Ask any group of people their fondest memories of neighborhoods they’ve enjoyed over the years and it will likely include a list of familiar scenarios. Barbeques with neighbors, strolls through tree lined streets, watching the kids play soccer in the local park, or even sharing a hot and frothy beverage with friends at the local coffee shop…or pub. Ultimately it is the people, places and activities that make our neighborhoods special to us – each in its own way.
Think about it…rarely are neighborhoods remembered for their expansive front lawns and security gates. Nor are they remembered for how pleasurable they were to drive through. We can all appreciate the serene look of an expansive property or a scenic drive, but that is not what ultimately creates the sense of neighborhood and “connectedness” that so many people truly long for in their daily lives. Where we spend our daily lives is in the neighborhoods where most will make the largest personal and financial investments they will ever make in life.
Today there is an increased focus on healthy living and the ways in which we choose to spend our time. This includes the time we spend with our family, the time we spend at work and the time we spend nurturing ourselves and our relationships. We’ve come to recognize that where we live and how we live affects our physical health and the well-being our families and our future.
For example, if your neighborhood has bike paths and retail stores within walkable/cycling distance, you and your family can safely walk or cycle to the store for errands or follow the paths for safe and enjoyable exercise. But here’s the bonus: not only is a neighborhood designed with bike paths and local shopping opportunities good for residents, it’s good for the environment. If you don’t have to jump into the car to pick up a carton of milk, that’s one less trip in your car and that helps to reduce the use of fuel and the emission of fumes into our environment.
This is why when communities are designed to be walkable for residents they are often described as being sustainable. Of course a sustainable community has other characteristics. For example, the size of residential lots and homes are usually smaller in sustainable communities than what might be considered the norm. Those picturesque villages so many Americans like to visit on vacation in quaint towns across the country (and the world) are reflected in the livable and lovely community designs highlighted in new home construction today. That “traditional look” includes homes with stylish front porches situated on smaller lots, along narrower roads that create a beautiful street scene while at the same time slowing car speeds.
Streets where cars cannot travel as fast are also quieter and safer for pedestrians and that is a priority for today’s new home buyers.
Smaller lots are also desirable because they simply require less land. The larger residential lots that have been all the rage in recent decades have also consumed large tracts of land which only serves to threaten our conservation areas, wildlife and much needed rural agricultural lands.
New sustainable communities offer so much for the conscientious individual in search of an inspiring home and a healthy environment to lead the “good life.” We invite you take a look at the lifestyle options for new homes today – contact Craftsman Village for more information.