Acequia Jardin

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

  • Last updated: July 18, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: September 28, 2012

Mission Statement

Inspired by traditional New Mexican villages and “pocket neighborhoods” that encourage simplicity, living in harmony with nature, interacting with and looking after our neighbors.

Community Description

An environmentally and socially responsible, sustainable cohousing community. Our irrigated 1+ acre infill community is in Albuquerque’s North Valley, next door to La Montanita food coop.
Our homes are small–800 to 1200 sq. ft. and are highly energy efficient. There are 10 homes including the original farmhouse, part of which is our community space and guest suite. New homes are clustered around a courtyard, parking is in carport row near our large community garden. All owners are members with one vote per owner, and all work in committees to organize activities, manage and maintain the community. Decision-making is modified consensus— Dynamic Governance. Our focus has been on having a thoughtfully designed, supportive community of singles and partners who will thrive in a nurturing, diverse and inspiring community. We aim to live more lightly on the land and welcome active adults who share those values.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2013
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Marianne Dickinson, Mary Z
  • Community Address:
    2330 Rio Grande Blvd
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Suburban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1.1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, duplex townhouses
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual lots and commons


  • Adult Members: 13
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 81-90%
  • Percent Men: 11-20%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Email the two contact persons at the community email address

  • Membership Process:

    Homes are offered for sale as members leave, with marketing information specifically geared to explain the type of community. All homeowners are members of the HOA and share 10% ownership of the common areas.

  • Additional Comments:

    Community was created for aging-in-place and members currently are mostly 55+. Two households are a mother and adult child. Younger members are welcome, but there are no facilities geared to children.


  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    modified Dynamic Governance


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $75.00
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    buy-in not applicable–home purchase makes one a member

    work requirement varies

    To HOA for taxes, insurance, utilities, etc. of commons

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Library, guest suite (for family and friends only)
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    minimum 1 x a month

    smoking restricted to designated areas

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Atheist, Humanist
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Members attend their own religious/spiritual practices outside the community, but many participate in a Merton discussion group held here weekly.

Additional Comments

agricultural area being built up within city

began study in 2008


Community Network or Organization Affiliations



New Mexico, eco-friendly, aging boomers