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Beautiful Buena Vista
Yesterday afternoon we stopped by to check out the newly completed Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Alameda Development Corporation/City of Alameda homes on Buena Vista Avenue, and can we just say we were impressed? We’ve seen a lot of “affordable” housing complexes over nearly a decade as a reporter here in the Bay Area (think stucco snowblocks painted in four shades of mustard and umber), and this one definitely ranks in terms of looks and quality.
The $3.5 million p
roject includes eight two-story, three-bedroom townhomes on the site of an old car wash that will house what looked like some very nice families, from the pictures posted on the side of each home. Several of the families selected to purchase the homes put 500 hours of work each into the construction process. And did we mention the homes have a lot of cool “green” features, including solar panels, engineered lumber and huamn-friendly paint and insulation?
Anyway, instead of me bumbling through all the details, I think I’ll let the photos do the talking. (And in case you’re wondering, the dog’s namer is Bollito. He was with one of the volunteers laying down some last-minute finishing touches before the big opening.)
And if you want more information on the organizations involved or other housing opportunities (Habitat’s got applications going in Oakland and Bay Point) check out Habitat here
and Alameda Development Corporation here