New Home Company’s Cannery in Davis, Calif. is the farmer’s market enthusiast’s heaven.
The Cannery is 100 acres, 15 of which are mixed use areas like parks and trails. There are 547 homes on the property.
“All were planned with the idea of creating a real sense of place, and a sense of community,” says Kevin Carson, New Home Company’s Northern California president. “We decided to work with this farm-to-fork movement that was going on.”
To achieve this concept, every home is within 300 feet of walking trails or the 7.5-acre farm, which uses non-potable water from an agricultural well for irrigation.
The well, which has smart and centrally managed irrigation controllers, ties into the City of Davis water system. The farm is manned by the Center of Land Based Learning, a non-profit organization that teaches the next generation of farmers. There is also a community garden on the premises for home buyers who want to work on their own green thumb.
There are nine different house types built by eight different architects, but they all have one thing in common—they were designed using focus groups.
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Among their desires, the group wanted unique top notch spaces and tech. Each home in the Cannery comes with a 1.5 kilowatt solar panel array, which can be upgraded.
“There are options for some of the homes to be net-zero energy,” Carson says.
The kitchens are outfitted with water-saving fixtures and Energy Star rated appliances. The homes also incorporate LED lighting and tankless water heaters. These elements help New Home Company achieve 24 percent more efficiency than Title 24 standards require.