The San Luis Obispo City Council approved construction of the San Luis Ranch housing project, which promises to include affordable and workforce housing. The land between Madonna Road and Highway 101 will become a community of more than 500 homes, which the developer believes will reduce the number of commuters and help ease the housing crunch.

wning a home has always been considered a significant part of achieving the American Dream, at least for Audrey Bigelow.

“I am currently a renter. I’ve been renting in San Luis Obispo for almost 14 years and I am in my thirties with two other roommates,” she said.

With hopes of buying a home in San Luis Obispo, Audrey added herself to the list of those interested in purchasing a San Luis Ranch home.

The 131-acre project will include up to 580 homes, a 200-room hotel, multi-purpose parks, and office and commercial space. Plus, more than half of the land will be set aside for agriculture and open space.

The housing units will range in size and include micro units, single-family homes and multi-family homes ranging in price from $300,000 to $600,000.

“We are preserving the barns, we are going to have an ag learning center, a sort of nice lifestyle experience so you can see that we are really focused on preserving view and having architecture. There is going to be exercise stations and full recreational facilities,” said Gary Grossman, San Luis Ranch developer.

Those who already live or work in the city will get priority when it comes to purchasing the homes.

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