“We wanted to deliver a home to these buyers that was way above par,” said TJCLT board member Keith Smith.
Smith said that the energy costs will be close to zero, because the houses are both energy efficient, with thick walls and high-performing windows, and are outfitted with solar panels.
The land trust is working to get a nonprofit tax exemption for the land portion of the homeowner’s taxes, Jacobs said.
Bramante Homes Inc. built the Nassau duplexes, which are listed on Nest Realty for $215,000. Nest Realty lists other projects by Bramante Homes at prices between $540,000 and $720,000.
“This is our first, big jump into community give-back like this,” said Christopher Brement, of Bramante Homes.
Brement said that he was lucky to know about the project early on, because “to be honest, there was competition to be able to donate services to a cause like this.”