West Hollywood's Green Corridor

May/June 2008
A version of this article appears in the May/June 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 01, 2008
Just a few hundred yards from some of the busiest streets in West Hollywood, Developer Monte Stettin sits in a home on Westbourne Drive, where silence reigns, despite the traffic. “Thousands of people pass through this neighborhood every day, but you don’t hear any traffic noise inside this home,” Stettin says. “There is a tranquility that you don’t often find in urban areas.” The Positive Energy Condominia are a series of green residences designed for single families who desire sustainable technology in a luxury setting. The homes range from 2,400 to 2,700 square feet, and are priced starting at $1,890,000. Once certified, the Positive Energy Condominia will be the first LEED Gold-certified homes in West Hollywood, representing a shift in attitude and taste for the average Los Angeles home buyer. Stettin, founder of the eco-development firm Positive Energy Group, is pioneering a trend that is long overdue in congested cities—green and sustainable communities. Green Inspiration The Positive Energy Condominia represent a career change for Stettin, who spent years in publishing and television before pursuing architecture and development. Stettin’s original inspiration for sustainable housing came after meeting architect Frank Gehry and subsequently ...

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