Small Houses for Maine’s Aging Population

For two of Bridgton, Maine’s home builders, low cost, energy efficiency, and community amenities are key factors in building for the aging Baby Boomer population. Justin McIver and Mark Lopez are collaborating on a development called The Cottages at Willett Brook. Construction started in April on two of the “pods,” cul-de-sacs of 10 houses, out of the 6 planned pods (60 houses total). The community is designed for residents who are 55 and older. The small single-story cottages which are clustered around cul-de-sacs, range from 610-924 square feet. They feature open floor plans with a flex space that can serve as a second bedroom in addition to the master bedroom. They have one full bathroom as well as a laundry closet. Each cottage has a front porch in a range of sizes which gives them a homey, neighborly feel.

Exterior of a Cottage at Willett Brook

One of the cottages at Willett Brook. Photo Courtesy of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com

For $9,000 buyers can get a photovoltaic array (solar panels) which can handle heating and cooling, although not lights and other appliances. The houses are therefore also plugged into the grid, and the remaining cost of electricity is estimated at $35 per month. The houses are low-maintenance: all groundskeeping is taken care of by a small monthly HOA fee of $115. The community also offers optional garages and storage units for those having difficulty transitioning to a smaller lifestyle, and a community clubhouse with a fitness room.

Photo courtesy of The Cottages at Willett Brook

Interior of a house. Photo courtesy of The Cottages at Willett Brook

More and more green retirement communities are popping up with the aging population. Surely there will be more like this one in the near future. The Cottages at Willett Brook are located at 234 South High St., Bridgton, Maine. You can contact the community for more information at 207-647-3883.

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