This month, we sat down with Dirk Gosda, President of the Colorado Region at Sunrise Company to talk about where development’s headed, what it means to be a Sunrise Community and the future of active adult development. With well over 20 master planned communities and 40+ years of development under their belt, Sunrise Company has an acute understanding of what future homebuyers want and how to give it to them.
Early this summer, Taylor Morrison extended its hold on Central Texas homebuilding with the purchase of 436 acres in Leander’s Crystal Falls development. After years of successfully partnering with Taylor Morrison on Steiner Ranch, RVi was brought in to design a new community that would respect the sweeping vistas and preserve the natural beauty and lay of the land. The almost 1,200 home development features hilltop and golf course views, pedestrian trails and pocket greenbelts, and includes varying lot sizes to provide neighborhoods encompassing multiple price points for future homebuyers. The lotting plan was carefully mastered to preserve existing trees and to provide open and distant view corridors at key intersections, bringing the Hill Country to residents’ doorstep.
Last week, RVi Principals Barbara Austin, Mark Smith, and Paul Smith headed to our nation’s Capital for the 2010 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting. Themed Earth Air Water Fire DESIGN, this year’s conference focused on reconnecting with the fundamental elements of design and sustainability. As Mark explained, “Wherever you go in D.C., there’s another extraordinary reminder of Washington’s importance to design and planning history. L’Enfant’s broad radiating avenues and focal points; the Washington Monument, the world’s tallest obelisk; and Arlington Cemetery, our nation’s most revered military cemetery. How could you not come back inspired to do great things?” The trip, however, wasn’t all lectures and landscapes. Our three adventurous principals also managed to get in a meeting with the President (Lincoln, of course) and a trip to the Mall (you know, that 300-acre lawn in front of the Capitol).
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