Cities of the Future Have Arrived!

  • The Best of New Urbanism in America

    Housing developments have come a long way from the cookie cutter suburban tracts and communities like Levittown, N.Y., where commercial centers are completely separated from residential areas and where hundreds and thousands of modest and nearly identical homes line the monotonous streets. Beginning in the early 1980s, many community master planners adopted the principles of New Urbanism, a movement which aims to create compact, walkable and mixed-use villages, towns and cities for a diverse cross-section of residents that ideally include everyone from singles and families, young and old, rich and poor. New Urbanist communities typically include easily accessible town centers, pedestrian friendly neighborhoods with narrow, tree-lined streets and the intermixture of housing types from small apartments to substantial single-family dwellings. New Urbanists are committed to creating communities that embrace a unified architectural vernacular that fits with and enhances the geographic location and they place a premium on public spaces, parks, playgrounds, community centers and schools that promote the interaction of residents with each other and the physical surroundings. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    New Urbanism Goes to the Beach: Seaside, Fla.
  • New Urbanism Goes to the Beach: Seaside, Fla.

    The first town in the United States to be entirely designed on the principles of New Urbanism is Seaside, Fla., a picture perfect community that hugs the pristine shore of the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s panhandle. Seaside was designed in the early 1980s by New Urbanist pioneers Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and has become internationally recognized for its unique and unified architectural style characterized by brightly colored homes with deep roof overhangs, ample windows that allow for cross ventilation, and generous porches, patios and decks. Photo Credit: Seaside, Fla.
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    The pedestrian-friendly community offers residents and visitors a half-mile of unspoiled beaches, a charter school for year-round residents, an inter-faith chapel and a compact downtown area that rings a central square. Seaside’s downtown district includes high-density housing, restaurants, grocery stores and shops of all types including a bookstore, beauty salon and bike shop. Living in Seaside does not come inexpensively and currently listings in Seaside range from around $500,000 for a one-bedroom condo to $1 million or more for a modest cottage to many millions for gulf-front mini-mansions. Photo Credit: Seaside, Fla.
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    In addition to the sugar sand beach, the Seaside community provides residents with concierge services, three swimming pools, six tennis courts and a private fitness center. If buying a Seaside cottage isn’t in the budget, a vast network of vacation rental homes are available with the Cottage Rental Agency. Photo Credit: Cottage Rental Agency
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    A small one-bedroom penthouse condo in downtown Seaside, listed at $499,000, offers 507 square feet of interior space and 345 square feet of exterior space that includes a courtyard, private balcony and a roof-top sun terrace with sunset views over the placid Gulf of Mexico. The two-story unit makes a perfect pied-à-terre and has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area on the first floor and a water view bedroom on the second floor. Photo Credit: Seaside Community Realty, Inc.
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    A two-story, Charleston-style cottage with 1,578 square feet of interior space and 750 square feet of decks and wide covered porches is currently listed at $999,000. The three bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, are located on the ground floor while the living, dining and kitchen areas plus an additional bathroom occupy the second floor in order to take advantage of the light and views of the Gulf. The interiors are light and airy with high ceilings, dark stained hardwood floors and interior shutters for modulating light and privacy. Photo Credit: Patrica Norrell (850)699-7637
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    One of the most expensive listings currently available in Seaside is Wilder by the Sea, a gulf-front residence with 2,331 square feet of interior space and another 600 square feet of decking and porches. The immaculately maintained four-bedroom and 3.5-bathroom home has a circular second floor deck with unobstructed views up and down the beach, two fireplaces, ash and maple floors, a seam metal roof, cedar siding, hurricane resistant windows and, the ultimate Seaside luxury, direct access to the beach. Photo Credit: Patrica Norrell (850)699-7637
    New Urbanist Sustainability: Stapleton, Colo.
  • New Urbanist Sustainability: Stapleton, Colo.

    Stapleton, Colo., just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, spreads across 4,700 acres and is one of the largest New Urbanist master-planned communities in the U.S. committed to sustainable living. When completely built, the five neighborhoods of Stapleton will be home to 35,000 residents and comprise three shopping districts, 24 parks, six schools, two community pools, a recreation center, a dog park, a skate park and numerous public art installations. Photo Credit: Stapleton Denver
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  • Stapleton (cont.)

    Current residents enjoy a weekly farmers market, a monthly antique market, a community garden and numerous local clubs, associations, sporting groups and community events such as Easter egg hunts, a beer festival, free outdoor movies and a summer concert series in the town’s central green. Photo Credit: Stapleton Denver
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    The MODA building, located in the heart of Stapleton’s Town Center offers urban living with light-filled loft-style rental apartments. The building has controlled-access underground parking with a heated ramp, private storage areas, a bike room and elevator access to the parking level and all four residential levels. Loft apartments feature floor to ceiling windows, small balconies with green space views, tall ceilings and super slick kitchens with flat panel cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Prices go from $1,150-1,375/month for a 827 square-foot one-bedroom and one-bathroom unit to $1,750-1,775/month for an 1,146 square-foot unit with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large terrace. Photo Credit: Infinity Home Collection
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    Situated at the center of Stapleton, a not-yet-completed green home with 3,198 square feet is offered from $670,000. The final price depends on the options and finishes chosen by the buyer. The three-bedroom and 3.5-bathroom contemporary has a double height library/foyer, formal dining room, open plan family room and kitchen with a two-sided fireplace and a third floor tower room with wrap around views. The basement level can be built out with a large recreation/game room and two additional bedrooms each with private bathroom. The home’s green features include a photovoltaic solar electric system, a high-efficiency furnace, a Freon-free air conditioning system and high-tech, low-E coated and argon gas-filled windows for maximum energy efficiency. Photo Credit: Stapleton Denver
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    The Urban Estates area in the South End neighborhood of Stapleton offers some of the community’s largest lots and most expensive homes. A not-yet-completed natural cedar and brick residence is being offered at $898,000. The green-built home measures 3,660 square feet and has four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a three-car garage, mountain views and state of the art energy efficiency features including a solar electric system. Photo Credit: Harvard Communities
    Southern Comfort Meets New Urbanism: Daniel Island, S.C.
  • Southern Comfort Meets New Urbanism: Daniel Island, S.C.

    Within the city limits of the historic and charming Charlestown, S.C., sits the 2,700-acre New Urbanist community of Daniel Island. The nine neighborhoods of Daniel Island offer a variety of housing options from affordable condominiums to mid-priced townhouses and single-family homes to bank-account-busting southern plantation style mansions. All of the homes are nestled in South Carolina’s watery and scenic low country. Photo Credit: Daniel Island
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    In addition to the members-only Park Club that offers two world-class golf courses, two resort-style swimming pools, a state of the art fitness center, 11 tennis courts and an outdoor grill and cabana for entertaining, Daniel Island has a vibrant town center, hundreds of acres of parks and preserved green space, 23 miles of rivers and creeks, several neighborhood boat ramps and two professional sports stadiums (one for tennis and the other for soccer). Photo Credit: Daniel Island
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  • Daniel Island (cont.)

    Daniel Island offers a number of condo and townhouse options including a two-bedroom and two-bathroom condo in the Smythe Park neighborhood currently listed with an asking price of $197,900. The 1,193 square-foot condo has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, a separate laundry room, a built-in computer desk in the entry, a master suite with walk-in closet and a private porch with views of the surrounding oak trees. Owners have full access to island amenities including the swimming pool facilities at nearby Pierce Park. Photo Credit: Daniel Island Associates
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  • Daniel Island (cont.)

    In the Codner’s Ferry Park neighborhood, a mid-priced single-family house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms is offered at $609,000. The 3,059 square-foot canary yellow traditional has black shutters, a wide front porch, a screened porch overlooking the landscaped backyard, an attached two-car garage, a gourmet kitchen with a center-island and adjacent family room with a fireplace. The property sits near the Bellinger Island, an unspoiled nature preserve that is encompassed in the Daniel Island community. Photo Credit: Daniel Island Associates
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  • Daniel Island (cont.)

    At the high end of the Daniel Island real estate food chain is a six-bedroom and 8.5-bathroom mansion in the highly desirable and über upscale Daniel Island Park neighborhood. The imposing residence measures 7,253 square feet spread over three floors. In addition to the first-floor master suite with its walk-in closet and spa bath, there are four bedrooms on the second floor, each with a private bathroom. A private guest suite above the garage includes a bedroom, living room, kitchen and private waterview deck. Photo Credit: Daniel Island Associates
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  • Daniel Island (cont.)

    Interior appointments are, as can be expected in a multi-million dollar mansion, luxurious. A waterside living room has a fireplace and large windows that open to the rear terrace and the kitchen complex includes a breakfast room, massive pantry, wine storage room, utility room and a bathroom that also opens to the rear terrace. A third-floor media room, accessible by stair or elevator, opens to a small covered porch with panoramic views of the surrounding low country marshlands. Photo Credit: Daniel Island Associates
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  • Daniel Island (cont.)

    In addition to the number of decks and porches, the waterfront property has an expansive terrace that surrounds an infinity-edge swimming pool and spa with adjacent pavilion, outdoor kitchen and private deep-water dock. Ownership of this property includes some membership privileges in the members-only Daniel Island Club. Photo Credit: Daniel Island Associates
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