Nocatee was recently ranked the 6th best-selling master-planned community in the nation, according to a 2013 study by RCLCO. But what exactly is a “master-planned community?” What sets it apart from other neighborhoods or subdivisions? And what are the benefits of living in one?
As the name implies, a master-planned community is one that was carefully planned from the start. Unlike older, established communities that developed over decades – often in a haphazard fashion – master-planned communities are typically new developments where all aspects of the community’s design have been carefully considered before development begins. While master-planned communities may differ depending on location and need, some common elements include:
Size: Larger than a typical housing subdivision, master-planned communities are often more comparable in size and offerings to an established town – minus the traffic, congestion and hodgepodge of business and commercial development often found in older towns that developed over many years with no advance planning.
Infrastructure: Thoughtful planning on such issues as transportation and utilities placement means that master-planned communities offer easy access and close proximity to schools, shops and restaurants. Many are strategically located within easy commuting - and even walking - distance of neighborhood shops and services.
Amenities: Master-planned communities offer the resort-like amenities today’s families crave. In addition to pools and fitness centers, many offer walking trails, athletic courts and a wide range of interest groups.
As more home buyers recognize the advantages of living in a master planned community, the Urban Land Institute notes that home sales in such communities continue to increase.
For more information on how Nocatee incorporates the key elements of a master-planned community, visit the Nocatee Welcome Center or call 1-800-NOCATEE.