Walkability – Why It Matters

I really feel that we are on the cusp of something special in the pocket neighborhood we are developing in downtown Davidson, and this month’s issue of Builder Magazine reinforces what I and my customers have known for some time: walkability matters.  Not only walkability, but also good design and opportunities for building community.

You can read excerpts from the Builder Magazine article by clicking here.  I’ve also attached the full article, which you can download and read by clicking here.

The article states that more and more homebuyers are voting with their feet, choosing to live in locations where they can park the car and walk to shopping, recreation, and other points of interest.  The popular website walkscore.com assigns addresses a ‘walk score’ based upon how pedestrian friendly they are.  The pocket neighborhood we are developing is considered ‘very walkable’ by walkscore.com.

Design is also a key consideration in developing community.  Expansive front porches on the homes encourage interaction with your neighbors, and small but important details such as the relationship of the porch to the sidewalk are thought through for maximum effect (porches should be close to the sidewalk to encourage conversation with passersby, but high enough off the walk to define the beginning of the private space which is the house).  Courtyards and community gardens are not only aesthetic features, but also places for friends and neighbors to gather.

The homes in the pocket neighborhood will reflect a timeless style, with each home being unique.  Cars will be tucked away in detached garages, which in turn will be unique and interesting.

As of this writing only 3 lots of the 15 in the pocket neighborhood are not reserved, so if you’re interested contact us now while some building sites remain.  And, after reading that similar communities across the country are selling homes for over $400/square foot, contact us before I raise the price!


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