28 Nov Homes sprouting up around farms – the birth of agrihoods
Homes Sprouting Up Around Farms – The Birth of Agrihoods
This past sunday, CBS Sunday Morning, one of my all time favorite shows that I’ve been watching for over 25 years, featured an inspiring story about “Agrihoods” that is an exemplary example of sustainable real estate development. The piece features Steve Nygren,
“The Founder and President of Serenbe, a 1,000-acre sustainable community near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Serenbe is focused on land preservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, high-density building, arts and culture, and community living for multiple generations. It has been described as a model for future communities at the edge of cities or within redeveloping urban areas.” …….Via Children & Nature Network
Serenbe gives us a good glimpse at what the future of sustainable residential development will look like and I must confess, I wish this was around when my kids were young…..
Enjoy the video from CBS!
A new trend is growing around the country: call it the “agrihood,” in which suburban homes are built next to working farms. More than 200 homeowners in an Atlanta suburb are living adjacent to a 25-acre organic farm, making the journey from farm to table very short indeed.
Some interesting articles on Agrihoods;
If you’ve ever tasted an heirloom tomato still warm from the vine or an omelet made from just-laid eggs, then you know just how good fresh can be. Now imagine living in a neighborhood where access to farm-raised produce is just steps away from your front door.
Some recreational developers link real estate to golf courses, others to skiing, water sports or tennis courts. At the Creekside Mills at Cultus Lake, the attraction is a working farm, some of it Agricultural Reserve Land (ALR) that surrounds the 129 detached houses.
American builders have a long history of bulldozing farms to make way for housing developments. Now developers are starting farms to sell homes. Harvest, a $1 billion “urban agrarian” community being built by H. Ross Perot Jr.’s Hillwood Development in Texas, hired a farmer to cultivate vegetables before construction began on a planned 3,200 houses.
When a new $1 billion Florida development of 2,900 homes centered around a nine-acre farm was announced recently, some journalists didn’t mask their enthusiasm for the project. “What has you most excited about new $1B agrihood near UCF?” asked the Orlando Business Journal . Because what’s not to love?