The world’s first self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam is coming in 2020: truly the height of Dutch innovation. The village has been designed and will be built by ReGenVillages.
So, how does this work exactly?
This 60-acre village in Almere does what it says on the tin – it’s going to be self-sustaining. This means that roads will only be the width of a bike or pedestrian path and no houses will have a driveway, so no cars allowed!
The surrounding landscape will be filled with fruit and vegetable patches and greenhouses, complete with collected rainwater, to feed the neighbouring residents. Rainwater will also be filtered through these 194 homes and then it can be used as drinking water. Any food waste that the residents have will be used to feed fish and other animals, which are used for farming. You’ll even be able to volunteer at the community centre and in return, you would get Home Association fee discounts. And if you want to go into Amsterdam and the center of Almere, self-driving electric buses and cars, located on the outskirts of this village will take you there. Clever, huh?
The construction company ReGen Villages, wanted to be able to tackle the issues of our time – population growth, housing shortages and environmental and sustainability issues. This is definitely one way of doing it!
How much will they cost?
Prices will range quite considerably within this village. On the lower end of the scale, the smaller houses will go for around €200,000, whereas a much larger place will go for around €850,000. Once you’ve bought a house there, you are expected to maintain the sustainability by helping out. Like I said earlier, as a reward you’d get HOA free discounts, which is possible by logging the number of hours worked by using blockchain technology.
When is this new village coming to Almere?
While 203 homes were approved by Almere in July 2018, ReGen filed for more land for more homes this year. If approved, they could be breaking ground in 2020!
The company are planning on creating more sustainable villages away from the Netherlands, in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, USA and Asia.
Click here to inquire about being a future resident. Will you be bagging yourself a new ReGen home? 😉
What are your thoughts on this new self-sustaining eco village near Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 14 August 2018 but was updated on 31 October 2019 for your reading pleasure.
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.