"There's a sucker born every minute"
As eco-friendly luxury homes fetch hefty prices from affluent buyers, Washington County may soon lure ones preparing for Armageddon.
A development group plans to break ground in late spring on the first of 50 sustainably designed homes that offer amenities like chef-grade kitchen appliances, housekeeping services, and shower filters that infuse water with vitamin C. Owners will also have access to a common lodge with a commercial kitchen and bar, a private beach and sauna, a meditation center, recreation facilities and more. Home prices will range to over $1 million.
But the Merriwood Sustainable Community, on 1,000 acres along Howard Lake in Robbinston, is also intended to be a haven from COVID-19, the effects of climate change and doomsday in general.
There will be a 100-acre organic farm that "can provide for the full nutritional needs of the community," according to a news release. A first-aid clinic will be onsite. Internet service will be available through a dedicated fiber-optic line and satellite backup system. Independent power generation, utilizing solar and perhaps wind technologies, will allow Merriwood to go off-grid if necessary.
Randall Solomon, who lives in New Jersey and is launching Merriwood with three partners, said it will cater to buyers who want an environmentally sustainable home for vacationing or year-round use — but also want a "plan B" if times get tough.
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