bettershelter + 12@Elden = green living at its best

12 @ ELDEN

Costa Mesa, CA –- bettershelter development, the cutting edge design team behind 1.7 Ocean, the highly- touted Westside Costa Mesa enclave, are pushing the limits of design inspired by going green while interpreting their coastal modern aesthetic with their latest effort – 12 @ Elden.

Located in Eastside Costa Mesa, 12 @ Elden is a prime example of smart design coupled with green building techniques and materials, resulting in a home that is timeless in both design and philosophy. For the 12 California bungalows on the property, every detail from the building process to the interiors and the grounds were thought of to give home buyers the total green experience including two community organic gardens.

“What we have with 12@Elden are great homes in an ideal community context,” comments Steve Jones, bettershelter partner. “We like working with what is already existing and enhancing it by applying our design aesthetic. It is the ultimate in “green building” – re-using and recycling have less of an impact on the environment than any type of new construction.”

In an effort to encourage the sense of community living within Costa Mesa and minimize the environmental impact of their development, bettershelter is maintaining the original footprint of the Elden bungalows built in 1963, with each home undergoing a frame-off redevelopment to be rebuilt using environmentally friendly materials such as recycled flooring, low VOC paint, energy efficient windows, doors and electrical wiring systems, options for solar energy and more.

bettershelter principals Steve Jones and Pete Zehnder believe that the preservation and renewal of existing buildings is an affirmation of the enhancement of neighborhoods and communities. This philosophy serves as the framework for every project they undertake and is most evident in 12@Elden.

For the design savvy buyer, the two-bedroom bungalows at 12@Elden will incorporate such features as a fireplace, custom kitchens and bathrooms, dutch doors and open floor plans. With lot sizes ranging up to 2000 square feet, each of the homes also boast a private patio area perfect for entertaining year round.

Scheduled to be completed in Spring 2008, the models for this new development are scheduled to open May 15 with the first phase of homes being released for sale shortly thereafter.

Bettershelter is a full service development company that focuses on providing unique and affordable housing for those who appreciate architectural design in Orange County. To learn more about the company, which is located in Newport Beach, log on to the website at or call 949-777-5643.
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