Urban Living for Home Buyers
The growing popularity of urban housing in some metro areas suggests that an increasing portion of home buyers desire urban style amenities.
These are key characteristics today’s home buyers feel are very important:
39% of today’s home buyers find walkability to be very important
32% of today’s home buyers find proximity to work to be very important
26% of today’s home buyers find neighborhood diversity to be very important
25% of today’s home buyers find public transportation to be very important
This data is from the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing for the California Association of Realtors.
I’m wondering, because it doesn’t say exactly where the survey was done, if this is survey was done in Urban areas only or in a specific part of the country and so on. These are really good pictorials of data but without being clear about who was surveyed it can leave a person wondering exactly what the numbers represent.
I think I would put myself most in the “proximity to work” category as I’m not one who is a big fan of commuting and sitting in traffic. “Walkability” would be nice but I like to live in more of a neighborhood which most of them don’t have amenities within a reasonable walking distance. “Diversified neighborhood” is a must for me and “public transportation” I rarely use but I can see the benefit to it close to where a person lives.
San Diego has a good amount of urban living areas and from the many buyers I work with there are many who take all of these very important characteristics into consideration when buying. Downtown San Diego, Coronado, North Park, Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, La Jolla, Point Loma and many more come to mind for “walkability”. For home buyers with children I still find that schools are at or near the top of the list.
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