Walkable Communities free you from the hours in your car, and that means a lower cost of living. Mixed-use villages also bring hundreds of on-site jobs (FT & PT), as well as numerous community amenities (parks, libraries, etc.) that allow you to live better with smaller lots and homes.
Citadels are complete places: they include homes, shops, services and shared places such as recreation centers, community kitchens, and more, all within a short walk of every resident. (For a longer list, see our Features page.)
Citadels do mixed use the right way, integrating human-scale office, retail, and commercial spaces into residential areas so that destinations are close by, and valuable land is not wasted on extensive (and ugly) parking lots.
The concept of scale is important: we plan about 1280 homes for ~3000 people, sufficient to support a thriving local economy: enough customers for various restaurants, stores, coffee shops, bakeries, and so on. Business owners can live in the community and enjoy a “commute” of a 5 to 15-minute walk; some will occupy live-work units, apartments above their shops or offices. Buildings in the densest part of the village will not exceed four stories; most will be 2-3. Single-family homes will likely be mostly 1-2 floors.
With pocket parks, larger parks, playgrounds, dog parks, and nature trails in close proximity, there is always someplace beautiful to walk to once the work day is done.
This regenerative place produces a much higher quality of life – at a lower cost. Houses in America have steadily become larger over recent decades, in part because our public spaces have degraded so much. So many people do not have beautiful public (free-of-charge) places to meet friends and spend time near their homes, so we need mini-movie theaters, rec rooms and giant living spaces all under our own roofs. Many cultures have centuries-old traditions of going for a walk after dinner in the public square, where residents meet dozens of friends and acquaintances for a good social evening, but few American cities – especially in the suburbs – have similar places. So we compensate for it by trying to put everything into our homes. But ballooning house sizes have bloated the mortgage payments and municipal infrastructure needed to serve all these spread-out places, which raises taxes and utility rates as well.
A village with smaller lots and houses has far lower municipal costs for providing water, wastewater and electrical utilities. With more houses per linear foot of street, there are more customers to pay for the length of water / electrical / cable line serving them. This is another way we keep the costs down.
You and your neighbors will get to know each other over time, as you see each other come and go and run into one another at the coffee shop or park. Our lives are enriched by spontaneous social interactions like the five-minute visit with a person walking the beautiful dog past your home every morning, or the chat with another parent while sitting on the bench watching your kids at the playground. These may not be people you make formal plans to meet with, but they enrich your day with social connections. And because so many of your daily needs are met by services nearby within the community, you have more time to relax and socialize.
Improved health & wellness
More free time means less stress, and less stress makes you feel better. Furthermore, your body will thank you as you integrate exercise into your everyday activities. Instead of thinking about how you “have to” go to the gym or a run as you get into your car yet another time, you will be exercising just by going about your daily routine. For a more intense workout, you can jog to the outdoor fitness equipment or take a run on the extensive nature trails, breathing the fresh air produced by the farm.
With the excellent nutrition you receive from the fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy produced from minerally balanced soils on your community-owned farm, your health improves even more. And as your health and fitness levels go up, your healthcare costs go down.