Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56 percent of respondents preferring smart growth neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation. That’s according to a recent study, the Community Preference Survey, by the National Association of REALTORS®.
“REALTORS® care about improving communities through smart growth initiatives,” said NAR President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “Our members don’t just sell homes, they sell neighborhoods. REALTORS® understand that different home buyers are looking for all kinds of neighborhood settings and that many home buyers want walkable, transit-accessible communities.”
Walkable communities are defined as those where shops, restaurants, and local businesses are within walking distance from homes. According to the survey, when considering a home purchase, 77 percent of respondents said they would look for neighborhoods with abundant sidewalks and other pedestrian-friendly features, and 50 percent would like to see improvements to existing public transportation rather than initiatives to build new roads and developments.
The survey also revealed that while space is important to home buyers, many are willing to sacrifice square footage for less driving. Eighty percent of those surveyed would prefer to live in a single-family, detached home as long as it didn’t require a longer commute, but nearly three out of five of those surveyed – 59 percent – would choose a smaller home if it meant a commute time of 20 minutes or less.
The survey also found that community characteristics are very important to most people. When considering a home purchase, 88 percent of respondents placed more value on the quality of the neighborhood than the size of the home, and 77 percent of those surveyed want communities with high-quality schools.
The survey of 2,071 adult Americans was conducted by Belden, Russonello and Stewart from February 15-24, 2011.
The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
For the second year in a row, Friendswood Development Company presented a $10,000 check to Houston’s Ronald McDonald House as a part of its long-term and ongoing commitment to the outstanding facility. A division of Lennar Corporation, Friendswood Development Company’s donation comes through the company’s Focused Act of Caring.
With divisions throughout the country, Lennar Corporation rewards associates each year for their efforts in giving back to the community. For the second year in a row, as a result of its support and commitment to Houston's Ronald McDonald House, Friendswood Development Company associates were awarded with a check for $10,000 from Lennar's Focused Act of Caring program to present to the organization.
or nearly five years, the associates of Friendswood Development Company have been honored to donate their time, talents and hearts to a group of very special children and their families who are confronting what is often one of the most difficult challenges they will face in their lifetimes. Each month, a team from Friendswood Development Company visits Houston’s Ronald McDonald House, located in the Texas Medical Center. Houston’s Ronald McDonald House has been a critical home away from home to families with children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
With every visit, Friendswood Development Company associates bring a catered lunch for the residents and staff, and planned activities such as arts and crafts. Each summer, Friendswood Development brings its mini carnival to Houston’s Ronald McDonald House, offering family members of all ages a fun and memorable day of activities, games and prizes; and during the holidays, associates bring gifts to the Ronald McDonald House Store, which offers sick children and their siblings the opportunity to shop for their parents and other family members.
This unique facility continues to provide families of sick children from all over the world with a free place to stay as well as a strong support group and hope - all in a beautiful, welcoming setting where they have convenient access to critically needed care in the surrounding Texas Medical Center.
Supported by generous donors and volunteers, Houston’s Ronald McDonald House has helped countless families get through difficult times including one former Friendswood Development Company associate who, with her family, utilized the facility as her brother battled cancer when she was a child. Immediately upon suggesting the project to her co-workers, the idea was embraced and the relationship was formed.
Today, Friendswood Development Company associates are considered a part of the family at Houston's Ronald McDonald House. From the very first visit, the children and families at the house have touched the hearts of Friendswood Development associates who are all inspired by the courage of the children battling illness and the strength and determination of the families who stand by them every step of the way.
More than an act of caring, this endeavor has become an important partnership for the associates of Friendswood Development Company and the exceptional families of Houston's Ronald McDonald House and one that will last for years into the future.
photo: Friendswood Development Company President John Hammond (center, blue shirt) presents $10,000 to Houston's Ronald McDonald House as the recipient of Lennar Corporation's Focused Acts of Caring program.
Flock is a group of young professionals, 21 and up, who are committed to the stewardship and growth of the Houston Zoo. Through a variety of social and educational events, Flock strives to inspire new generations of Houston Zoo supporters.
With their annual donation, Flock members receive free admission to three cocktail events, include One Wild Night In Africa on Wednesday, April 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with some of the Zoo's touch animals, tour the new giraffe barn, learn about the Zoo's international conservation programs, and enjoy light bites and zootinis.
Flock members will also have unique volunteer opportunities, a Zoo membership, and other exclusive benefits including:
Discounted or FREE admission to all Flock events
Discounted ticket to Feast with the Beasts, the Zoo's annual culinary event
Special volunteer opportunities for Flock members
Opportunities for exclusive Zoo travel
FREE admission to the Houston Zoo for one full year
Exclusive use of the Members Only Express Entrance
An invitation to Zoobilee, the Houston Zoo's annual member appreciation celebration
50% Discount on Wildlife Carousel Rides
Discounts on special events, speaker events, tours, and adult classes
A FREE subscription to WildLife, Houston Zoo's quarterly magazine
10% off purchases in the Houston Zoo Gift Shop
Free or discounted admission to over 130 zoos nationwide
Monthly e-newsletters with the latest Zoo news
Monthly Member Morning presentations
Earlybird entry on Members First Saturdays
Discounts on Zoo admission tickets for friends and family - $2 off adult tickets and $1 off child tickets (tickets must be purchased by the card holding member)
All guests must be 21+, attire is casual and the events are held rain or shine. Flock members should RSVP to email@example.com or contact Sarah Atwood at 713-533-6847 for information on how to join the Flock.
Looking for activities to keep your kids' educational juices flowing this summer? Look no further than the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)!
HMNS is offering Xplorations Summer Camps at the main Houston Museum of Natural Science location and at HMNS Sugar Land.
This year's selection of action-packed science summer camps will include:
Chemistry Camps, including Junior Science Magic, Booms and Blast Offs, Wizard Science Academy, Kitchen Chemistry, Bedazzled Crime Scene Investigators and Super Science Magic.
Space Camps, including Space Cadet, Space Pilot, and Senior Space Commanders.
Robotics Camps, including Roving Robots, Robolab and Battlebots, and the new and improved Advanced Robotics.
Physics Camps, including the always popular Star Warrior's Academy, the new Star Warrior's Council, Booms and Blast Offs, Junior Science Magic, Water Works, Da Vinci Science, Earth’s Wild Ride, Disaster Science, Extreme Machines, Fast & Furious and Design and Destroy
Social Studies Camps, including Mummies and Mysteries, Science of the Round Table, Da Vinci Science, and Medieval Madness
Dinosaur Camps, including T-Rex Roars!, Lost World, and Paleo-Raiders!
Xplorations Summer Science Adventures are week-long, hands-on science summer camps featuring science activities for children ages 6 through 12. Camps are held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For an additional weekly fee, care is available before camp begins each day, from 8 to 10 a.m., and after camp ends, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. For further information, please call the Summer Camp registrar at 713-639-4625 or visit HMNS.org.
With several sessions each month during June, July and August, you are sure to find a time that works for your family. Sign up early, as spaces fill fast!