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Living in Intown Atlanta is Green

Today is Earth Day, which seems like a fitting day to discuss ways to "be Green".  Well, one of the simplest ways to do this is to live closer to the core of a city.  Yes, living Intown is Green, in several ways.

The most obvious reason is that urban sprawl leads to long daily commutes, which leads to more automobile exhaust.  Even though we make a living by putting people in our cars to show them properties for sale, our suburban friends are shocked out how few miles we put on our cars compared to theirs.  The fact is, the overwhelming majority of our trips are well within a 5-mile radius of home.

Though you might think that a green oasis should be just that, lush with greenery, Manhattan may be one of the greenest places in the country, as ironic as that may sound.  The carbon footprint of the average Manhattanite is thirty percent smaller than that of the average American.  With nearly two-thirds of the population walking, biking or riding mass transit to work, the rate of car ownership in Manhattan is the lowest in the country.

Of course, with Atlanta's limited mass transit system, it's hard to compare us with New York City.  However, if you live and work in Intown Atlanta you'll use your car less without even thinking about it.  We can walk to grocery stores and restaurants from our home.  Even if we decided to drive everywhere we went, everything is so close and convenient that we drive far fewer miles than our friends who live in the suburbs.

Also, large apartment or condo buildings are more efficient to heat and cool than single-family homes.  There are...

Atlanta Green Homes

Whether it's environmental concerns, an interest in national energy independence, or just personal economic motivations, more and more home buyers are asking about "going green."  But in real estate, what does "going green" really mean?  There is talk of "green homes," but how do you know which homes are actually green?

Atlanta Green Real EstateThere are a number of local and national green building certification programs to help the home buyer make that determination, including EarthCraft House, Energy Star Homes, LEED for Homes and NAHB National Green Building Program.  For more information, our Atlanta Green real estate page gives an overview of each of these green building programs. But how does one put all this information to work in their home search?  Well, on most home search web sites, you're out of luck.  But here at Intown Elite, our property search engine is actually empowered to help you to find green homes. 

Our Atlanta Green homes page displays all the listings in the Atlanta area that are certified in at least one of the above mentioned green building programs. Living in a walkable location promotes better health, a reduction in greenhouse gas, more transportation options, increased social capital and stronger local businesses.  So, if you're in the market for a Green Home in Atlanta , check out our Green Homes Atlanta page, and feel free to contact us if you...