ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A sun-splashed kitchen greets potential homebuyers as they tour the newest, contemporary-styled model home by D.R Horton in Albuquerque’s Southeast Heights.
“We call this a sky chase,” said Brian Ferguson, project development manager for the national builder, which for the past dozen years has been the No. 1 residential builder in Albuquerque and nationally.
Ferguson hardly needed to point out the highly visible, turreted sky chase feature, squared off and projecting at least four feet beyond the kitchen ceiling.
While it looks like a dramatic skylight at first glance, a second look reveals that the sunlight pours in through a series of small windows within the sky chase’s vertical walls. The beams brighten a granite-topped kitchen island and bar.
“It brings in natural lighting from all directions,” he said. “Our customers are looking for something unique.”
The sky chase is just one of the contemporary features in the new, 2017-square-foot Clark II home model.
It opened at the end of July to kick off the third phase of development in the master-planned Volterra community at the southernmost end of Juan Tabo.
Named Volterra Hills, the new development will feature high-end, semi-custom homes exclusively by D.R. Horton. Seventy home sites are available with views to Sandia Crest and the Manzano Mountains.
A second new model – the two-story Thomason – is also on site.
A traditionally styled home, the Thomason packs in 3,081 square feet and offers an optional fifth bedroom. Both model homes are open for viewing daily from 10 a.m. (11 a.m. Sundays) to 6 p.m.
To view the models, drive south on Juan Tabo (from I-40 or Central) and cross the bridged arroyo, then turn left on L Street. Watch for the D.R. Horton banners.
The street address is 1513 Barbaro Dr. SE; the phone number is 299-1028.
“The Thomason has proven to be our most popular home in the metro area,” Ferguson said.
D.R. Horton currently has 17 ongoing communities in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
Volterra Hills, with its Southeast Heights location west of Four Hills, is expected to attract many buyers desiring to live in the older part of the existing metro area, said Ferguson.
Previous buyers in the earlier phases of Volterra development have included families seeking close proximity to employment at Sandia Labs, Kirtland Air Force Base, or Interstate 40.
In addition to the two aforementioned models, buyers can chose from another three floor plans.
All homes have been constructed to minimum silver level with the Build Green NM program and will be certified by an independent appraiser.
Green features include Low E glass dual-pane windows; a programmable thermostat; low-flow faucets, shower heads and commode fixtures; a tankless water heater; energy-efficient appliances; engineered HVAC system with insulated ducts; and high insulation values.
The contemporary Clark II model answers buyers’ demands for a single-level home.
Other sought-after features include coffered ceilings, a spa-like master bedroom and bath with raised double vanities and fanciful glass-tile backsplashes.
The master suite is in its own wing to the rear of the home while two other bedrooms are to the front.
While this home is contemporary in style, it’s neither cold nor foreboding thanks to features such as the sky chase, unusual rectangular floor tile, a gas fireplace off the floor and mounted flush with the wall, furniture-style cabinetry (black!) with crown molding, and a screened door leading to a covered brick patio with an outdoor firebox.
The home’s popular “flex space” accessible off the living room can be used as study, office, library, sewing room, or whatever the owner might desire.
Buyers can make their own choices concerning finishes ranging from cabinetry and flooring.
The D.R. Horton community at Volterra Hills will feature homes ranging in size and base price from 1,991 square feet ($269,990) to 3,443 square feet ($349,990).