By Sue Botos
Even in good economic times, it may be hard to imagine buying a home that exists only as an architect’s rendering. For Rich and Maggie King, it took some thought, but the uniqueness and convenience of Clifton Pointe sold them.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” said Maggie King who, along with her husband, currently lives in Solon. The couple was attending the recent groundbreaking for Clifton Pointe, a $15 million townhome community off of Sloane Avenue in Lakewood’s West End neighborhood.
“Our four children have graduated from high school, and we wanted to downsize. We were driving through the neighborhood, and thought it was interesting,” said King, adding that the ability to walk to shops and restaurants not only in Lakewood, but across the Detroit Road bridge in Rocky River, made the move even more attractive.
The Kings aren’t alone in their optimism. Andrew Brickman, managing director of Abode Living LLC, which is developing the property, announced that 10 of the proposed 17 units have been sold, and three will transfer soon. “It’s kind of cannibalizing 11 River,” Brickman quipped, referring to his company’s townhome development on the opposite side of the Rocky River. Like Clifton Pointe, most of the units in 11 River had been sold before completion and four remain for sale.
The development will be constructed on a bluff overlooking the Rocky River and Lake Erie, and Abode is in the process of tearing down three existing houses. “We took three homes worth about $150,000 to $160,000 and are replacing them with something worth a lot more than that,” stated city Councilman Dave Anderson, whose ward (Ward 1) includes Clifton Pointe.
Preconstruction prices for the townhomes range from $329,000 to $699,000. Clifton Pointe will be Lakewood’s only development offering a 10-year, 100-percent tax abatement.
The units will be three or four stories, with private rooftop decks and attached two-car garages. The 1,600 to 3,000 square feet can accommodate three and a half bathrooms and two to four bedrooms. According to information provided by Abode, buyers can customize their home with the assistance of a free consultation with an associated designer.
As with Abode’s other Cleveland-area projects, Clifton Pointe will be “eco-friendly.”
Brickman stated, “I think it is the right thing to do in terms of social responsibility, and it is what the educated consumer expects,” he said. An on-site comprehensive recycling program will collect building materials that can be reused. Products used in the construction, such as insulation, concrete and siding, will be made from recycled products, and existing trees on the site will be conserved.
Inside the homes, energy-saving “Control 4 SmartHome Technology” will allow residents to control lighting, home theater, music, temperature and security while reducing utility costs and energy consumption.
A sense of community will also be a part of Clifton Pointe. A low-maintenance, sustainable community garden with a gazebo is planned, along with unique transportation options, such as a shared electric or hybrid car and community bikes. Because the development will have access to the water, kayaks will also be available.
During the groundbreaking, Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers welcomed the Kings, and other Clifton Pointe homeowners, to the community. “Big ideas take a long time,” he said, referring to the 15 months it took to get the project off the ground. He thanked Brickman and his associates for their forward thinking, “boldness” and “commitment to the project.”