A new planned community is showing that it is possible to create luxury living with a consideration for the environment. The new Windermere on the Lake planned community in North Stamford, Connecticut, is giving the development concept a brand new spin, complete with luxury homes, resort-style amenities and environmentally conscious planning. Spread over 74 acres of rolling green hills and natural forests, within a stone's throw of the sparkling waters of Lake Windermere, this carefully planned community of twenty-four homes is a model for future luxury green developments to follow.
The design of Windermere on the Lake is based on England's Lake District, with its beautiful architectural details and classic landscaped gardens. Featuring a gated entrance for privacy and security, luxury resort-style amenities and careful consideration of the natural environment, this community may be just the right fit for families seeking a beautiful home in a tranquil setting. In fact, the beautiful natural surroundings may be one of the most important features of Windermere on the Lake. Just as important as the homes being built is the preservation of what came before.
Twenty-five acres of the total parcel have been donated to the Stamford Land Conservation trust. Another twenty-five acres will be kept undeveloped to preserve the natural, open feel of the land. Other important features of the project include wetland preservation, buffer zones for the protection of habitats, and use of native species of plants to replace invasive species. To help future homeowners better enjoy all Windermere has to offer, planners created a network of trails throughout the property that make it convenient and enjoyable to explore the natural sights and sounds.
Although the beautiful, natural setting can be a strong draw for homebuyers, the distinctive Windermere homes offer something not found in other developments. All homes feature a similar aesthetic, specifically that of the 19th century Arts & Crafts style of architecture. Instead of being built "on" the land, the homes are designed to be a part of the natural setting, blending with the landscape and the other homes. Homeowners can select from four home styles: Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire and Westmorland. Each basic style includes many design options as add-ons, including wine cellars, home theaters, radiant heating, and swimming pools. Available green options include low VOC paint, geothermal HVAC, energy controls, and propane heating. The first house built in the Windermere on the Lake community has already met the U.S. Green Building Council's strict guidelines for LEED certification.
It seems that Windermere already offers all the features a buyer looks for in a luxury home development: eco-conscious, beautiful, secure, and private. But that’s not all Windermere has to offer. Homeowners will also be able to enjoy additional amenities such as professionally maintained grounds, access to pools, a fitness club and fishing, and optional luxury custom additions to the homes.
Future homeowners would have to search far and wide to find a community like Windermere. Homes designed by a skilled architect and the first LEED certified luxury home in New England, decorated by a professional designer and landscaped by one of England's foremost garden designers. A lakeside setting that is both beautiful and suitable for families that are looking for nature right outside the door. All of these luxury details are within a secure setting, just forty minutes from Manhattan.