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Realtors report Americans prefer to live in mixed-use, walkable communities

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From page HS7 | November 08, 2013 | 8 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Choosing a community is one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider buying a home, and research by the National Association of Realtors has consistently revealed that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes. According to NAR’s 2013 Community Preference Survey, 60 percent of respondents favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses and stores and other businesses that are easy to walk to, rather than neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation.

The survey findings indicate that while the size of the property does matter to consumers, they are willing to compromise size for a preferred neighborhood and less commuting. For example, although 52 percent of those surveyed prefer a single-family detached house with a large yard, 78 percent responded that the neighborhood is more important to them than the size of the house. Fifty-seven percent would forego a home with a larger yard if it meant a shorter commute to work, and 55 percent of respondents were willing to forego a home with larger yard if it meant they could live within walking distance of schools, stores and restaurants as opposed to having larger yard and needing to drive to get to schools, stores and restaurants.

“Realtors® build communities and care about improving those communities through smart growth initiatives. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, smart growth is typically characterized by mixed-use development, higher densities, and pedestrian friendly streets that accommodate a wide diversity of transportation modes,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park. “Growth patterns, economic development and quality-of-life issues are inextricably linked to the success of communities and residents.”

When asked to identify their ideal community, the most popular choice was a suburban neighborhood with a mix of houses, shops and businesses. The least popular was a suburban neighborhood with just houses.

As for transportation concerns, 41 percent said improving public transportation would be the best solution, while 29 percent would prefer the development of communities where people do not have to drive long distances to work or shop, and 20 percent would choose building new roads.

The survey of 1,500 adult Americans was conducted by American Strategies and Meyers Research from Sept. 18-24, 2013.

 

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  • SparkyNovember 10, 2013 - 8:44 am

    Interesting read for those in the visioning battle within the county. Self definition of rural and suburbia is part of the ongoing issue. Line in the water....

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 10, 2013 - 9:41 am

    what is interesting to me...is here in Pollock--people already walk. Now to put in sidewalks--you would have to take back easement (which is easy) but to be ADA compliant--you would have to take out all the trees on Pony and make the street flat. Part of "walkability" is "trees." Seems they are healthy for you--breathing and all...they put a fence up at the little library--now people can drink and sleep there without being seen...someone tried to get in...now they have bars on the doors. Ovber fifty years--the little building was fine...just saying.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

    "over"--not obver...lololol

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  • EvelynNovember 10, 2013 - 9:45 am

    CEDAC / CEDAPP "progress"

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  • EvelynNovember 10, 2013 - 9:46 am

    . . . but is such progress SUSTAINABLE?

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 10, 2013 - 9:49 am

    313.9 million (2012) United States of America, Population Be careful of numbers...."The survey of 1,500 adult Americans was conducted by American Strategies and Meyers Research from Sept. 18-24, 2013." 1500/313.9 million = 0.00000477859 Something to think about

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 10, 2013 - 9:53 am

    If you dont plant any trees and stop the weather from destroying the sidewalks--I guess it is sustainable.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 10, 2013 - 10:03 am

    I still want to know the numbers of people who have walked from Sac to South LakeTahoe...lots of money being spent there? CEDAC-CEDAPP? Any of you walk it--ride your bikes ? Does Harper walk to placerville? Maryann?

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