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Accessible, environmentally friendly E Lane condos in bloom in Carnegie

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E Lane @ Carnegie condos, which broke ground last summer, are in bloom this summer. Of the nine planned units, one is completely constructed and ready for occupancy, and a second is ready for custom finishes.

Husband-wife developer team Ben and Amy Bonham, of Moon Township-based Bonham Asset Management LLC, say the open houses have been highly attended, with much interest from older couples and those in wheelchairs.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos, which can be finished for about $189,000, are located four blocks from Carnegie’s main business corridor and five miles from Downtown Pittsburgh. The for-sale homes are designed to be wallet-friendly, environmentally friendly and also ADA-friendly. For the disabled, accessibility comes as single-level open floor plans, wide hallways, lowered light switches, durable flooring, integrated bathroom grab bars and more. For the eco-minded, E Lane offers low VOC paint, Energy Star appliances and common green spaces, among other features.

Bonham Asset Management LLC collaborated with Botanic LLC to develop a low-impact, low maintenance, natural approach to landscaping. The community features a stormwater retention pond, as well as perennial herbs and flowers and an edible orchard.

"The landscaping has grown in nicely," says Amy Bonham. "We currently have mountain laurel and lavender and strawberries, and will have blueberries soon, tea berries in the fall and witch-hazel in the winter."

E Lane's developers will be hosting this month's Pittsburgh Green Drinks event, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Cefalo's night club. Green Drinks, which is active in 533 cities worldwide, is a monthly informal gathering of anyone interested in sustainable living.

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Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Amy Bonham, Bonham Asset Management LLC

Image courtesy E Lane @ Carnegie
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