Metro Verde: The Future of Las Cruces?

February 21, 2014 admin

Today we have a guest blog by Evelyn Bruder from!

The Future of Las Cruces?

Red Hawk Golf CourseOne of the newest and most unique subdivision in Las Cruces is Metro Verde! Metro Verde will feature the World Class Red Hawk Golf Club championship golf course. Don’t be fooled into thinking Metro Verde will simply be a small golf course community. Encompassing more than 2,185 acres, Metro Verde is the most comprehensive master plan in the region.

In order to gain approval of Metro Verde as a Planned Unit Development (PUD), the developers of Metro Verde had to show the City of Las Cruces that the PUD would contain a higher level of “public benefits” than a typical subdivision. By including a network of parks and trails, a mix of residential designs and densities, and a range of commercial and business spaces, the Metro Verde PUD gained approval and now offers a new platform for development in the region.

In 20 to 25 years, 25,000 people are projected to call Metro Verde their home. This will include 7,000 single family homes and up to 3,000 multi-family units. However, with Nearly 1.5 Million Square feet of retail and commercial space Metro Verde will also incorporate restaurants, business services, and shopping for the convenience of the neighborhood residents. On top of that there will also be a high-tech business complex and a light-industrial center.

One focal point of Mesa Verde has been parks. Parks are complex elements of a neighborhood. They can serve scores of different uses, may be specialized in their function, or can simply provide visual appeal for residents. However they work, they act to define the shape and feel of a neighborhood. Two parks have already been built and will be able to provide all sorts of recreation including tennis, basketball, picnic spots, and children play areas.

Parks are commonly thought of as the venue for “fun and games,” but that is only one role they play in a neighborhood. They significantly define the layout, real estate value, traffic flow, public events, and the civic culture a community. With open spaces, our cities and neighborhoods take on structure, beauty, breathing room and value.

Another related emphasis is the landscape. Metro Verde will include landscaped sidewalks throughout residential and shared open areas allowing for pedestrian and bike traffic. The landscape plan calls for only native or non-invasive plant species and also includes native landscape and wildlife areas. Further adding to the landscape is vegetated storm-water features throughout the subdivision which limits the risk of “sheet flooding” while maintaining an appealing landscape.

What’s So Special About Phase 1?

HERS indexThe first phase is Metro Verde South. The goal is to create a highly desirable residential area but what differentiates this neighborhood from the rest of Las Cruces?

Metro Verde South Phase 1 will be the first neighborhood in Las Cruces to use the HERS(Home Energy Rating System) index. Each home in Phase 1 will come with its own HERS score. Click on the image to the right to learn more about HERS and how it applies to homes.

Digging down a little deeper, the Metro Verde South Phase 1A neighborhood is NAHB(National Association of Home Builders) Research Center Green Certified.

The Red Hawk Golf Course

The centerpiece to Metro Verde is the Red Hawk Golf Course. Named “Best in State 2013″ by Golf Digest, this is a true championship golf course with beautiful, panoramic views of the Organ and Doña Ana mountains. Red Hawk features five sets of tees, with yardage ranging from 5,502 to 7,523. The hazards include 5 lakes, that come into play on 8 holes, and 76 bunkers. The entire course is spread out over 200 acres with a combination of turn, native grass, and high desert terrain. The course sits at an elevation of 4,300 feet. The course is known for it’s “links-style features, rolling and generous greens, and a challenging yet spacious design.” Red Hawk was also voted Best Golf Course in Las Cruces by the readers of the Las Cruces Sun-News in 2012. Red Hawk was designed by Ken Dye, a well-respected member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, who has designed many well-known golf projects on an international scale. You can find the course rating here! The excellent clubhouse facilities can host a wide range of events and will also find a great dining experience with their outdoor grill and patio.

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