Suburbia Observed

Higher density is still a tough sell. What homebuyers want often is not what they get—usually because they cannot find the type of home they want.

August 12, 2000, 7:30 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


What homebuyers want often is not what they get—usually because they cannot find the type of home they want in their market. A survey of 2,000 recent buyers of both new and resale homes sought not only to identify what homebuyers want and what kinds of communities appeal to them, but also to explore the gaps between what homebuyers want and what currently is available. The survey, by American LIVES, Inc., a California-based market research firm, compared homebuyers of master-planned communities, buyers of new construction homes, and buyers of resale homes, as well as the demographics of buyers. Natural open space, walking and biking paths, and sidewalks were at the top of the amenities list of the homebuyers sampled from Florida, Arizona, California (both the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas), Texas (Houston and Dallas areas), and Colorado. The same items that topped the list in a similar 1995 survey, these amenities were the ones that appealed to all survey respondents, regardless of what type of home they bought or what kind of community they currently live in.

Thanks to Urban Land Magazine

Monday, July 31, 2000 in Urban Land Magazine

Soldier Field

Phase 1 Revealed for $20 Billion Chicago Megaproject

Plans for One Central, a proposed megadevelopment that would add 22.3 million square feet of buildings to the city of Chicago, are taking shape.

October 19, 2021 - Chicago Tribune

A screengrab of the Caharlotte Future virtual open house.

Top Websites for Urban Planning – 2021

Planetizen's annual list of the best of the urban planning Internet.

October 25, 2021 - James Brasuell

An aerial image of the neighborhood of Buckman in Portland, Oregon.

Homeowner Groups Find an Antidote to Zoning Reforms: National Register Historic Districts

Many neighborhoods are moving to create historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places in response to the growing number of states, cities, and neighborhoods loosening single-family residential zones.

October 22, 2021 - Sightline Institute

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.