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Old 01-14-2008, 11:21 AM
 
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Default New urbanism- any insights?

Recently read about "new urbanism" communities in a publication.
These communities are like old fashion small towns where you can walk to stores etc. Most houses have front porches so you can get to know your neighbors. I guess Mayberryish?
Any insight on these communities? Don't play golf and don't want to live in an age restricted community so this would be perfect for me.
I am years away from retiring so being able to find a good job is inportant to me. I'm an experienced Executive Administrative Assistant.
Any and all help would be appreciated.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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There are a couple in Asheville: Gerber Village is mostly commercial with a couple hundred condos planned. There are some available now. The other is Biltmore Park. It's a planned community of single-family homes with several large employers, a town square with shops and a YMCA. The public schools are just outside the development, walkable by those on that side of the community.

I know there are a few in far north Raleigh as well. Bedford strikes me as the name of one of those. Some in the Triangle could let you know more about those.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Uptown CLT (4th Ward)
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Charlotte are has a couple too.

Baxter Village (Fort Mill, SC)
Birkdale Village (Huntersville, NC)

And I am sure there are more in the Charlotte area.
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I live in Falls River in north Raleigh, which borders Bedford. Both communities are considered TNDs, or Traditional Neighborhood Developments. New Urbanist communities include more housing density and more mixed-use development than we have in either of these communities. In fact, Bedford still has NO commercial development at all despite being a 6 year old neighborhood. They do have land set aside for a small town center, but nothing's going up yet.

There are really only two communities in the Triangle that I'd consider true New Urbanist: Souther Village & Meadowmont, both located in Chapel Hill.

Bottom line: there is a clear distinction between TND and NU, so make sure you don't buy in a TND expecting to find a NU community.
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