Selecting the right property to build on requires looking into more than just the land itself. Reports show that a residential community’s design and amenities can have long-term effects on health and happiness.
Richard Jackson, pediatrician and host of the PBS program “Designing Healthy Communities,” says in a San Antonio Express-News article that people should consider a community’s “proximity to a park, walking trails or whether it’s easy to take a walk around their neighborhood.”
SouthStar’s Vintage Oaks in New Braunfels, Texas, has long provided amenities including an amenity center, community pool and lazy river. Recently the community also opened two miles of walking trails throughout the Texas Hill Country neighborhood and has plans to add another eight.
The hope is that people will walk and bike the trails for exercise, but also use them to visit friends and navigate the community, SouthStar Communities’ Thad Rutherford said.
“Sometimes basketball courts and fountains are neat, but walking trails are one of those things that buyers really say that they want,” Brett Dietz, division president for KB Home in San Antonio, said in the article. “It goes beyond health. It has to do with family and neighbors.”
Another SouthStar community in Texas, King Oaks in Bryan-College Station, also has plans to add walking trails throughout the neighborhood. The miles of walking trails will wind throughout the neighborhood, connecting popular existing amenities like the community pavilion and fishing pond.