When you’re buying a home, you’re not just buying a building. You’re investing in the surrounding neighborhood. While older homes are located in established neighborhoods, one of the benefits of buying a new construction home is the increased ability to not only choose the kind of house you want, but the kind of neighborhood you desire. Increasingly, homebuyers are choosing neighborhoods with an active community design.

Active Community Design: An Overview

Active community design means that an area was planned and designed to encourage activities amongst residents. This means the community has pedestrian-friendly features and spaces that encourage neighbors to get outside and enjoy nature. There are many ways builders and community planners can use design to encourage overall neighborhood activity.


One of the most basic features of an active community design is sidewalks. Sidewalks create a safe way for pedestrians and children to navigate the community and can link neighborhoods to community amenities, businesses, and schools.

Street lights

Communities with adequate lighting promote a sense of security and make it safer for residents who are out after dark by increasing visibility. A well-lit community makes it easy for those walking or biking to see any potential obstacles, as well as making them visible to motorists.

Green spaces

Active communities often feature green spaces that encourage residents to enjoy the natural beauty of an area while offering a buffer from the hustle a bustle outside the neighborhood. These areas can also be used as gathering places for picnics, games, or additional neighborhood activities.

Benefits of active community design

There are many benefits to building and living in neighborhoods with active community design. These communities are often able to command a higher sales price, both for new construction homes and homes on the secondary market. Unlike older areas that do not have the same active design features, these neighborhoods offer the safety and security that discerning buyers demand. The active out-and-about nature of these areas also encourages neighbors to get to know each other, which can be vital in creating a sense of community.

Parkside Builders is proud to offer new construction single-family and townhomes in the Nashville Metro area, with new developments in Antioch, Gallatin, and Hendersonville. Explore our design center to see all the options available to new home buyers or schedule a self-guided home tour at your convenience to see the homes yourself!


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