A complex of 130 solar-heated houses is planned for the Bryce Mountain resort community at Basye, Va.
Paul Bryce, the developer, said that construction is ready to begin on the first house. He said he has contracts for five of the houses, which will be priced from about $45,000 for an unfinished shell. The community is a skiing and recreation site that has existed for about 15 years.
Bryce also announced a plan to build a "fat farm" and health maintenance clinic in a structure that also will include a restaurant. He said that he hopes to attract persons interested in weight reduction and those who seek a recreation site as the place where they take annual physical examinations.
In starting the solar home project, Bryce said that he was motivated by the $420 monthly heating bill he had one month last winter on his own old house. He said that he has applied for a solar-heating grant available under a demonstration program of the department of housing and urban development.
The 500-acre resort community, located west of I-81 and about 30 miles north of Harrisonburg, Va., is on land that has been in the Bryce family for three generations. A major development and lot-selling program was undertaken in the mid-1960s. Since, then he said, 2,940 lots have been sold. The sites for the solar house are the last remaining unsold lots.
Bryce said that the resort now has 300 single-farmily houses, 36 town houses and 147 condominium units, built on the ski slope and around a lake.