.
• The paint and the cabinets are selected from environmentally preferred products.
• The overall waste, which means how much lumber gets cut up but not used, is kept below 10%.
• The ventilation and exhaust systems are designed and built to minimize heat loss and particulates in the air.
• Hot water is provided with tankless water heaters, and toilets are efficient dual-flush models.
• Some homes have bamboo or cork floors, or both.
• All homes are solar-powered.

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If you do visit these model homes, with or without the benefit of organic goodies, please comment below and let us know what you discovered.