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2010 Livable Communities Awards

Residents stay in touch with one another and the land through many shared activities, including community gardening. Here a resident makes a contribution to the communal compost station behind the Common House. — Text by Michael Chotiner; Photographs by Jay L. Clendenin/Aurora

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2010 Livable Communities Awards
SANTA FE, N.M.

Category Winner for Developer — up to 250 units

ElderGrace is a cohousing condominium development for low- and middle-income people 55 and older. It was designed through a partnership between its resident members and the nonprofit Santa Fe Community Housing Trust. Planning began in 2006, and the community now consists of 14 duplex homes, encompassing 28 one- and two-bedroom units. A Common House gives residents plenty of opportunities to meet up. The 3.5-acre site provides shared outdoor spaces,  including walking and biking paths and a community garden and orchard, all within a half-mile of grocery stores and a quarter-mile of public transportation to downtown Santa Fe, just five miles away.


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