HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Agri-hoods, communities with crops, vegetable gardens, and a farming ambience that’s often embellished with antique tractors and such can sound a little phony.
Indigo, a community under development by Meristem Communities in the Richmond area of Fort Bend County, appears to have agricultural credibility. It will have 42 acres devoted to fields of crops, pasture for livestock and “farm education” opportunities – more than a casual nod to agriculture.
Indigo Goes Beyond Agri-Hoods
But with Indigo, Meristem’s design concepts and goals extend beyond the farming angle as the developers seek to create a “human-centered neighborhood” with “car-free zones” and with linear pedestrian parks that connect neighbors to each other and the community core.
The 235-acre Indigo community, located west of the Grand Parkway near Harlem Road, will have 750 residences. Walkability is a high priority for Indigo’s developers.
“We’re excited to add a human-centered neighborhood to Richmond and the greater Houston region,” said Scott Snodgrass, partner at Meristem Communities. “By focusing first on people, we know Indigo will better serve our residents by providing for much of their daily needs within a ten-minute walk. With a strong focus on providing living arrangements for all life stages and family formations, we also hope this neighborhood will reflect the rich diversity of cultural heritages that exist within our greater community.”
In phase one, Indigo will offer eight different home product types built by homebuilder partners David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, and Empire Communities. Once complete, approximately 650 for sale homes and up to 100 rental residences will populate the neighborhood. The first phase will open late in 2023.
Situated directly off the Grand Parkway, just north of US Highway 90, Indigo is surrounded by the cities of Richmond and Sugar Land.
“Indigo is the result of years of working, dreaming and remaining curious. We value the adage that in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities,” said Clayton Garrett, partner at Meristem Communities. “We are guided by our personal experiences and no small amount of frustration trying to maintain modern, healthy lives in the suburbs while raising children, commuting to work, running endless errands – all the while trying to stay present and make meaningful and fulfilling connections with our neighbors and community.”
A Communal Commercial Experience
Anchored by Indigo Commons, the commercial core of Indigo will be as diverse as the residents and their homes. Layered into the natural landscape, Indigo Commons will include a community gathering place with café market and event space (The Barn), plaza, promenade, farm, stage and more.
Expanding on key components of Indigo Commons, upon completion, future residents and the larger community will enjoy a curated assortment of lifestyle offerings including:
- Indigo Commons: Civic, retail, office, educational, and healthcare spaces are planned and will help Indigo’s residents take care of many of their usual needs and feel at home in their new community.
- The Barn: The iconic barn structure with its unexpected Indigo color will feature a café and a market, designed to be used as a multi-purpose space that can be easily transformed so families may gather, clubs can meet, and events can be held.
- The Farm: Covering 42 acres, the farm operations will include crop fields, pasture for livestock and farm education opportunities.
- Community Parks: A collection of vehicle-free community parks will feature nature play, and interactive spaces for children to safely stay all day.
- Extensive pedestrian network: Integrated trails will weave throughout the community, connecting all aspects of The Commons with its surrounding residences in Indigo.
- Open Space: Over half of the Indigo community is dedicated to open space, welcoming residents to spend time outdoors, meet their neighbors, and feel part of the expansive lifestyle.
- The Lake: The 25-acre community lake will be developed as a natural ecosystem, with a special focus on serving migratory bird species and native fish populations. Swimming, fishing and kayaking will activate the lake for the community.
April 5, 2023 Realty News Report Copyright 2023
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