Survey Finds Americans Prefer Mixed-Use Communities


The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently conducted their 2013 Community Preference Survey, which questions Americans on what they look for, and find important, when looking for a home in a new community. The findings were overwhelmingly positive for mixed-use communities like One Loudoun, as 60 percent of respondents prefer communities with homes, shops and businesses that are only within a few blocks of each other.

One Loudoun is the best example of a community that focuses on providing residents with all that’s needed to live a convenient and high quality lifestyle. Everything imaginable is within walking distance, eliminating the need to drive on a daily basis. This means shorter commutes, living more actively, and enjoying all that a community has to offer.

NAR President, Gary Thomas, says in a statement, “growth patterns, economic development and quality-of-life issues are inextricably linked to the success of communities and residents.” There’s no doubt that our community fits all of the criteria to what makes a community livable, promotes residential happiness, and helps shops and businesses attain success.

And, having a well-planned neighborhood is definitely worth something too – 78 percent of survey-takers noted that the neighborhood is more important than the size of the home. But in One Loudoun, residents can have both! They don’t need to sacrifice square footage in order to live in the mixed-use community of their dreams. All types of homes are offered in our community, many of which have plenty of room for growing.

Fifty-three percent of respondents also said they would prefer to live in a house where walking to parks, playgrounds, and recreation areas is easy, even if it’s at the expense of a larger yard. For many families, these concerns are increasingly important; there’s no replacement for living so close to all of the things your family loves.

The 2013 Community Preference Survey just further shows how the traditional suburban ideals are fading, and how the desire to live in new communities with a mix of houses, shops and businesses is growing. Residents in One Loudoun are all too familiar with the benefits of this lifestyle, because when everything you need is just a short walk away, you’ll find you’re spending more time on things that matter most to you.

Source: The National Association of Realtors