Mirabella Goes Big in Green Homes


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, March 30th, 2016 – The choices for energy-efficient and environment-friendly homes in Bradenton have widened further with the recent of confirmation that homes of the new neighborhood of Mirabella at Village Green qualify for certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

The final LEED certification for Mirabella residences is expected at either Gold or Platinum, the highest level achievable under standards of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to Venice-based Calcs-Plus, the USGBC third-party certifier documenting Mirabella’s LEED compliance, this community could emerge as the largest subdivision to achieve the highest level of certification.

Mirabella joins several other green-certified communities with attractive homes for sale in Manatee County. These include those neighborhoods at Lakewood Ranch where homes are built to standards set by the Florida Green Building Coalition.

Homes for Active Lifestyle

Mirabella Goes Big in Green Homes

Located along Village Green Parkway in West Bradenton, Mirabella broke ground in June 2015 and is programmed as a gated neighborhood with a total of 160 villas. This subdivision is geared for age 55-plus residents and is being marketed as an active-adult lifestyle community. Its developer is LAGOinvest, a micro-multinational company with business interests in Fort Myers as well as in Hong Kong and Germany.

The residences of the Mirabella neighborhood are being developed in a 42-acre site that was a former executive golf course around which homes of the larger and older Village Green community were built. The new LAGOinvest development got added LEED certification points for its taking over an old golf course amidst an existing suburban community. The USGBC favors infill developments like these as they do not add to urban sprawl.

Significant Cost Savings

The developer claims that its LEED-certified builds will be 40 percent more energy-efficient than a typical new home and 70 percent more efficient than an existing residence. The indoor air of Mirabella homes will also be cleaner and their interiors quieter and more comfortable, according to Synergy Building Corp. which is handling the home construction in the neighborhood.

Energy savings are typically generated in LEED-certified homes through such features as exterior walls with heat-blocking foam insulation, energy-efficient windows, and bathroom/ kitchen exhaust fans. Other USGBC benchmarks are Energy Star-qualified appliances, well-insulated attics, and drought-tolerant landscaping.

Also favorable for LEED certification whose standards are recognized worldwide, material wastage in home construction in Mirabella is reduced to the barest minimum. Construction materials left in a finished villa are used for the next build.

Neat Price Package

The cost of building Mirabella homes compliant with LEED standards is estimated at about 5 percent of their selling price. At current listings of Sarasota homes for sale, the price points of the community’s villas start $277,880 as quoted for a 1,524 square-foot home with two bedrooms and two baths.

The residences in this neighborhood are designed as paired villas spread along a main road with a roundabout branching out to five streets that end in cul-de-sacs. Many of these residences back up to ponds providing gorgeous water views.

Prize-winning Amenities

The amenities set in Mirabella include a clubhouse, swimming pool, a fitness center, and a dog park. Maintenance of the neighborhood’s common areas and facilities, including privacy gates and electronic entry system, falls under a homeowners association.

Mirabella was one of the featured communities and awardees in the 2016 Sarasota-Manatee Parade of Homes which culminated in March. Entered amongst communities with 151-200 multifamily units, it garnered the best entrance way, amenities and overall features perfectly matching its green-certified residences.