Developer has grand plan for small homes in Bridgton

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Scaled-down homes near Sebago Lake tout energy-efficient and affordable living for older adults, part of a national trend toward green retirement communities.

For nearly a decade, Justin McIver has specialized in building higher-end vacation or single-family homes with mountain or lake views.

But the more he talked to those in their retirement years, the more McIver was convinced of a gaping hole in Maine’s real estate market for older, environmentally conscious people who want to simplify their lives but on a budget.

On Friday, McIver stood in the “clubhouse” of his latest venture – a planned 60-house development of smaller cottage-style homes on 29 acres in Maine’s Sebago Lake region offering what his company, Main Eco Homes, describes as “energy efficient living for active adults.” The largest of the eight homes already built or under construction measures just 640 square feet – or 16 feet wide by 40 feet long – and will cost homeowners just $400 a year to heat, cool and keep the lights on thanks to optional solar panels on the roof, according to McIver.

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