Loyal readers will know that I have an affinity toward neighborhoods that do more than put folks in houses in close proximity to one another. I like neighborhoods that create communities. Neighborhoods that stand for more than just roofs over heads. I like places like RiverBluff. And I am proud to say that, thanks to one of Nest’s newest associates, Laura Winn Smith, she and I now represent such a place.
RiverBluff is a quiet little circle at the end of a cul-de-sac. (Yes, I have written about cul-de-sacs in the past.) It fronts the Rivanna River and the Rivanna Trail. It was a wonderful piece of land of just 19 acres. And thanks to thoughtful planning and a directed vision from the start, RiverBluff now has 9 homes, 1 home under construction, and 12 lots available for building. And of that 19 acres, more than 15 of those acres are still available for use by the community.
Those 15 acres are trails, and playgrounds, and community space. The land has been conserved rather than consumed. Pedestrians and visitors to the Rivanna Greenbelt portion of the city park system are still able to enjoy this land. And the residents of RiverBluff are richer for that community.
RiverBluff is more than just clustered houses. As I said, it was built around a vision. That vision is that land and homes do not need to overwhelm the environment. So, the houses are built to the highest of standards of sustainability. From green roofs to greywater waste systems. From super high efficient insulation to geothermal heat pumps. These homes are designed to impact the environment as little as possible. And the end result are buyers that don’t just “buy into” the vision, but live it out.
Rainwater gardens, community composting, active biofilters… all of these are intentional and desirable. And the beauty of the vision is that it does not require a specific style of home, just a consistent intent. Some of the homes are traditional, others are modern, but all are responsible.
RiverBluff and communities like it are the types of places that Nest Realty wants to work with more. We are proud that we have been selected to market RiverBluff, and I am proud to put my name on the sign out front. And many thanks to Laura Winn Smith who is working with me on RiverBluff. What a wonderful partner and what a wealth of information and energy.
I hope that as Spring arrives and this arctic tundra in which we live retreats, that many of you will make the drive down Market Street and Riverside Avenue to RiverBluff.