Find your good life in the agrihood

Find your good life in the agrihood

Rendering of the agrihood at Arden, courtesy of Freehold Communities.

New communities focused on family life, healthy living and farm-to-table are popping up across the country, as homebuyers want more from their communities.

Boston-based developer Freehold Communities has plans for eight communities nationwide, several of which are built around the concept of the "agrihood."

The agrihood is an open space devoted to community gardens for homeowners to have access to fresh produce in their community. The Miralon development in Palm Springs, California, is transforming an 18-hole golf course into a working olive grove, community gardens and walking trails.

All of the new communities express the company’s Vital Community approach that embraces healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. Each development features extensive amenities customized to reflect the setting and culture of the region.

Read more about Serenbe, another community focused on healthy living.

“Rather than take a cookie-cutter approach to master planning, we immerse ourselves in the local market to create amenities and a community that best expresses their interests and wellbeing,” said Freehold Southeast Division President Andy Smith.

Executives at Lennar Homes, a builder in several of the Freehold communities include Arden, find homeowners are embracing the agrihood concept.

Rendering of Lennar's Easton model at Arden.

"The explosive growth of Agrihoods with farm-to-table living amenities and the desire for open, green spaces and recreational activities that exemplify healthy living is undeniable nationwide," said Dan Grosswald, Lennar Palm Atlantic Division president. "Arden offers South Florida the finest in destination living that combines all of these amenities and more in response to a growing demand from millennials, baby boomers and everyone in-between."

The new communities include:

Shearwater, St. John’s County, Florida (near Jacksonville). A 1,524-acre, 2,600-lot community with 13-miles of walking trails through 600 acres of preserved habitat, parks, fields, lakes and canoe/kayak access to Trout Creek.

Legacy at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Features 304 home sites on 316 acres, a resort-style pool and clubhouse, golf course, walking trails, and community gardens in the hills of the North Carolina Piedmont and views of Jordan Lake.

Durham Farms, Hendersonville, Tennessee (near Nashville). Although it features 1,090 lots on 472 acres, Durham Farms offers a small-town lifestyle with tree-lined streets, ample green space, neighborhood parks, and three miles of walking trails around Old Hickory Lake.

Headwaters, Dripping Springs, Texas (near Austin). This 1,035-acre development features 1,000 lots and expanses of natural habitat, including Barton Creek and five protected hilltops, plus resort-style split-level pool and eight miles of trails.

Orchard Ridge, Liberty Hill, Texas (near Austin). With 248 acres and 670 homesites, the community features an expansive system of walking trails, playgrounds, orchards, community gardens, and neighborhood parks in the Texas Hill Country.

Arden, Palm Beach County, Florida. The 2,000 home sites are set within 1,209 acres that include a 5-acre community farm, a mile-long central lake, 20 miles of trails and 176 acres of parks and open spaces.

Homestead, Schertz/Cibolo, Texas (near San Antonio). The 522 acres with 1,471 homesites are connected by five miles of trails to ponds, recreational parks, and natural surroundings.

Miralon, Palm Springs, California. One of the largest new agrihoods in the U.S., Miralon’s 309 acres include 1,150 Modernist-inspired residences and the transformation of an 18-hole golf course into olive groves and community gardens.

At the heart of each Freehold community is an amenity center, which includes the clubhouse, or Hub, where residents may grab morning coffee or lunch at the Wi-Fi Café, gather community information or talk with the on-site management team.

Lennar Homes has embraced the agrihood concept so deeply that it acquired a 225-acre family-owned farm near Apex, North Carolina, to build its own agrihood community. The Smith Farms development is designed for 560 new homes, ranging from the $300,000s to the $600,000s. Lennar will set aside a portion of the property as a working farm, with raised beds available for lease to farmers and community gardens for residents.

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Topics: Building Green, Going Green, Healthy Homes, Home Design & Plans, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Communities

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