The haciendas were part of an ambitious land-grant scheme by the Spanish crown begun in the 16th century, as a way to reward conquistadors, Spanish nobles and others for their loyalty to the king. Most were operated like small city-states.
As many as 1,000 people might have lived on a single estate.
For centuries the haciendas dominated the economic and political landscape of Mexico. They typically focused on a single agricultural product, which varied from one region to the next. Mescal flourished in Zacatecas; sugar in Puebla; agave in Jalisco.
The Mexican hacienda typology inspired this 3,500 sq.ft. residential project on a 1-acre lot in Southlands. The community situated on the Fraser River in Vancouver, British Columbia is home to roughly 300 horses on about 100 properties. Southlands is less than 5 miles away from the downtown core and it protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and RA-1 zoning. Southlands is home to BC's largest Pony Club.