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Downtown Urban Living Offers Best of Work-Live-Play! ​

Green Building Group builds luxury new single family homes, multi-family dwellings, and affordable condominiums that are centrally located in downtown DC. Our Urban development are built around you and around the best of what the City has to offer — easy access to Work-Shops-Dining-Entertainment & Recreation living, and without the hustle and bustle of long lines, gridlock traffic, and expensive commutes.

Where people want to live is changing! And it has as much to do with Boomers and Millennials as it does with the emergence – and acceptance – of green echo-friendly living. The Great Recession? Long spoons have been stirring this percolating stew of urban living.
At Green Building Group and Development, we understand this trend and embrace it from top-down. We listen to our customers who are demand easy access to walk – to grocery shopping, dining and recreation and we build around your needs.

Downtown Urban Living Offers Best of Work-Live-Play! ​

So what exactly is it that makes the urban lifestyle so attractive? The following are some of the greatest reasons many people are preferring a small-space, big-city lifestyle.

Walkability ​

Increasingly heavy metro traffic is enough motivation for many to live near their city jobs and eliminate the long, stressful commute, or opt for public transportation. With mass transit, smartphone-hailed taxi services, bike-friendly streets, and the ability to walk to everything you need, vehicles really aren’t necessary.

You have spoken, and we listened. As such, we build in the neighborhoods with ample amenities within walking distant and that’s important to you, and that’s important to us. Walkability is one of the key draws to moving to downtown living. Within a few blocks, you’ll have access to good restaurants, popular bookstores, and theaters. What’s more, there are plenty of kids in the neighborhood for their own children to interact with.

The City Vibe ​

What often begins as a temporary solution to landing a first job or uncertain job market stability is increasingly turning into a preference for urban living.

Even though you may work in suburban DMV area, but you the love the vibe of Downtown city life – you’re not alone in loving the atmosphere of a city. Even in smaller cities, the sense of ‘authenticity’ is a draw to younger adults who enjoy connecting socially within a diverse community. District is a hub of culture and art that always give off a unique impression that appeals to people who value experiences more than personal space and privacy.

City Amenities ​
Hand in hand with the urban lifestyle ‘vibe’ are the public parks, museums, Smithsonian’s, Kennedy Center, theaters, arts, and activities that offer plenty of options for energetic and outgoing young people. City amenities have risen in importance over personal square footage. As some have put it, the city has become the millennials’ ‘living room.’
A Growing Preference for Tiny Living

Couples and families who may still want to own a home down the road but are deterred by current lending conditions are staying longer in the city, and learning to love it. Less living space means less time spent on upkeep, less money spent on filling it with possessions, and more of both for enjoying all the rest life has to offer. While experts are saying that this trend will eventually reverse with a Millennial migration back to the suburbs to raise their families, evidence of many young families content with an urban lifestyle may change that prediction. For right now, we’re seeing a distinct preference for tiny living in the big cities.

Downsize Your Home, Upsize City Lifestyle!

Remember You Have Options

The concept of downsizing can suggest limitation, but in actuality, opting for a reduction in sprawl presents you with a host of opportunities. Are you looking for a change of pace? A home in City’s most sought after neighborhoods, like Columbia Heights, Shaw, Capitol Hill, and Tennleytown area could be perfect for your needs.

If downsizing has crossed your mind, take the time to chart your course. Talk to friends or family who have gone ahead of you, and get their recommendations on where to look and how to plan. Consider your must-haves in a new home and find a local real estate agent who can provide guidance. By streamlining your living space, you can focus your energy on the things that are most important to you.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF URBAN LIVING

Today, the world’s population is over 7 billion people. The United States population is nearly 350 million in 2016. With the population rising exponentially, imagine what will happen to the earth if we continue to travel down the suburban road. The fact is that the earth simply does not have enough land or oil to support the suburban lifestyle. Just look at the rise in gas prices and airline ticket prices or oil budget cuts for municipalities and schools. We are spending so much money on oil in an attempt to support our sprawling lifestyle. Every minute, the United States sends $612,500 overseas to feed our automobile addiction. That’s $882,000,000 per day! Middle Eastern countries are reaping the profits of our American Dream. It’s time we wake from the dream and recognize the real problem.

THE PARADOX OF SUBURBIA

On the surface, this statement actually seems quite valid. I lived in the suburbs and I felt much closer to nature when I was there than I do now in the city. Cities are our urban cores at the center of the surrounding suburbs and, naturally, the further out from the city you are, the more likely you will be closer to nature. So if you are a nature lover then you probably want to live in the suburbs, and if you are an urbanite, you probably want to live in the city, right? Well, not so fast. There is something paradoxical about this belief. Suburbia is actually the leading cause of environmental destruction in the United States. No other phenomenon has caused as many acres of forest to be destroyed here.

Contrary to popular belief, the suburbs are not the most environmentally friendly place to live, nor are they a place for TRUE nature lovers. In an age of environmental consciousness where everyone is trying to reduce their carbon footprint through innovative technologies, hybrid cars, LEED buildings, etc., the best solution may be to return to the cities. Research shows that those who have made the pilgrimage six years ago and feel healthier, happier and more environmentally conscious than they ever felt before. In fact, one can take the next step in lowering their carbon footprint by selling their car while saving you $5,000 a year in auto expenses alone.