29 Sep Benefits of a Live-Work-Play Community
Live-work-play communities aren’t a new concept. Formerly known as mixed-use developments, they are rooted in the idea that people are happier living in a neighborhood that provides for most of their needs.
Downtown areas used to function this way in many major cities before people started migrating to the suburbs. The most recent and simple definition of a live-work-play community is a development that has a variety of housing, is close to local companies where the community works, and provides recreational outlets for eating and entertainment. Like miniature towns, they can include grocery stores, movie theaters, walking trails, dog parks and the more.
Live-work-play communities are no longer limited to city centers, either; they are now popping up in suburban areas as a way to mimic the conveniences of city life.
What are some benefits of a live-work-play lifestyle?
Convenience for low-stress living. These communities eliminate long commutes and the hassle of driving all over town to run errands. Less driving also means less pollution and more walking for a healthier lifestyle.
Closer to your neighbors. Live-work-play housing options typically include apartments, condominiums, townhomes and single family homes. They are often built close together in a small neighborhood area, so it is easy to get to know your neighbors. Often you will share community amenities such as parks, restaurants, and community gardens. This makes it easy to connect with your neighborhood.
The circle of life. You may start out as an apartment renter, then grow your family and move to a house, and finally downsize in your later years to a townhome. It’s positive to be able to enjoy the same neighborhood through all the stages of your life.
How you live, work, and play has a big impact on your health, stress levels and quality of life. What do you most enjoy from this type of lifestyle? Do you think there should be more of these types of communities in your city?