Garrett Smith to build Acequia Jardin
The project’s developer is Casas Jardines LLC, a collaboration between Smith, realtor Pamela Heater and activist/designer Marianne Dickinson. The project targets baby boomers ready to downsize from larger homes. The compound is located at 2334 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, adjacent to the North Valley’s La Montanita Co-op.
Home sizes will range from 800 to 1,200 square feet, and prices range from $190,000 to $245,000. Construction is expected to begin by January and completed by midsummer 2013. Two of the 10 homes have been reserved so far, according to the release.
Smith will be the general contractor as well as architect, and Heater is handling sales and marketing. Site and floor plans, home features and options can be viewed at www.acequiajardin.com.
The homes will be clustered around a central plaza tucked behind the renovated farmhouse. The acequia that once fed the long-fallow field is being put to use for a large vegetable and herb garden and fruit trees.
Acequia Jardin incorporates elements of new co-housing and pocket neighborhood developments, like smaller houses designed to encourage interaction among residents while maintaining privacy. Front porches, shared spaces like courtyards or green commons, clustered parking instead of attached garages, community gardens, common activity spaces and guest rooms for visitors are part of Smith’s design.
Smith is a veteran Duke City architect who has done both private and public projects. He is the designer of several recent Duke City multifamily projects, including Downtown @700 2nd and the conversion of the Sundowner Motel for New Life Homes.