With Al Gore leading the charge in educating the public about the dangers of global warming and fuel-efficiency standards under scrutiny as the average national gas price hovers around $3.00 per gallon, it seems that in environmental terms, the times, as Bob Dylan so eloquently put it, are indeed a-changin’. Here in Columbus, nowhere are these changes more evident than at The Keep, central Ohio’s newest green community. Located just minutes from downtown off of Lake Shore Drive near Fifth Avenue, this development gives new meaning to the word hideaway. It consists of 35 French-country styled luxury condominiums built into an immaculately landscaped and private bluff adjoining dedicated green space.
In fall of 2006, Cugini and Cappocia Builders, Inc. (CCBI), a Lewis Center based custom home and condominium builder, broke ground on their green building initiative with a pilot program at The Keep. As builders, Cugini and Cappocia work with contractors and third party consultants to make sure each of the project’s buildings are as energy efficient and comfortable as possible. And after this initial success, CCBI decided to expand the green building process to include their other Columbus area developments at Murphy’s Park in Powell and Frankfort Place in the Brewery District.
Green building incorporates three main ideas in the construction of a home: energy and resource conservation, improved indoor air quality and use of sustainable or recycled materials. Green features at The Keep include tankless hot water heaters, dual flush toilets, high-efficiency windows and doors, setback thermostats, low flow water fixtures, Energy Star appliances, insulated hot water pipes, continuous flow bath fans, recycled carpet and carpet pads and standard bamboo flooring. Sales Manager Carol Reeves reports clients are often intrigued with the green concept. “I think that when people are given the choice to do their part in protecting the environment, they do so and feel good about it,” she says.
Aside from strictly green features, there is no shortage of upscale amenities and upgrades at The Keep. Prospective buyers can expect exteriors designed in dramatic stone and stucco, private patios in each suite (balconies on the second floor), private garages, vent-less gas fireplaces, walk-in closets, oversized trim, cultured-marble vanities, granite countertops with under-mounted sinks, cherry or maple cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. “No two units are alike,” adds Reeves. “Traditional homeowners are shocked at how customized the builder will allow the condos to become.”
There is also no shortage of square footage at The Keep. Units range from the one bedroom / one bathroom Chateau floor-plan at just over 1,000 square feet to the three bedroom / two bathroom Mont Blanc floor-plan at just under 2,000 square feet. And yet, no matter which configuration is the best fit for a prospective resident’s needs, superior design creates an airy and inviting living space. Kitchen islands complement the open floor plans and contribute to excellent flow throughout each unit. Each unit even comes with dedicated laundry space as opposed to using kitchen or bathroom storage.
Compared to many downtown condo developments, the price range of units at The Keep is very budget-friendly. The one bedroom Chateau is listed at $164,950, while the three bedroom Mont Blanc lists at $279,950. Monthly condo association fees are based on square footage and range from $110 - $143. These fees will cover general landscape maintenance including tree and shrub care, grass, mowing, mulching, leaf raking, and weed and snow removal. Also covered are services to common areas including the state-of-the-art fitness facility, trash pick-up, reserve fund and select insurances. Homeowners are responsible for water and sewer and each unit is separately metered.
Prospective buyers are encouraged to contact Carol Reeves at (614) 419-1042 or Susan Doepping at (614) 419-6555 for more information on the property.