"Village Homes: Early Sustainable Subdivision" Top 5 Page for this destination Davis Off The Beaten Path Tip by TooTallFinn24

Davis Off The Beaten Path: 3 reviews and 6 photos

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Well very few people would ever go looking for a green or sustainable subdivsion when they are on vacation but again very few are urban planners like me.

Village Homes is a seventy acre subdivision located in West Davis. Construction on the project began in 1975 and homes were built up through the early 1980's. Today the development contains 225 single family homes and 20 apartment units.

The homes were built back then to incorporate several environmental and design features. For example, all homes are constructed in a north-south fashion to maximize potential solar energy. Streets are oriented east west and generally are no wider than 25 feet, continually curved to slow down traffic and have no sidewalks. There is an interesting array of pedestrian and bike paths linking all areas of the subdivision. Most of the homes are also oriented onto a common green or open space area. The landscape is filled with community gardens and edible fruit trees. The intent was to make the area very sustainable and minimize the need for grocery shopping.

Walking around the Village Homes subdivision feels like you are in a very remote rural area. If it wasn't for the grinding noises of a garbage truck on my second visit to the site I almost would believe I am in a remote area of Europe.

Vegetation is very full and deep in the subdivsion. So dense in some areas that it makes taking pictures of homes very difficult.

Website: http://www.villagehomesdavis.org/public/about

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  • Updated Nov 16, 2011
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