Suburban Areas Gain Popularity as City Life Begins to Lose Much of Its Luster

Americans are trending toward a quieter, more laid-back lifestyle but remain interested in urban amenities

Population trends over the last couple decades showed a steadily increasing number of people migrating to the hearts of many of America's cities. Recent reports, though, show this movement appears to be winding down. According to the latest figures, a significant portion of the nation's citizens is being drawn to master planned communities. Analysts expect this current development to gain steam during the years to come for a number of reasons.

A Brief Look at the Great Migration of Recent Decades

Throughout the 1900s, cities sprang up across America and saw unprecedented growth. These areas became nerve centers for commerce, culture, entertainment, employment and a number of other highly sought-after amenities. People were drawn to these aspects by the droves.

In the beginning of this movement, space was readily available. Surging demand prompted developers and entrepreneurs to ramp up their efforts to give the people what they wanted, which was to be in the heart of the action and have an ever-growing list of conveniences to choose from. This brought a vast selection of high-end homes, luxury apartments, restaurants, boutique shops, entertainment sources and other opportunities to those rapidly evolving areas. In turn, people continued to make these cities their new homes.

An Unexpected Turn of Events

Quite a bit of excitement came from all those people moving to the cities. Every time businesses and developers thought their profitability had maxed out, growth would reach entirely new levels. In time, they began to believe there would be no limit.

While they were right in some respects, an unexpected development began to take shape in the background. Though newcomers were still attracted to the prospect of life in these burgeoning cities, they became disenchanted with certain aspects of it as well. Overcrowding became an issue as did swelling noise levels. Increasing demand also brought about a considerable uptick in property prices. People additionally noticed these areas lacked a sense of community. With urban life taking over, access to parks and other natural amenities likewise became somewhat scarce.

Exploring the New Trend

As space and affordable property in the heart of all those hubs dwindled, innovators began to revisit the reigning methods of ensuring supply and demand remained balanced. This gave rise to master planned communities like those offered by Metro Places. Developers realized creating neighborhoods on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle could bring people a number of advantages.

Communities in this category typically offer wide range of features, such as swimming pools, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails and golf courses to name a few. They are also close to the nerve centers providing all the elements known for making city life so attractive. In spite of this proximity, they lack the noise and congestion currently pushing people away from the actual heart of the action. Property prices in these master planned communities also tend to fall into more affordable ranges than those directly within the cities.


For quite some time, development in America's growing cities drove up demand for property in these locales. Developers fed off this growing demand and continually reached for new heights. In turn, this propelled demand even higher. Today, a number of people are deciding to visit Metro Places' neighborhoods and other master planned communities to learn more about what they have to offer.

Properties in the heart of the city continue to see their fair share of interest and are not likely to fade from real estate fame any time soon. That being said, they simply are not everyone's cup of tea. Because of this, market analysts are expecting the suburbs to gain increasing popularity moving forward.

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