Walden Monterey: Silicon Valley is getting an 'agrihood' for the 1% – Business Insider

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More than 170 years ago, author Henry David Thoreau camped out in the Massachusetts wilderness to experience life away from civilization.
His life near Walden Pond has seeded an idea for a new housing development that marries an idyllic setting with internet, electricity, and other creature comforts of the 21st century.
Walden Monterey is a 22-home enclave set on 609 acres overlooking the California coastline. It’s the latest extension of the “agrihood” trend, in which millennials turn away from the golf communities beloved by baby boomers in favor of “agricultural neighborhoods” that offer ample green space, farms, and outdoor community kitchens, among other amenities.
The community at Walden Monterey is still under construction, and no homes have been built yet. The lots will sell for about $5 million each — a price tag that only includes the land.
The developer of Walden Monterey is betting that tech executives, looking to unplug from the daily grind of Silicon Valley and reconnect with nature, will find respite. Take a look.
Baby boomers flocked to golf communities in the 1990s. Living in one of them was a status symbol
There’s a growing market for these kinds of communities. Millennials famously value experiences over material things. Real-estate developments focused on clean living and community, known as agrihoods, appeal to the farm-to-table-loving generation.
Residents are welcome to hire the architects who created concept homes for Walden Monterey, or they can hire an outsider. Jekogian said the developer will not be closely supervising build plans, which should bring a variety of architectural styles to the hillside in Monterey.
Source: Walden Monterey
“Think of it as Thoreau’s cabin 2.0, allowing guests to fully experience the dialogue between man and nature,” reads a press release from Jekogian’s Signature Group Investments.
The roving room was designed by architect Alan Williams.
 A net-zero energy building is a structure that produces an amount of renewable energy — through solar or wind power, for example — equal to the amount of energy it consumes.
“The list of rules is small, but meaningful. It’s about setting a standard of culture,” Jekogian said. “I believe when you have hundreds of rules, people are out to find ways around them.”
Residents will also have access to a pool, fitness center, golf course, and clubhouse at the nearby Tehàma Gold Club in Carmel. That property is owned by actor Clint Eastwood.
The other half of the 22 lots will come on the market starting in early 2018, after construction crews finish building an infrastructure for utilities. “This is virgin soil,” Jekogian said.
Jekogian said he lucked out. “I own one of the largest pieces of prime real-estate near one of the wealthiest populations in the United States. On top of that, those are probably the same people who are staring at their computer screens and phones the longest,” he said.
“Walden Monterey is for people who are starting to realize they need a break.”
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