If you’re wondering what an expanse of fake grass is doing in the back yard of a $1.345 million home around the corner from Antidote, Premium Draught, and the Sonoma Wine Bar in the Heights, the architect of the 4-bedroom, 3,769-sq.-ft. structure has an answer for you: “The synthetic grass was the owner’s idea, which had my full support,” Cameron Armstrong tells Swamplot, after an email from a reader alerted us to the astroturfing issue. “It’s 100% recycled material, and significantly reduced our landscape irrigation needs,” the architect notes, “which gained the project some points during LEED certification (Silver).”
Ouch! Does learning that last bit give you a brain cramp? If so, you’re not alone:
Armstrong, who documented the design and construction of the 2010 home on his website (where the project is labeled “Stude,” after the official neighborhood name), points to a couple of pics showing the “priceless” moment when the home’s LEED rater, Polly Ledvina, got her first look at the lawn samples. “I’m pretty sure she didn’t get into the LEED world in order to award sustainability points to fake grass,” Armstrong says.
The home at 734 E. 8th St. was first listed for sale at the beginning of August.