The Five Neighborhoods of the Rio Grande's West Cliffs

The Five Neighborhoods of the Rio Grande's West Cliffs
by Chris Lucas

Once across the river, you're at the West Cliffs, an area that stretches from the rio, further west to Coors Blvd. There are five major--& very diverse--neighborhoods there: West Bluff, Grande Heights, Vista Grande, Oxbow Bluff & Oxbow North. The housing stock is a diverse mix of apartments, townhomes, small residences, & numerous grande properties that you can see from across the river. Homes with magnificent views along the cliffs come in all shapes, sizes & price-points.
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Nob Hill Neighborhoods: History & Architecture Walks

Nob Hill Neighborhoods: History & Architecture Walks
by Chris Lucas

Nob Hill has so much to offer, from architectural walks through the historic residential neighborhoods, to uniquely built commercial spaces along the commercial corridors in the neighborhoods, straddling both sides of the famed Motheroad of Route 66.  Read More


MetroABQ Newsletter -- December: Public Art & Parks & Greenspaces

MetroABQ Newsletter -- December: Public Art & Parks & Greenspaces
by Chris Lucas

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Floorplan for 6817 Nagoya Rd in NorthEast Rio Rancho 87144

Floorplan for 6817 Nagoya Rd in NorthEast Rio Rancho 87144
by Chris Lucas

Welcome to 6817 Nagoya Road NE, in Rio Rancho, NM 87144.  Read More


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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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


Little Free Libraries Outward From Nob Hill

Little Free Libraries Outward From Nob Hill
by Chris Lucas

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