Orange: “Green” Condos or “Bad-Idea” Condos

Save the earth!

We can all agree that “going green” is a good idea. However, in this instance, it looks like the whole “green” thing is just a disguise to hide a really bad location with a bad rep. OC Register’s Jeff Collins posted on the City of Orange’s condo project that has met green standards:

A condo project near the Orange traffic circle that features solar panels, drip irrigation and energy-efficient appliances last week became the first housing development in Orange County to get an environmental rating under national green homebuilding standards.

The first triplex built at Depot Walk — a 32-unit project of brownstone-style buildings — received a silver rating under the U.S. Green Building Council’s “LEED for Homes” program, said Patti Heath of Davis Energy Group, which administers the LEED certification programs in California and Nevada.

What’s interesting, as pointed out by the comments on Jeff’s post, is that this community is practically on the train tracks. I wonder if the whole “green” thing is really just to distract people from the poor location. Without the green aspect, would anyone really want to buy these places. Down the road, when most properties take on more eco-friendly upgrades, where are these condos going to be? Unsaleable just might be right. Also, it’s rumored to be haunted… although I’m not sure if this will deter the majority of the buyers.

Don’t get me wrong, I do applaud the efforts of anyone who is trying to make our earth a better place and to provide more central living.  Here’s a property in the community currently listed for sale:

519 West Maple Ave, Orange 92868, 3 bed/2 bath; 1,480 sq ft; $569,990

  • Sheryl

    What an idiot! These condos are a GREAT investment. I bought one and am going cash flow positive on it on rent. The tunnel is going in that directly links these places to the university. Chapman owns & is revamping that entire area. I am lucky I got one!