For the feel of a real town - Planned communities often include multi-family housing graciously mixed with single family homes. The variety of sizes and price points allows a broad range of demographics similar to what a traditional town would have as it evolves over the years.
To have a sense of place - Most master-planned communities in Austin have a theme. It might be a Nantucket main street, a Charleston waterfront, a Mediterranean village, or a Texas Hill Country ranch aesthetic. Whatever it is, each theme gives the property, and its residents, a sense of identity and belonging. It is memorable, sometimes vaguely familiar, and often charming. Sense of place is our connection to our environment. It is what makes a home feel like home.
To be in a walkable community – Whether you walk or ride a bike, streets are pedestrian-friendly. Sidewalks, curbs, lighting, benches, pocket parks, and bike paths or trails connect people with the activities that they love.
To have schools that are close to home – While school assignments can vary, most master-planned communities provide space for schools. Many times the schools are close enough to allow kids to walk or ride bikes from home.
To have community facilities - Planned communities often have swimming pools, tennis courts, sports fields, walking trails, ponds, etc. that are shared by their neighbors. These facilities not only meet recreational needs but serve as a way to make social connections which may be of value to anyone new to the area.
To ensure the beauty and attractiveness of their biggest investment – Some developments may start small, but the overall master plan provides that as each section opens, it meets the overall aesthetic of the property. While some areas may change as neighborhoods progress, buyers can view the master plan and be reasonably confident that what they see is what they’ll get.
To get the biggest bang for their buck – In most cases, developers create the infrastructure and then bring in builders to construct homes in particular sections or price points. Builders are usually working on several homes at any one time allowing for cost savings not only in construction but also in landscaping. Buyers can visit a section, street, or model home and feel comfortable with the design, quality, and setting of their purchase.