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Two Triangle neighborhoods make list for top 'green' homes

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Triangle Business Journal

Two housing communities in the Triangle, Carpenter Village in Cary and Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, rank among the top 10 neighborhoods for green homes in the U.S.

That’s according to the data analysts atRedfin, a national real estate brokerage firm, which compared home listing descriptions among the 20 major metro markets that Redfin covers, including the Triangle.

Carpenter Village, a now well-established neighborhood in northwest Cary, ranked at No. 3 on the list with 37 percent of its home listings detailing green or energy-saving features.

Briar Chapel, a community that is still under development by Newland Communities on U.S. 15-501 near Chapel Hill, ranked at No. 10 with 26 percent of its for-sale listings including details about green features and amenities.

To compile the list, Redfin data analysts searched through home listings to find those that have “green” features mentioned in the listing description, including solar panels, low-flow faucets, Energy Star appliances, dual pane windows and other environmental ratings like LEED.

The Redfin report also showed that green homes can sell for more money.

On average, the median sale price of homes with green features was $47,600 higher than for homes without green features. Green homes for sale are also, on average, six years newer than non-green homes.

The top-ranked neighborhoods on the Redfin list were Valley View in Chicago and Mueller in Austin, both of which had 39 percent of its homes listed with green features and amenities.

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