Agrihoods are a growing trend amongst developers and homebuyers

Posted by West + Main Homes on Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 7:11am.



    • A new type of housing community known as an "agrihood" is popping up around the US.
    • Agrihoods are built around working farms and are replacing the golf communities once favored by baby boomers.
    • There are about 150 agrihoods in the US and more in development.


Millennials are saying "so long" to the country club and "hello" to the farm.

Many so-called agrihoods — short for "agricultural neighborhoods" — are cropping up around the US, and they're aimed at farm-to-table-loving millennials.

Loosely defined by the Urban Land Institute as master-planned housing communities with working farms as their focus, agrihoods have ample green space, barns, and outdoor community kitchens. Some boast greenhouses and rows and rows of fruit trees. The homes are typically built to high environmental standards — think solar panels and composting.

Agrihoods are designed to appeal to young, active families who love to eat healthy and spend time outdoors — and they're not off the grid.

In fact, there are about 150 agrihoods across the country, according to the Urban Land Institute, and some are minutes from bustling cities like Atlanta, Phoenix, and Fort Collins, Colorado. That they don't have to trade in the city for sustainable living is most likely a big attractor for millennials, who represent the largest segment of American homebuyers today.

Paul Habibi, a professor of real estate at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, told The Orange County Register that agrihoods represented a "confluence of economic profits, environmental good, and social benefit" — an especially attractive offer to millennials.

"They actually want a benefit to society," Habibi said. 

Agrihoods could become the 21st-century version of those tony golf communities baby boomers flocked to in the 1990s. Twenty-five years ago, moving near a golf course was a status symbol; the real estate was highly prized, in large part because of the green space and the views.

But millennials aren't interested in that type of manicured neighborhood. In today's culture, where young people favor farm-to-table fare and wax poetic about "clean living," agrihoods are just what they're searching for.

"Forget about the golf courses — our buyers want to have a real environment," Theresa Frankiewicz, the vice president of community development for Crown Community Development, said at the Urban Land Institute's 2016 Food & Real Estate Forum. Frankiewicz is involved in the development of a 6,800-acre agrihood near Tucson, Arizona.

In some places, communities are doing away with the golf course altogether to make room for sustainable living.

Read more about the agrihoods that are being developed all over the country on Business Insider.






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