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Postgreen Homes’ Arbor House Condos to Double as Art Piece

It’ll merge architecture and art

Postgreen Homes, the real estate company behind multiple sustainable communities in Fishtown and Kensington, has just announced that its latest project has hit the market—and it’ll double as a intricate, otherworldly art piece.

Arbor House, named after the grove of Walnut trees that previously sat on the site, is a set of nine townhomes that feature two bedrooms and one or 1.5 baths. Compared to some of the new construction in Fishtown that are on the market for $400K-plus, these condos start at $280,000. The four units that hit the market yesterday, for example, have price tags of $280K, $299K, $310K, and $340K and they're all customizable.

The homes are still under construction, but Postgreen Homes offered a sneak peek of the web-like facade planned for the development, or what they call "nine homes wrapped in vines." The artist, Jenny Sabin, explains:

Featuring passive shading, "Light Web" undulates across the stoops, bays, and windows as laser cut steel panels, etched virock and responsive lighting offering both sustainable and functional features as well as levity and light in the neighborhood.

Chad Ludeman, Postgreen Homes president, says Light Web is in line with the company’s goals to "merge architecture and art into our projects to a level we've never tried before."

Like their other developments including Awesometown and Passive Project, the Arbor House homes are designed to be environment-friendly. They feature triple-paned windows, energy star HVAC, and "super insulation." They estimate that utilities will cost less than $100 a month.

You can check out the homes, which broke ground in May, in person next week at an July 26 open house of one of the properties at 2324 Memphis Street. It starts at 5 p.m.