If the idea of living in an solar-powered community with access to organic food grown in your own backyard sounds like paradise, you’ll love The Cannery, California’s first farm-to-table housing development located in Davis. Named after the former Hunt-Wesson tomato-canning factory that once operated on the site, the SWA-designed “agrihood”—a planned development integrated with agriculture—features its own 7.4-acre organic working farm that grows and sells food to its residents. In addition to its locavore appeal, all of the homes in the Cannery come with their own 1.5-kW solar system and can be upgraded for net-zero living.
Despite its rural charms, the 100-acre Cannery development is conveniently located just a mile from downtown Davis and designed so that residents can easily and safely bike or walk their way to the city center. The New Home Company developed the Cannery with 547 units divided into four neighborhoods with a mix of housing types, from single-family homes to townhouses, organized around the 1,644-square-foot Farm House that sits at the heart of the community. Following the principles of New Urbanism, the development emphasizes walkability and access to retail and commercial centers, community building, and proximity to green space with each home no more than 300 feet from a park or open space.
Living at the Cannery isn’t cheap, however. Sage, the most high-end of the neighborhoods, feature spacious multi-bedroom homes that range from 1,943 to 3,702 square feet and can cost over $1 million. In contrast, the townhouses of the Heirloom neighborhood sell upwards of $400,000; there are also 60 units of affordable housing. A 10-mile network of bike trails connects the different neighborhoods and extends out to Davis. The Cannery also includes an agri-classroom to teach residents about farming, and outdoor plazas for public gatherings. In addition to solar capabilities, all homes are equipped with LED lighting, tankless water heaters, pre-wiring for EV charging, energy-saving fixtures, and more. The Cannery opened its doors September 2015.
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