According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, it appears that most Americans who are buying homes nowadays prefer “walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56 percent of respondents preferring smart growth neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation” (Residential Design and Build).
Now, Realtors look for the whole package for prospects– some people have different preferences when it comes to neighborhood features. Preferences that were listed as options included the following:
- While some people prefer walkable communities (where businesses are within walking distances), others prefer transit-communities and neighborhoods. (Residential Design and Build).
- Some home buyers rather look for spaces that that included more sidewalk space and “pedestrian-friendly features” (Residential Design and Build).
- While space is an important factor, some are willing to “sacrifice square footage for less driving” (Residential Design and Build).
- The majority of those surveyed preferred to live in single-family detached homes. This means that there’s more people who would prefer having their own space and being able to design their landscape the way they choose.
Agreeing with the last point, I would prefer having my own landscape so that I can have options to customize it. If you’re looking to redesign your landscape and you live in Denver, contact Phase One Landscapes at 303.750.6060.
(photo courtesy of dsb nola from Flickr)