According to a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS®, 53 percent of Americans would prefer to live in communities containing houses with small yards but within an easy walking distance of the community’s amenities rather than living in communities with houses that have large yards but they have to drive to all amenities. This is the first time a majority of Americans have shown a preference for walkable communities.
When it comes to generational preferences, millennials and the silent generation showed the highest preference for walkable communities and short commutes. Gen-Xers and baby boomers still prefer suburban living, indicating in the survey that they have no problem with having to drive places if it means living in a single-family, detached home.
Read the 2017 National Community and Transportation Preference Survey for more information on what adults across the U.S. are looking for in a community. Speak to recent homebuyers about how the walkability of their new neighborhood factored into their purchasing decision. Talk to REALTORS® about whether they have seen any changes in the value of homes in more walkable communities.