MetroABQ's Most Recent "1% For Art" Addition

MetroABQ's Most Recent "1% For Art" Addition
by Chris Lucas

What is "Bat Family Cruisin" & Why Is It Important? 
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A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend: Co-Housing

A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend: Co-Housing
by Chris Lucas

The top image is a plat map for a planned cohousing community in the near South Valley, across the river from Tingley Beach & the Albuquerque Country Club community. Envisioned by Cohousing ABQ, & in the Vecinos del Bosque neighborhood, the 2.3 acre site--still a large vacant lot that abuts the Rio Grande--will have 27 homes with over 60% open space, & several sites planned for agricultural production. The site is close to the ABQ Biopark, numerous restaurants & lodging, like the refurbished El Vado Motel close-by.

In the Vecinos del Bosque cohousing community, "all dwelling units & 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 & balances aggressive energy and carbon reduction with both cost effectiveness & strict source energy requirements. All homes meet the Passive Building Standard: continuous superinsulation throughout the entire airtight building envelope; high-performance windows & doors; minimal space conditioning with balanced heat & moisture recovery system; & exploitation of solar gain to maximize the sun's energy during the heating season & minimize overheating during the cooling season. 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 & with just one or two PV panels they will achieve ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions over the year." ~From their website.

From CohousingABQ.org: At the South Valley cohousing community, the estimated home prices range from $125,000 - $430,000, comparable to prices of newly built energy-efficient homes in Albuquerque.

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Co-Housing--A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend

Co-Housing--A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend
by Chris Lucas

A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend:  Read More


A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend: What is Co-Housing?

A Growing Pocket Neighborhood Trend: What is Co-Housing?
by Chris Lucas

Cohousing in the MetroABQ  Read More


Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary -- Nia

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary -- Nia
by Chris Lucas

To view the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary Fall Video, click on the image, or here... Read More


North Valley Open House: 2712 Calle Tranquilo NW

North Valley Open House: 2712 Calle Tranquilo NW
by Chris Lucas

Gorgeous single story home in private gated community in the North Valley!

 

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Huning Highlands Historic Home Tour: The Secret Courtyard

Huning Highlands Historic Home Tour: The Secret Courtyard
by Chris Lucas

The Huning Highlands neighborhood has a lot of depth to it. I was surprised that one of the tour properties was located discreetly next to & then behind The Artichoke Cafe: the 100+ year old home/gallery opened up at the back to an expansive courtyard that lead to numerous private residences. There was an established chicken coop there, above, along with shaded sitting areas & pathways that zigged throughout the large courtyards, seen below. I'd passed by the area for 30 years & had no idea of that great space just beyond the fence. Read More