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Luxury ‘agrihood’ community on the Monterey Peninsula seeks a batch of buyers

The 22-residence enclave, dubbed Walden Monterey, is spread across a 600-acre hillside in the Monterey Bay Peninsula.
(Walden Monterey)

Walden Monterey, a new 22-home enclave set on a 600-acre hillside overlooking Monterey Bay, is the latest development in the “agrihood” trend.

Traditionally, the term entails a planned neighborhood centered on farming and nature. Throw in a group of noted architects, environmental engineers, 200-year-old oak trees and homes listed for $5 million each, and you have Walden Monterey.

Named after the book “Walden” by transcendentalist author Henry David Thoreau, the retreat community emphasizes contemporary homes in a natural setting. Each is set on its own 20-acre plot and features innovative, conceptual architecture.

One example of the new construction is a 3,500-square-foot home that draws from the structure of Spanish moss. The house is split into three parts and, like the plant, seemingly grows down the knoll that it rests on.

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Designed by Larson Shores Architects, the home is clad in bronze weathered steel and features asymmetrical rooflines that complement the rugged topography. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights provide views of the natural environment.

Another construction, a 5,000-square-foot glass box designed by Axelrod Architects, focuses on sustainability, with 3,000 square feet of rooftop available for solar panel installation.

All homes include an automated gate system powered by a solar power grid system.

To reinforce the agrihood concept, the community features a communal farm, as well as a community-wide trail system connecting the plots. Other amenities include a sunrise yoga platform, a treehouse and Zen meditation gardens.

The first eight lots are available in the fall, and the remaining lots will hit the market in early 2018. Three have been pre-sold.

jack.flemming@latimes.com

Twitter: @jflem94

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