OUR COMMUNITY PLANS

Photo Credit: McCamant & Durrett Architects.

 

Current Status:

ONLY 9 MORE HOMES AVAILABLE

We have mostly 3 and 4 bedroom homes available - ideal for families with children or multigenerational families.

We purchased a 3.7 acre site within walking distance to Valle Del Bosque Park and Rio Grande State Park.  We have created a site plan with a multidisciplinary team of architects and landscape architects. We received approval for our plans from the Bernalillo County Planning Commission in February 2019 and again from the Bernalillo County Commissioners in April 2019. We are currently further​ developing the design of our cohousing community, including the common house and all individual homes.

Note: This site plan was rendered for a 30 unit version of our cohousing community. Based on neighborhood input we reduced our unit count to 27 in order to increase the usable open space and agriculture areas to 62.8% of the site. This change is not reflected in this plan rendering.

Cohousing ABQ offers:

A Neighborhood Built People-First:

 

Cohousing provides a unique opportunity - to have input on the design process, and to prioritize what community features are most important to include in our future neighborhood.

To be part of these early-stage discussions, please join us at an upcoming information session.

  • 27 privately owned net-zero energy homes with one, two, three and four bedroom options, and a smaller casita unit. The homes will be clustered around shared open space.

  • ​Estimated home prices ranging from $125,000 - $430,000, comparable to prices of newly built energy-efficient homes in Albuquerque (preliminary estimates subject to change based on current market and building conditions).

 

  • A fully equipped common house for community activities and shared meals, including guest suites for residents’ visitors.

 

  • Many community amenities such as a shared farming area with orchard and year-round greenhouse. Other amenities we discussed are a natural outdoor pool based on biological processes, and an adventure playground for the kids.

 

  • A member-managed HOA operating by consent among all members.

 

  • Onsite renewable electricity generation.

 

  • Voluntary car sharing with electric vehicle options and solar charging stations.

Location, Location...

 

Albuquerque

Perhaps best known for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and as the setting for AMC's hit show "Breaking Bad," Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a culturally rich and naturally beautiful metropolitan area.

Albuquerque residents have plenty to keep them busy, from the art galleries of Old Town to the historic Native American sites all around the region. The Albuquerque BioPark's zoo, gardens and aquarium are popular with families, and a host of museums are great places to spend the rare rainy day. While its nightlife is tame by big-city standards, Albuquerque has a robust culinary scene that features local red and green chile peppers, and includes nationally recognized wineries and breweries.   

Albuquerque offers an average of 310 sunny days per year and quick access to outdoor recreation, such as hiking, mountain biking and even skiing in the Sandia Mountains that border the metro area to the east. The Rio Grande that flows through the city center is a playground for kayakers, and miles of walking and cycling trails wind through its wooded banks.

Top industries in Albuquerque, NM include aerospace and defense, energy technology including solar energy, and semicondcutor and computer chip manufacturing. Major employers in the Albuquerque area include Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratory and Intel Corp. The flagship campus of the 25,000-student University of New Mexico is in Albuquerque, as is Central New Mexico Community College, providing hundreds of jobs to educators.

Read what the New York Times has to say about Albuquerque: 36 Hours in Albuquerque

Vecinos Del Bosque Neighborhood

Families can immerse themselves in nature and watch migrating birds along the bosque trails. The Bosque offers hiking opportunities and provides a convenient bike path connection into town.

Combining the best of urban and rural, the Los Vecinos neighborhood wraps itself tightly against the Rio Grande Bosque on the west side of the river. Its agricultural roots give it a rural feel but a 3 minute drive has you back in the center of town. You will be able to step outside your home and be immediately running, hiking or biking the Bosque—no commuting to get there. A short walk North takes you to the Bio Park and the newly restored El Vado motel with its taproom, restaurants and shops. A short walk south gets you to the Valle del Bosque Park with its trees, grass, picnic tables, playground, baseball field and basketball courts. Old Town with its selection of eateries and entertainment is a short drive away. All the basic amenities are available as well—grocery stores, pharmacy, car wash, etc. If you prefer public transportation, a short bike ride or walk gets you to Albuquerque’s Rapid Transit with fast access to downtown, UNM, and the Railrunner Station. And as a special treat, local sustainable farms are in the neighborhood as well—Whole Heart Farm, Chispas Farm and others.

Our Site

With the bosque bike and hiking trails right next door, we can connect to a local park, Albuquerque Rapid Transit, the Biopark, and downtown Albuquerque within minutes and away from traffic.

Sustainable Features

 

The Passive House Standard

The Passive House Standard stands for quality, comfort and energy efficiency. Passive Houses require very little energy to achieve a comfortable temperature year round, making conventional heating and air conditioning systems obsolete.

We are committed to building all dwelling units and the common club house to comply with the PHIUS+ 2018 Source Zero Passive Building Standard. This is the most rigorous energy standard for buildings that currently exists in the US and balances aggressive energy and carbon reduction with both cost effectiveness and strict source energy requirements. National standards such as ENERGY STAR, EPA Indoor airPLUS, and Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) specifications are all prerequisites to the PHIUS+ Source Zero standard. All homes that comply with the Passive Building Standard are built to several key building-science principles: continuous superinsulation throughout the entire airtight building envelope; high-performance windows and doors; minimal space conditioning with balanced heat and moisture recovery system; and exploitation of solar gain to maximize the sun's energy during the heating season and minimize overheating during the cooling season. The low leakage building envelopes and generous wall and ceiling insulation means heating/cooling systems are much smaller and less expensive resulting very low utility bills, higher comfort, and greater financial security. In addition to high level of comfort even in the most extreme weather, Passive House homes are extremely resilient buildings with almost no moving parts and with just one or two PV panels they will achieve ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions over the year.

Sustainable Food Production

Start a garden and you are suddenly invested in the health and well-being of the plants that supply your nourishment, which in turn can get you more excited about eating the fresh fruits and vegetables they produce. Who wouldn’t want to taste something they helped nurture?

We are committing to preserve part of our land for sustainable organic food production. At least 62.8% of the land will be set aside for usable open space, and we have several sites planned for agricultural production. We have many gardening and permaculture enthusiasts within our group, and many others excited to learn. We envision a number of different agricultural spaces, including an orchard of fruit trees, a vegetable garden, chickens, and a smaller herb garden. We are also investigating how we can make some of our land available for use by the broader community, potentially in a community garden or for a farmer internship program.

© 2018 by Rio Grande Huerta LLC, 624 Amherst Dr SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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