Del Sur, California

Located in downtown San Diego one of the largest sustainable green communities in California Del Sur features artechitectual diversity and incorporates a healthy walkable community encompassing over 1000 acres of open spacewith 18 miles of trails connecting to an additional 4000 acres of the black mountain ranch. This allows Del Sur residents the ability to bike  to the entire community, schools and recreation opportunities. This facilitates a healthy sustainable lifestyle.

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Featuring five neighborhoods including 13 individual neighborhood parks with Leed certified green homebuilders constructing 8 different  elevations and distinct artechtectual styles of homes to please all types of sustainable homeowners. Green home prices range from  600’s to over 1 million dollars.

All homes in the Del Sur community are constructed to the Sierra club and  Leed green home  standard. The ranch house was awarded the first leed platinum certification in San Diego.

Some of the green features included in the community are:
– 20% of all the homes incoporate solar power.
– All homes include mandatory tankless water heaters and weather based satellite irrigation services.
– Every sustainable home includes low toxin paints( VOC’s) and adhesives.
– Low emission windows and energy star appliances are included in every home.
– The leed green building program also incorporates a construction and recycling program with over 90% of the waste being diverted from local  landfills.
– Drought resistant exterior landscaping encompassing drought resistant plants utilizing recycled rain water helps reduce valuable community water consumption.

Some of the notable green awards associated with Del Sur are:
– Urban land institute smart growth project,Califormia award for economic and environmental leaderhip, california water award, Leed certified platinum award and recycler of the year.

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Del Sur Amenities:
– Top rated schools in the Poway unified school district (PUSD). One of the top districts in the state of California.
– Currently 13 differerent parks with 5 solar heated pools for the enjoyment of community residents.
– A  green Leed platinum  certified ranch house that incorporates many green forward looking features for residents to view and use.The ranch house also includes awesome views of the Black Mountain Ranch. In 2016  an all accessible wheel chair flat  loop opened in black mountain ranch state park. Named “Jas Arnold trail for all people” The first accessible wheel chair trail in San Diego!

Also of note is the  california green communites coalition. A community based effort that encourgaes cities to adopt energy savings, reduce enviromental polution,reduce waste consumption, reduce community water consumption, focus on renewables, alternative fuels and public transportation projects.

Currently there are seven communities participating in the california plan,Culver City,Monrovia,River Side, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley,Ventura, and Claremont. In addition there are many corporations that have sighned on and are participating in the program. Toyota, ecycling, Southern California Edison,Energy coalition and Lifestyle global to name a few.


With planning started more than 20 years ago due to environmental restrictions. After more than 2 decades of litigation. Five points Valencia is located one hour from Los Angeles a net zero community.  Comprise of 21,500 homes, green condos, multifamily, affordable housing, and commercial space.

All homes will be Energystar certified. With solar panels located on their roofs. Each home will have high performance sealed attics that reduce air conditioning, ventilation, and heating requirements. All exterior building penetrations will be air sealed with caulking to maintain a high performance home.

The Valencia community pools will be heated using geothermal technology. Recycled waste water will be used for all irrigation. Utilizing high tech sewer lift stations. Landscaping will be low combustible and drought tolerant. Wildfire mitigation is a major environmental concern in California. Individual homes and throughout the community there will be EV charging stations. Community sharing of scooters, and E-bikes.

This will only get Valencia half way to to a net zero community. Fivepoint will earn carbon credits through several  offsite unrelated projects. Acquiring a 170 acre Pine Creek Forest permanent conservation easement, Launching a methane capture dairy farm, and installing rooftop solar on unrelated communities rooftops. Valencia is not a traditional net zero certified community using community geothermal and solar energy. This was part of the 20 year litigation entitlements for Valencia.

Homes will be priced from 400,000 to over one million on this 15,000 acre community. Major homebuilders include: Tri pointe, KB home, Toll brothers, Richmond, and Lennar.

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