walkability

Understanding the Importance of Walkability

Here at One Loudoun, we understand the importance of walkability in a community. It’s one of the main assets you’ll notice in our mixed-use community – the ability to walk from your newly built home to shopping and dining options, opportunities for recreation and entertainment, and even office spaces. More and more developments around the nation are being built with “walkable urbanism” in mind to integrate living, working, shopping and dining into one accessible community.

The trend towards mixed-use, walkable communities continues to grow in popularity, with walkable neighborhoods growing more than twice as fast as the overall market, according to an article from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). And there’s good reason for this increase in popularity – walkable, integrated communities have a lot of benefits that homeowners increasingly want for their lifestyle. To understand the importance of walkability in communities for today’s consumers, consider the following:

Health benefits.

Walkability is important from a health standpoint. The NAR article states that people living in “sprawling” non-walkable areas are more likely to be obese and suffer from associated illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Living in a mixed-use community, with the option to walk to all necessities, complements a healthy, active lifestyle.

Environmentally friendly.

The ability to walk within a community or development is also important from an environmental perspective. When destinations such as work, home, shopping, restaurants and transit are within a quarter-mile to half-mile of each other, consumers are more likely to walk instead of drive, according to information from the Urban Land Institute. Less air pollution from less driving is not only correlated with cleaner air to breathe in, but also a healthier environment.

Time and cost efficient.

Residents of mixed-use, walkable communities spend less time commuting to the shopping, dining, recreation, entertainment and even work destinations when they have the option of walking wherever they need to go. According to the NAR article, this can also lead to cost-efficiency – even if homes in walkable communities are more expensive, the lower costs of transportation means that the combined cost of living is about the same as living in a lower-priced “sprawl” area with longer commutes and higher transportation costs.

Diversity.

Mixed-use communities tend to include a mix of generations, incomes and housing types, leading to a more interesting area with character and charm.

Compatible with current trends.

According to the NAR article, the idea of walkability is compatible with current trends in today’s society. The article states that miles driven per person has been flat or dropping since the early 2000s, and the baby boomer generation is starting to phase out of their peak driving years. In addition, milennials – who are entering or in their peak driving years – are driving about one third less than baby boomers did at their age, according to NAR. With less interest in owning and driving cars, it’s easy to see why walkable communities have become so popular.

According to Kelly Morphy, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the research is in and the conclusion is that Americans increasingly want to live somewhere where they don’t need to use their cars to access the necessities of life. In addition to having walkability as a key factor in our community, we also boast an excellent location in Loudoun County, the fastest growing county in Virginia and the wealthiest in the nation. Everything you want in a community, all within walking distance of your incredible newly built home, located in the heart of one of Virginia’s most desirable counties – what more could you want in a walkable community?

SOURCE: National Association of Realtors, The Business Journals, Urban Land Institute

One Loudoun: A Development to Watch in 2014

We can’t say it enough: One Loudoun is set to be the hottest mixed-use development in the area.  Best of all, The Loudoun Times agrees with us!  They recently published an article highlighting ‘developments to keep an eye on’ for 2014 – and we made the list!  With plans for new stores and businesses, our community is looking forward to all of the incredible growth over this year.  Here are just a few of the many things to get excited about this year at One Loudoun!

New Businesses:

Shoppers, diners, and residents at One Loudoun can expect to see new shops and restaurants opening their doors throughout the community.  New businesses will join our current shop owners to create one of the most diverse shopping scenes in the area. Watch closely for future announcements about new stores!

Accessibility:

Our community is already extremely accessible – right in the heart of Loudoun County, we’re located at Loudoun Parkway and Route 7.  This makes it easy to reach One Loudoun from nearly anywhere in Northern Virginia.  But now, with the addition of the Silver Line out to this area, getting to and from our development will be easier than ever. For retailers, this means more shoppers walking by your windows and more opportunities to grow a following of loyal customers. 

More Fun:

While it might be hard to believe, One Loudoun will offer even more ways for residents and visitors to have fun in 2014.  Between the growing anticipation for the new stadium set to open in 2015, and community events planned for the entire year, 2014 will be a great time to be a part of the community. 

Continued Convenience:

There’s no doubt One Loudoun will remain to be one of the most convenient communities in the area! And residents who live here would agree; the walkability of One Loudoun and its mixed-use ideals make living and working here so conveniently fun.  Everything you might ever need or want is just outside your front door!

This year will certainly be an exciting year for One Loudoun and our residents.  With so much to look forward to, there’s every reason to join this amazing, award-winning community!

Source: The Loudoun Times