Traditions are timeless. They are comfortable and familiar. Christmas just would not be the same without Grandma’s fruit cake or her homemade sweet rolls pulled fresh from the oven. What would 4th of July be without the tradition of fireworks? Just another day.
Craftsman Village is modeled after a “traditional neighborhood” which pulls its own inspiration from neighborhoods in the 1920s. While our homes will have the latest amenities of the 21st Century, we’re borrowing some of the best qualities and traditions of “the good old days,” including:
- Quality Architecture with Purpose
The emphasis is on beauty, comfort, and a sense of place. Drive into an older neighborhood and one common feature will jump out at you – front porches. The front porch is an extension of the home and an open invitation to neighbors.
- Common Sense Structure
Instead of spreading everyone out over miles, traditional neighborhoods put public space at the center. The more efficient use of land preserves open space and brings destinations closer together.
- Slow, Interconnected Streets
Sidewalks are wider, streets are narrower. As a result, traffic flows through the neighborhood at a more leisurely pace. The interconnected framework spreads traffic out so it’s less congested in central areas and makes for a pleasant pedestrian experience.
- Mix of Housing Types
A range of house types, sizes, and prices are in closer proximity so it really does feel like a neighborhood rather than a segregated, cookie-cutter subdivision.
Sidewalks woven throughout the neighborhood encourage people to step out on foot. Rather than feeling like you need to take your car everywhere, traditional neighborhoods make it easy to embrace an active lifestyle.
Sometimes it takes losing traditions to realize how important they were to you. I, for one, am happy to see traditional neighborhood elements coming back to life around the country.