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Terra Lago, Indio, CA
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Project Size:

Plan Date:
SunCal Companies
770 acres
1485 Residential Units,
22-acre Lake,
Existing 36-hole Public Golf Course
December 2003 (Phase I)
October 2004 (Phase II)

Terra Lago is located within the Shadow Hills Planning sub-area as identified in the City of Indio General Plan-2020, envisioned as providing a variety of housing and recreation opportunities for the city’s residents and future growth. The existing land is primarily vacated agricultural fields with miscellaneous structures. Located within the central and northern portions of the Terra Lago project site is the existing “Golf Club at Terra Lago,” previously known as the “Landmark Golf Club,” a 36-hole public course which was home to the famous “Skins Game” from 1999-2002.

The challenge for Terra Lago was to plan and design a community that would give a “recognizable residential address” to this most easterly portion of the Coachella Valley to attract permanent residents. The plan needed to establish a sense of place set through residential neighborhood character, recreational opportunities and a uniqueness in setting. In a sense, an oasis.

As such, Terra Lago is planned as a golf course and recreation community having golf-side and
lake-side residential neighborhoods planned in a traditional neighborhood fabric. Complimenting, yet separate from the golf course, is a 22-acre man-made lake. Individual neighborhoods have central parks, small gathering areas providing identity, character and the opportunity for social interaction within each neighborhood. Neighborhood streets, trails and walkways link neighborhoods together, encouraging walking and bicycling throughout Terra Lago when seasons and climate allow. The Golf Club at Terra Lago provides 36-holes of golf open to the public as well as a restaurant. The 22-acre lake (used as a resource for fire protection and irrigation) provides non-motorized boating opportunities for Terra Lago residents and guests. Two 6-acre recreation centers provide for pool and recreation facilities, a lakeside boathouse, as well as community playfields and courts.

The main streets through the community provide meandering walkways and multipurpose trails framed with seasonal color via native desert landscape and link the various neighborhoods to one another, the golf course clubhouse, lake and boathouse.

The Terra Lago master plan is an example of a strong community vision formulated on market analysis, the project teams understanding of regional issues and demographics and creative planning and design conducted in collaboration with the Client and City of Indio.
Terra Lago, Indio, CA

Terra Lago, Indio, CA
Michael Madden Associates
Community Planning and Design
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