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Opinion

January 23. 2014 10:25PM

Real Estate Corner: Survey says people prefer pedestrian-friendly communities

For Americans, it’s all about the neighborhoods.

Americans made two things very clear in the latest biennial Community Preference Survey by the National Association of Realtors: They want to live in walkable neighborhoods, and they care more about neighborhood than house size when deciding where to live.

Given the focus on neighborhood, the question becomes what kind of neighborhood do people prefer most?

According to the survey, it’s a suburban neighborhood with a mix of houses, shops and businesses. The kind of neighborhood they prefer least? A suburban neighborhood with houses only.

Those findings are among several survey results that show an affinity for mixed-use, walkability, compact development and other characteristics of smart growth. The 2013 survey of 1,500 people was conducted for NAR by American Strategies in conjunction with Myers Research and Strategic Services.

The number of people who preferred a mixed-use suburban neighborhood was nearly double the next leading choice of a rural area and nearly triple the number who preferred a suburban neighborhood with houses only.

The total responses for a preferred location to live were: suburban with a mix of uses, 30 percent; rural area, 16 percent; city near a mix of offices, apartments and shops, 15 percent; small town, 14 percent; and city mostly residential, 13 percent.

A detached single-family home was the preferred housing choice of 76 percent. More than half — 52 percent — preferred a detached single-family home with a big yard while 24 percent preferred a detached single-family home with a small yard.

But the preference for large lots versus compact development does not appear to be set in stone.

Most people said they would trade a big yard for a small yard if it meant living in a community where they would have a shorter commute to work (57 percent), could walk to schools, stores and restaurants instead of needing to drive (55 percent) or could walk to parks, playgrounds and recreation areas instead of needing to drive (53 percent).

Most (57 percent) would not, however, trade a detached single-family home for an apartment or townhome even if the apartment or townhome offered a short commute and was within walking distance of shops and restaurants.

If housing type is stripped from the equation, 60 percent preferred a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores and other businesses within easy walking distance versus a neighborhood with houses only where they would have to drive to stores and other businesses.

People also put a high priority on walkability when they were asked to indicate the importance of 19 neighborhood characteristics when deciding where to live.

Sidewalks and places to walk were rated either very important or somewhat important by 80 percent of survey participants. High-quality public schools (rated very important/ somewhat important by 74 percent) came next, but was followed by being within easy walking distance of other places and things in the community (rated very important/somewhat important by 69 percent).

When asked to choose between a smart growth community and a traditional suburban community, 50 percent favored the smart growth community compared to 45 percent for the traditional suburban community (5 percent did not answer).

The smart growth community was defined as a place with a mix of housing types where schools, stores and services are within walking distance and there is nearby public transportation. The traditional suburban community was defined as a place with single-family homes only, where people need to drive to schools, businesses and services and public transportation is either distant or unavailable.

Being able to walk to schools, stores and services was the most appealing characteristic of the smart growth community for 64 percent of the people who preferred the smart growth community. It was also the most appealing characteristic of the smart growth community for 54 percent of those who preferred traditional suburban development.

This information is provided by the New Hampshire Association of Realtors and the New Hampshire Union Leader’s Advertising Department. If you have question, call 225-5549 or email Dave Cummings at dave@nhar.com.







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A report evaluating the condition of the forest on the "West Bowl" lands where Mount Sunapee officials hope to expand skiing operations recommends the state protect at least a portion of the property.

Think tank: NH public policy outdated, based on assumptions that are no longer true

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Gone are the days of rapid growth from the 1960s to the 1990s that drew well-educated young families to the state and helped fuel an economic boom lasting 40 years.

The former Shaw’s grocery store at 360 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack has been vacant for about 10 years. There are preliminary plans to convert the building into an indoor go-kart complex. 

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Recreational vision for vacant Shaw's site

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NH1 Motorplex would like to reenergize the vacant Shaw's plaza in Merrimack by transforming it into an indoor go-kart venue.

MERIT AWARD Hyder Court Housing, Portsmouth. Architect: McHenry Architecture PLLC, Portsmouth. Photographer: Carabell Photography, Dover.

AIA names winners of 2015 Excellence in Design Awards

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Nine projects from eight architectural firms were recognized Friday at the American Institute of Architects New Hampshire Chapter's Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet at LaBelle Winery in Amherst.

HHS shifting money around to meet shortfall

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Budget balancing plan for Health and Human Services will cut nursing home rates by $7 million

ESPN NH Radio leaving Nashua for the Queen City

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A vacant storefront in downtown Manchester will soon be occupied by ESPN NH Radio, which is leaving its current home in Nashua.

DAVE CUMMINGS

NH real estate market sees stabilization in 2014

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After a breakthrough 2013, in which the most New Hampshire homes were sold since 2005, the market barely missed that mark in 2014. But the median price of those sales went up in 2014.

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Divine Mercy of Peterborough sells old church building in Bennington

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The sale of the Saint Patrick Church building in Bennington for $125,000 is close to being finalized.

Nashua seeks renters at potential future park-and-ride site

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City officials are hoping to lease two vacant parcels on Crown Street while plans to convert the property into a commuter park-and-ride lot have stalled.

Experts say economy improving, but slower in New England

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New Hampshire recovering slower than rest of the country, but should see strong growth this year budget writers told.

Budget writers told state has $30 million problem

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State budget officials told lawmakers much can change with the fiscal year 2015 budget before it closes June 30.

Residents petition for pipeline decision delay

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People from communities along the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline want state and federal elected officials to delay the formal approval process.

Mill Pond Crossing residents Larry Kingsbury is shown with his wife, Barbara, who made the 911 call on the day Brentwood officer Stephen Arkell was shot and killed.

'We're different people from that day,' say neighbors of Brentwood shooting scene duplex

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Time has healed some of the wounds, but the cleanup at 46 Mill Pond Road and the rebuilding of the duplex that once stood there has also helped neighbors move forward while keeping the family of...

Londonderry food-preparation firm moving its corporate office to Loeb school building

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A Londonderry-based company that provides prepared food to corporate, education and other clients is relocating its headquarters to the East Industrial Park in Manchester.

The former Manchester Police station at 351 Chestnut St.

Manchester ZBA OKs plan to convert old police station into storage facility

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Candia-based Tranquility Holdings submitted designs for about 240 storage units to be installed in the 31,000-square-foot building, which housed Manchester's police department until its new building...

Hassan proposes business tax amnesty to help balance budget

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Gov. Maggie Hassan will ask lawmakers to approve a tax amnesty program to help close a potential budget gap this fiscal year. She also will ask the Legislature to reduce its budget along with the...

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Rosaly Bass of Peterborough has been named Gardener of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.

Peterborough's Rosaly Bass named organic gardener of the year

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Rosaly Bass of Peterborough has been named Gardener of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.

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Rosaly Bass of Peterborough has been named Gardener of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.

Peterborough's Rosaly Bass named organic gardener of the year

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Rosaly Bass of Peterborough has been named Gardener of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire.

Rob Schaefer, member of the Saint Claudine Villa Academy board, used this Play-Doh set as a prop for arguing in favor of a zone change for the Villa Augustina School.

Goffstown Planning Board hears argument to rezone Villa Augustina

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At the Planning Board's Thursday public hearing for proposed zoning changes, resident Rob Schaefer argued that the Villa Augustina School property be re-zoned in order to make the property easier to...

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Goffstown School Board abandons plans to buy, renovate Villa Augustina

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Following a tour of the Villa Augustina School on Mast Road on Saturday, the Goffstown School Board has decided to not pursue purchasing and renovating the former Catholic school to address growing...

The Villa Augustina School has stood empty since it closed in June.

Goffstown School Board tours Villa Augustina School as purchase explored

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Members of the Goffstown School Board, School Administrative Unit 19 Superintendent Brian Balke, and town residents toured the closed Villa Augustina School property on Saturday, hoping to get a...

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Professional designers talk about high-end trends in holiday decor

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Professional decorators share a glimpse of this year's high-end holiday trends