There are a lot of developments and areas that offer landscaping services. Some of the landscaping offerings can be basic and others extremely extensive. There are some builders in Ewa like Gentry’s new Seabridge development, which offer some landscaping in the front but require the homeowners to landscape the back. This can be a considerable expense, especially to a new homeowner.
The new Ho’opili Development by D.R Horton is taking landscaping up several notches. The area that the development is built on was mainly zoned as agriculture land for a number of years. This was part of the issues that took the developer so many years from purchasing the property to actually building homes. As you can imagine, many in the community did not want to see houses on what was once farmland. This was part of the almost ten-year struggle from purchase to groundbreaking.
Now that the developer D.R Horton is in full swing, they have become very creative. They have now started to plant edible landscaping. This is from bushes planted with lavender to spinach for ground cover and fruit producing trees. The idea is not only is the landscaping beautiful, but it is also part of organic farming and living on your own property. The homeowner does not have much control over what the developer plants, but trading produce with your neighbors is totally encouraged. What a great way to interact and meet your new neighbors. If you are growing bananas and the neighbor has mango’s you can trade your oversupply of fruit. This, if done correctly, can significantly reduce the grocery bills. If all the neighbors get together and discuss who has what the shopping list can be filled by walking down the street and trading.
The developer also has some plans for a closed street marketplace. This might include a farmers market, food vendors, and other neighborhood private street events. What a novel idea to plant self-sustaining fruit and vegetables instead of the traditional trees and landcover that is usually found through the island. I personally think this is a great way to encourage neighbor interaction and it also helps in reducing our dependence on outside sources. This is taking the farm to table concept up a notch by offering yard to table eating.
If you want more information about Ho’opili or want to see the community, please do not hesitate to get in touch so I can schedule a showing.