New Urbanism

The Rise of New Urbanism

Are you looking for a lifestyle change that brings you closer to the heart of vibrant, sustainable living? Look no further! New Urbanism is here to revolutionize the way we think about our living spaces. Imagine walking down lively streets, having everything you need just a stone's throw away - that's the promise of New Urbanism.

What is New Urbanism?

New Urbanism is not just a trend; it's a lifestyle. It's about creating communities where you can live, work, and play all within walking distance. Picture blocks filled with a mix of homes, shops, and public spaces, all designed on a human scale. This approach harks back to the charm of historic towns and cities, offering a stark contrast to the sprawling, car-dependent developments we've grown accustomed to since WWII.

Why choose New Urbanism?

  1. Walkable Neighborhoods:

    Imagine being able to walk to your favorite cafe, grocery store, or park within minutes. New Urbanism makes this a reality, fostering a sense of community and convenience.
  2. Diverse Living Spaces:

    From charming shopfront houses to cozy courtyard units, New Urbanism offers a variety of living options that cater to all lifestyles.
  3. Community-Centric Design:

    At the heart of every New Urbanist community is the idea of a 'five-minute walk' from the center to the edge, ensuring everything is within easy reach.
  4. Public Spaces Galore:

    Public life thrives in New Urbanist communities. Plazas, squares, and sidewalks are bustling with life, encouraging daily interactions among residents.

The practicality of New Urbanism

What sets New Urbanism apart is its practical approach to design. It's not just about great aesthetics; it's about creating functional, livable spaces. By collaborating with various stakeholders - from builders and engineers to public officials and citizens - New Urbanism brings to life designs that are both beautiful and buildable.

Origins & Philosophy

New Urbanism began in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a response to the unsustainable and socially isolating suburban sprawl. It promotes sustainable and sociable community life through walkable streets, proximate housing and shopping, and accessible public spaces. Seaside, Florida, developed in the 1980's is an early and notable example of New Urbanism. It features a compact, walkable layout with a town center, setting a revolutionary precedent for new development. 

New Urbanism in Washington

In Washington, the communities of Seabrook and The Lookout at Lake Chelan embody New Urbanism in their coastal and lakeside settings, respectively. They showcase how these principles can be adapted to different environments, emphasizing community, walkability and sustainability. There have also, in tandem, become two of the most desirable second home communities within the State and are frequented by weekend visitors that are drawn to their community centric design to connect with others which promotes the core prinicipal of New Urbanism; it isn't just about building spaces, it's about creating communitied that enrich our lives. 

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