We’re all seeing it: the Zoom calls, car parades, and balcony gatherings. People are supporting local businesses, showing thanks to those on the front lines, and donating to those in need.
Even though we are physically separated, our communities are growing stronger than ever. It’s made us think about the growing trend we have seen in new developments – one that will likely continue long after this has passed.
Master Planned Communities
From developments with single-family homes to mixed-use construction, developers have been focusing on incorporating more community spaces over the past few years.
At 66 High Street, the pool, once installed, will be a gathering place in summer. Before the current health crisis, residents often walked downtown together, and met up in each other’s units for a glass of wine and some conversation.
At Overland Lofts in Springfield, community spaces will be available for residents only. Since the building is mixed-use, there will also be stores, cafes, and restaurants that people from all over downtown can enjoy together.
Developments all over the country have already started adding in more community spaces. Why? Because it brings people together. Now, more than ever, we see how important connection is.
What to Watch For
One thing we’ve all learned recently is that connection can still happen when we are separated. While we know developers will continue incorporating spaces for gathering in person, we anticipate that builders will also start thinking about how to integrate technology. Here are some things to watch for in development, according to Best in American Living:
- Personalized concierge sales experiences, including a mix of technology and human interaction.
- New ways to access amenities so people can gather utilizing technology.
- Tech-enabled events and participation, such as online book clubs, art classes, or movie nights.
- Greater integration between homebuilders and community developers throughout real estate transactions, including virtual tours for potential buyers.
- Doubling down on outdoor spaces for walking, biking, and gathering.
What would you like to see in a residential development? Let us know!