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Top Ten New Urban Communities – Fall 2007

New Urban Mom’s Top Ten Communities

Note: Communities are not listed in any particular order and are based on our subjective criteria. Please call the community for more information and to find out if the development is suited to you and your family’s needs.

1. Community: Prospect; Location: Longmont, Coloradoincorrigible_circle_streetscape_3_medium.jpg

Propsect is Colorado’s first new urban community. The development is located on an 80 acre tree farm in the city of Longmont. The neighborhood is now in its 4th phase of development and will eventually have 585 units.

A large community park, surrounded by shops, a swimming pool, restaurants and offices comprise the town center – and all of this is within a 5-minute walk of Prospect’s homes. There are a number of advantages to moving into a modern complex such as this. Not only will you be located within a convenient distance of a number of local amenities, but you will also find that you’re less likely to need to claim on your insurance policy from sites like for immediate maintenance costs. If you love the idea of being part of a truly urban community, then this neighbourhood is ideal.

For more information call (313) 684-9999.

2. Community: New Town; Location: St. Charles, Missourihistory-of-new-town-part-2-may2006-july2006-051.jpg

New Town at St. Charles was planned as a “traditional” new development and includes 5 compact, walkable and mixed-use neighborhoods surrounding a series of lakes. The communities offers the best of small town living with the advantages of high tech/high service urban communities.

Prices range from $190K to over $635K.

For more information call (636) 949-2700.


3. Community: Heritage Lane; Location: Cleveland (University Circle), Ohio

house3-heritagelane.jpgHeritage Lane is a small urban development consisting of spacious and luxurious single family homes and contemporary town houses. These homes are steps away from Cleveland’s cultural center for museums and art galleries (University Circle).

Townhomes start at $174,900 ranging in size from 1,300 – 1,800 sq. ft. Heritage Lane Historic homes start in the high $200K and range in size from 2000 – 4,000 sq. ft.

For information call Progressive Urban Real Estate at (216) 397-5607.

4. Community: East Liberty ; Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

East Liberty encompasses 9 acres of abandoned parking lots and buildings as well as Garland Park–a park which had fallen into decline. The new development will be comprised of 79 to 85 housing units and includes a mix of for-sale, detached, single-family homes as well as town homes. All are designed to maintain the historic and architectural integrity of the neighborhood.

A unique element of the plan calls for new homes to be heated and cooled by geothermal heat pumps placed underneath the park, resulting in zero heating and cooling bills for residents!!

For more information call: (412) 361-8061.

5. Community: Orenco Station ; Location: 15 miles west of Portland, Oregon – on the edge of the “Silicon Forest”, home to Intel

Portland wants prospective residents to know that “if they want the feel of a city lifestyle and the advantages of the suburbs, they should consider living at Orenco Station.”

Singles, married couples of all ages and empty nesters live in Orenco Park. New homes start at a little over $150K and can go up to $450K+ .

For more information contact Susan Marthens, Real Estate Broker, (503) 497-2984 

6. Community: Snoqualmie Ridge ; Location: Snoqualmie (30 minutes from Seattle, Washington)

A quote from the Snoqualmie Ridge website reads:

“When kids in my neighborhood see my son playing in the park, they come out and join him. In our old neighborhood that never would have happened. Instead, he would play alone in our backyard.”

Homeowners in Snoqualmie Ridge enjoy the stunning natural beauty of 345 acres of Upper Snoqualmie Valley near Seattle. The community includes a mix of signature homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments. Approximately 2,200 home sites are planned.

For more information visit or call (425) 455-2900.

7. Community: Markham Centre; Location: Markham (35-minutes from Toronto), Ontario (CANADA)

According to the developer’s website “Almost a decade ago Markham established a master plan for itsmarkham-centre.jpg future downtown and put into place the policies necessary to achieve a central urban focus for the town’s many communities.

The town’s vision is to accommodate future growth without the need to expand into the countryside by intensifying development in specific locations that takes advantage of existing infrastructure, that can be served by public transit, and that will provide a more diverse, mature and sustainable municipality.

Markham Centre will be a focus for community activity and public gatherings and will help define the municipality by providing a mix of housing, offices and institutions, plus recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities.”The Benchmark Town Manors and Rouge Bijou Condominium residences form the cornerstone of new “Downtown Markham”. Prices range from $300K to over $600K. For more information call the Remington Group of Companies at (905) 948-9900.

8. Community: High Street; Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

drawing.jpgHigh Street plans to be Philadelphia’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified development. The innovative environmentally friendly community will not use fossil fuels and will be powered exclusively by the sun. For smaller families, or single parents seeking a convenient, sophisticated and healthy lifestyle in the city, this may be the development for you.

The community will be comprised of 53 residential units ranging from 850 sq. ft. 2 BR/2 BA flats to 2154 sq. ft 3.5 BR/3 BA units with extensive balconies. The project also includes two commercial spaces, large common open areas, spacious private balconies and terraces and secured parking.

Pricing: smaller units range from only $249,500 to $289,500. Mid sized units range from $369,500 to $419,000. The largest and most luxurious “Terrace” units will be priced from $479,500 and offer tremendous space.

For more information please call Remax CitySpace at (215) 625-3650.

9. Community: Salishan; Location: Tacoma, Washington

The American Institute of Architects selected the Salishan community as one of its 2006 Housing Award winners. Salishan is a270_7-7-05_progress_photos_021.JPG neighborhood on the East side of Tacoma. Once a depressed post WWII neighborhood, the revitalized community now includes a 30-acre wildlife reserve–complete with a meandering salmon stream. Salishan now provides attractive, affordable new housing for many young couples and growing families.

Phase I of the development consists of 90 market-rate houses and 40 below-market rate houses for sale to buyers with incomes less than 60% of $49,584 – the city’s median income. There are also 300 subsidized rental units.

For more information call (253) 207-4400.

10. Community: Avenue District; Location: Cleveland, Ohio

theavenuedistrictrt37849.jpgThe Avenue District is part of the Cleveland community’s efforts to revitalize the city. Leading area home builder, Zaremba Homes, is taking the lead on this development. The Avenue District blends quality living with upscale flair.

This community will be a “walkable neighborhood weaving seamlessly with The Theatre, Gateway, Civic, and Lakefront Districts and right next door to Cleveland State University, and the historic Galleria indoor shopping mall. It will satisfy the need of urban dwellers looking for a downtown neighborhood that offers culture, entertainment, convenience, and accessibility.”

For more information call Frank Lalli, Sales Manager, (216) 589-8524.