We have all sorts of electronic gadgets and home furnishings to help us relax in our homes. Beautiful flat screen TV’s offer us theater quality entertainment in the comfort of our living rooms. State of the art kitchens make it easier and more comfortable for cooking and entertaining.
New construction homes today tend to offer technological cocoons consumers adore but it is only part of the “relaxation” picture. New home developments that promote their sustainability attributes also tend to offer green spaces and open areas to encourage outdoor activity and social gatherings.
In these areas where homes are not built, developers offer parks, trails, recreational centers or central gathering spaces that visually and physically provide inspiration to relax, connect with our environments and generally rejuvenate ourselves.
Some component of green, open space addresses the priority today’s consumer places on “healthy living.” We need these open areas to encourage activities like walking, biking, jogging and other types of outdoor play. Active lifestyles are what contribute to healthy residents and that’s part of the objectives of sustainable communities.
Sure sustainable communities are about protecting the environment by reducing the carbon footprint we create as part of daily living. But sustainable communities really only work when the people who live there make decisions that support healthy living. Residents who are more attuned to the impact of their actions on the environment will, for example, drive less to cut down air pollution.
In order to drive less, residents have to be in good shape to walk more. Being accessible to walking and bike trails, and having places to walk to like scenic parks or central squares or lakes all help to make it easier for the people that live in these intentional community to exercise and lead healthy lifestyles.
To get a better idea of what a community built to be sustainable and to support healthy living looks like, take a look at the Craftsman Village Neighborhood Plan. In this plan you’ll see that in addition to homes placed along walkable and scenic streets, there is a community garden, playground, tennis court, lake, beach and volleyball area.
This is not just a community where residents will be huddling in their homes and backyards–this is a community where families can feel comfortable experiencing and enjoying the area beyond their property. This a community for year-round living and healthy interaction both with the environment and among neighbors–people who purposefully choose to live in a community focused on the highest quality of living.
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