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Mesa del Sol

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Overview:

Mesa del Sol, like High Desert, is a planned community. It is currently being built in its first phase, with model homes now for sale. Homes are Energy Star certified and conform to Build Green New Mexico standards. Optional upgrades for homes are available for those interested in solar power, energy monitoring and rainwater harvesting systems.

Stats:

12,900 acre master planned community
New Urbanism design
Long range plans for 37,500 homes, apartments or condominiums
1 million square feet of commercial space
Developer: Forest City Covington
First phase of 250 homes to be priced at mid $100,000 to low $300,000
First model homes to be built in the first quarter of 2012

Homebuilders:

Pulte Homes
Rachel Matthew Homes
RayLee Homes

Schools:

Mesa del Sol Charter School
2660 Eastman Crossing SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 508-3295
The International School at Mesa del Sol is a state K- 8 charter school that currently has classrooms for students in K - 6 (soon to be K-7). The school is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school. It is based on the International Baccalaureate primary years program, which emphasizes global knowledge and is affiliated with the International Baccaulareate program. The school will ultimately serve 450 students from Albuquerque and the surrounding communities.

Children may also attend Bandelier Elementary, Jefferson Middle, or Albuquerque High in Albuquerque. Students who attend these schools are picked up by buses through Albuquerque Public Schools.

Mesa del Sol:

Mesa del Sol is a master planned community located on the south mesa of Albuquerque. The community is designed to be mixed-use, with residential and commercial in close proximity. The community will be designed following the principles of New Urbanism and sustainable urban community planning. Homes have garages at the back of houses rather than the front, making the community more walker friendly. Parks will be prominent, as well as shared green spaces. There will be a swimming pool in the summer of 2013.

Commercial businesses will be near enough to residences to allow walkable neighborhoods. Bike paths and community parks will link community spaces to nearby homes. New Urbanism places homes near to shops, workplaces, parks and schools, resulting in an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Close proximity to work and amenities allows for less use of cars. The move away from oil dependence makes Mesa del Sol a "green" community.

Mesa del Sol will have a highly defined sense of place. Several commercial tenants have occupied the area for several years, to include Schott Solar and Albuquerque Studios.

On March 28, 2011, Mesa del Sol broke ground on its residential neighborhoods, signaling the first phase of single family homes. The first six months of construction will focus on land improvements. Four homebuilders will then begin construction of their model homes. The first phase of homes will result in 250 homes that will sell for between $100,000 to the low $300,000s.

Over the next 40 years, Mesa del Sol is expected to grow to 37,500 homes for over 100,000 people. There are at present over 2,000 jobs in the Mesa del Sol community.

Development will take place over 20 square miles. Plans call for 18 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space.

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