According to the National Association of Realtors 2013 Community Preference Survey 60 percent of people desire living in neighborhoods with a mix of houses, shops and restaurants with parks nearby. The survey done by NAR’s Smart Growth Program aims to shed light on the characteristics that people desire in their neighborhoods and how they rank as most important to least important to them.
The report showed that while many were able to sacrifice the size of their yard to live in a walkable neighborhood and have a shorter commute to work. When it came to owning a detached single family house over an apartment or condominium, most preferred to have a detached single family house even if it required more driving between shops restaurants and a longer commute to work.
Below are some of the most important takeaways from the report:
- If people could live anywhere, 30 percent would want to be in a suburban neighborhood with a mix of houses, shops and businesses
- A little over half would prefer to live in a community of houses with small yards and an easy walk to schools, stores and restaurants over houses with large yards where you have to drive to get to schools, stores and restaurants (55 percent over 40 percent).
- 53 percent said they would want to have parks, playgrounds and recreation areas within walking distance from their house (42 percent).
- 57 percent of people would prefer a house with a smaller yard and a shorter commute to work, over a house with a larger yard and a longer commute to work (36 percent).
- Nearly two thirds of people want a neighborhood that has a mix of houses and stores and other businesses that are easy to walk to over one with houses only and you have to drive to stores and other businesses (60 percent over 35 percent).
- On the other hand 57 percent would rather own or rent a detached, single-family house, and have to drive to shops and restaurants and have a longer commute than own or rent an apartment or townhouse that is an easy walk to restaurants and shops and have a shorter commute to work.