With Nature at Hidden Creek Eco-Village


This is Hidden Creek Eco-Village.  It's a little bit different kind of suburban development that attempts to reconcile the demands of single-family home buyers with the problems of sprawling housing developments.  First, Hidden Creek is full of communal features, such as neighborhood trails, car parks, front porches, central mailboxes, and shared streetscapes.  Plus the homes are densely sited to maintain open, natural spaces.  Second, Hidden Creek is surrounded by the natural environment: there's a nature preserve on the north, a creek on the south, and natural grasses and trees everywhere else.  To maintain the integrity of the site, homes were placed around existing trees and landscaping.  Third, all the homes have been custom-designed for each site to allow views of the surrounding landscape and nature. 

It's interesting how nature dominates this development.  The community reminds me of a recent article on Boston.com, which explored a psychologist's findings that the human mind needs nature.  Nature facilitates better memory, attention, and mood, so maybe Hidden Creek Eco-Village is on to something here.  Certainly, the homes are incredible, I mean, check out the Crabapple and Elm Houses below. 

Crabapple House – standout features include the bamboo floors, a roof garden, grey water recycling, concrete floors with radiant heating, modern finishes, low-E windows, recycled stone countertops, and incredible views from the inside. 



Elm House – like the Crabapple House, this home also features bamboo floors, a roof garden, grey water recycling, concrete floors with radiant heating, modern finishes, low-E windows, recycled stone countertops, and abundant daylighting and views. 




Hidden Creek Eco-Village has a total of 11 new homes (and three existing) and won a Green Dot Award in 2008 in the Design + Build category.  Some homes are still available for purchase. 

Photo credits: Randy Brown Architects.

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  • http://www.raines.com/ raines

    This is actually more impressive in its greenness if you include the location: Omaha, Nebraska! It would be helpful to include prices and some indication of how they relate to conventional building in the area and green building elsewhere. However, I wonder: what makes it an “EcoVillage”? Green building is great, clustered site design is appreciated, but real community is deeper than sticks and bricks.

    Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
    Planning for Sustainable Communities

  • Brian N.

    Their website says the crabapple model (above) is for sale at $349,000. Not horrible, especially for a custom designed home….

  • http://www.ecolabelfundraising.com Jeanne

    Really beautiful home. What a paradise to live around all that scenery!

    EcoLabel Fundraising

  • http://www.green-energy-efficient-homes.com/ Robin the Energy Saver

    This sounds like a great improvement over traditional ex-urban sprawl. I do wonder though whether this is sustainable in a world of nearly 7 billion people. Creating a dense community surrounded by green space suggests that while people can walk around the community, they’d need to drive to get anywhere else – work, shopping, friends who don’t live in the community itself.

    Robin Green
    Green Energy Efficient Homes

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