Markea Court Takes Shape on 700 East

Anyone interested in finding greener housing near downtown Salt Lake will soon be in luck due to the development of a new townhome project going up on 700 East and 300 South.

The Markea Court Townhomes has been in the works since Spring of 2010. Eric Saxely of Everest Builders is the building developer and contractor. He has owned the property since 2006 and plans to erect 13 2000-square-foot, single-family units. The entire housing complex will include two separate buildings—one with 9 units and the other with 4. Each unit will have 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Historically, this particular property has always been a residential location. Prior to the new Markea homes project, the property contained a couple of older single-family houses that were converted to duplexes. There was also a free-standing garage on the lot.

During the past few years, the construction industry has been putting a lot of emphasis on green building—particularly in the area of energy efficiency and low material waste. While the Markea Court Townhomes will not be LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) ranked, Everest is incorporating many green features in the construction. The builders are using energy efficient wood, glass, and other building materials. Several of the units will be plumbed for solar energy and contain solar panels. Buyers will be able to request the solar energy units as long as they’re available.

Purchase prices will begin in the low $300,000 range. The property owners also created a comprehensive web site that will post mid-November showing renderings and other features of the townhomes. The construction has been steady and a few of the units will actually be available by the end of November. The remaining units are slated for completion by the end of January, 2011.

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