High end goes smaller at Monte Sereno

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The first houses in a new 15-home project will be ready next June in Monte Sereno, the re­sort res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity near the Santa Fe Opera that started up in 2004.

The Com­pound at Monte Sereno will have one-acre lots with two- and three-bed­room homes from 2,900 square feet down to 2,200 square feet. “I think the mar­ket is telling us that peo­ple are down­siz­ing, and as they’re ag­ing they’re in­ter­ested in more of a lock-and-leave life­style with low main­te­nance,” said Don Beau­re­gard of 21 Club Hold­ings, LLC.

“My com­pany, HMB Part­ners, sold this prop­erty to JimWhip­key in Novem­ber 2015 and he formed an en­tity called 21 Club Hold­ings to hold his own­er­ship,” Beau­re­gard said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “I am di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment and Al Lilly is di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions; we’re man­agers but not own­ers.”

The Com­pound will have flat-roofed homes built in the “soft Santa Fe con­tem­po­rary” style and “in­te­grated into thought­ful land­scap­ing that will cre­ate a pri­vate yet syn­er­gis­tic am­biance,” ac­cord­ing to mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Two of the homes are pre-sold and now un­der con­struc­tion. “They have bro­ken ground; they’re put­ting pads in now,” said Re­al­tor Paul McDon­ald in Au­gust. “The own­ers in­ter­viewed prob­a­bly a dozen builders and they chose two: Scott and MaikaWong [Solterra + Design + Build], who won the Grand Ha­cienda in the Pa­rade of Homes last year, and An­thony andWendy Odai, who have been do­ing the Las Coli­nas project on Gon­za­les Road— he has three units left to sell there. Lorn Tryk is the ar­chi­tect forThe Com­pound.”

Beau­re­gard said the houses will be $500 per square foot. “That’s a high wa­ter­mark for out in the north­west quad­rant, but we’re see­ing that peo­ple who are down­siz­ing are put­ting a lot of em­pha­sis on in­te­rior spec­i­fi­ca­tions. We will be us­ing lo­cal ar­ti­sans, for ex­am­ple for our court­yard gates, and lo­cal stone ma­sons.”

“We’re big be­liev­ers in a con­cept called well­ness com­mu­ni­ties. It re­ally is all about well­ness, but what I call well be­ing and in­te­grat­ing that into your com­mu­nity, and it’s ev­ery­thing from sus­tain­abil­ity in terms of en­ergy and wa­ter use but it also in­cludes con­nec­tiv­ity, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to gather, and also in­te­grat­ing lo­cal culture,” Beau­re­gard said.

In Monte Sereno over­all, 150 es­tate lots have been sold in the 600-acre sub­di­vi­sion and 50 homes have been built on them. Fu­ture plans in­clude 55 “clus­ter sites,” 102 ad­di­tional es­tate lots, and a 38-acre hotel/ spa site. The ac­cess is Exit 168 (Te­suque Vil­lage, Opera Drive, Ave. Monte Sereno) off U.S. 84/285. For more in­for­ma­tion, see mon­te­serenosantafe.com or con­tact list­ing agent Paul McDon­ald at Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty.— PaulWei­de­man

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