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Karissa Enger and Francis Donnelly are about to become homeowners for the first time. The pair are both in their 20s and both work for Target Corp. in downtown Minneapolis. House-hunting went much more quickly and easily than they expected.
“We visited a few homes throughout the western suburbs, came here and absolutely fell in love with the place,” said Donnelly of a new development in Robbinsdale called Parker Village.
Under construction now, Parker Village is comprised of 14 spacious townhomes on the southeast corner of Highway 100 and 42nd Avenue. The name pays homage to the land, which originally held a school called Parker Elementary. More recently, the former Robbinsdale High School used to be on the site. That school closed in 1982 and the building was torn down in 2005.
Donnelly and Enger were drawn to Parker Village for several reasons.
“I think the location is the most appealing because it is so close to downtown – a short commute,” explained Enger.
“The layout was superb,” added Donnelly. “The square footage is a lot larger than anything we saw and the price was extremely competitive.”
But the new development also has a few perks that are a bit less obvious. Parker Village is billed by the builder, TC Homes, as an eco-friendly neighborhood. Standard features include low-flow faucets, energy efficient appliances, eco-friendly paint, and carpet and countertops made from recycled materials. Each new townhome will be Energy Star certified, which is supposed to cut energy costs by up to 30 percent.
The president of TC Homes, Brian Tutt, says the layout and the materials were carefully planned to be eco-friendly.
“What we’re finding is that’s really appealing to people in their 20s and early 30s that really are just conscious of the environment.”
Both Enger and Donnelly see it as an added bonus to an already appealing home.
“I think it’s a great strategy. It’s really smart,” said Enger. “A lot of businesses are turning an eye toward being more eco-friendly. I think it’s what younger generations are looking for.”
The goal is to offer a new housing option in an almost fully developed city and attract a group of buyers that’s dominating this struggling housing market.
“The first-time homebuyer right now is a large segment of whose buying homes right now,” explained Tutt, “and I think that the location here works really well with young professionals that are working downtown.”
To further entice young buyers, Robbinsdale’s Economic Development Authority is sweetening the deal by offering a $5,000 zero interest loan. The money can be used for a down payment or closing costs and is forgivable after five years. That means if the buyer maintains ownership and lives in the home for five years, it’s doesn’t have to be repaid.
“It shows a commitment to revitalizing the neighborhood,” said Donnelly, “but it definitely is an incentive to come here and at least look.”
Parker Village is hosting a grand opening this weekend, Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The model townhome is located at 5114 Parker Circle, Robbinsdale at the corner of 42nd Avenue and Highway 100. There are about a dozen townhomes still for sale, which range in price from $189,000 to $220,000. Learn more at www.parker-village.com.
Jennifer Anderson reporting
January 21, 2011