A recent National Association of Realtors study finds that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. More than half of survey respondents said they prefer smart growth neighborhoods as opposed to sprawling neighborhoods, or those that require driving for work and recreation.
The study, titled The Community Preference Survey, defined “walkable” communities as those where shops, restaurants and local businesses are within walking distance from homes.
When considering a home purchase, 77% of respondents said they seek neighborhoods with sidewalks and other pedestrian-friendly features, and 50% said they would like to see improvements to existing public transportation rather than initiatives to build new roads and developments.
Additionally, the survey found that while space is still a consideration for home buyers, many are willing to sacrifice more space for less driving. Of respondents, 80% said they would prefer to live in a single-family, detached home as long as it didn’t require a longer commute, but 59% said they would opt for a smaller home if the commute time was 20 minutes or less. Six in ten adults (59%) would rather stay within their budget, even if it meant they could giving up their desired community, compared to 39% who would stretch their budgets.
See the full study findings from NAR.