Urban areas – with their walkable neighborhoods, quaint shopping, fabulous dining, and easy access to public transportation – now attract more residents than suburbs. Last year, for the first time in nearly a century, growth in cities outpaced growth in the suburbs.

The idea of city life can be very appealing – that fantasy of riding a scooter from your loft to the cool coffee house down the street – but in the real world, it’s not a workable option for some people. They still need good schools for their kids and lawns for their dogs and garages for their stuff (though rumor has it some people use them for their cars, too). 

If you’re on the fence about buying urban or suburban, maybe you don’t have to choose. New urbanism is a trend toward building suburban developments that mimic city design. In a way, it’s a place where homeowners can have the best of both worlds.

New urbanism-inspired communities include a mix of housing for all kinds of lifestyles. A single-family home with its picket fence might be located just down the street from a row of townhouses or buildings with loft-like condos.

There’s a  “downtown” center with shops and businesses. Schools, rec centers, parks, libraries and theaters are often integrated into these walkable communities as well.

Imagine: a neighborhood where you can golf – and also walk to the hardware store.

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