Characteristics & Advantages

Communities such as Harmony Park, share a couple of important characteristics and provide a number of advantages to residents.  These are:

Characteristics:

Participatory process: The future residents participate in the design of the community, from the ground up, so that it meets their needs.

Neighborhood Design: The physical layout of the buildings, the clustering of homes, size and location of the common facility and design of the open space are decided by the people who will live there with the intention of creating a strong sense of community.

Common facilities: These are designed for daily use, are an integral part of the community, and are always supplemental to the private residences.

Resident management: The community is managed by the residents.

Non-hierarchical structure and decision-making: No one person(s) has authority over others. Decisions are largely made by consensus.

Advantages:

These include:

Place: Being part of a neighborhood, a place, where there is an intentional, organized, and effective effort to create a better and more attractive place, and to deliberately create a sense of place that resonates with its residents.

Social interaction: Living in a neighborhood where you can more easily choose community and social interaction over isolation while still maintaining all the privacy you need.

More facilities & resources: Having attractive and functional interior and outside common areas and facilities conveniently available and affordable by sharing the cost with neighbors.

Cost savings: Living in community is cheaper—a lot cheaper then the alternatives. Sharing on-site resources and not having to maintain a big house are obvious money savers.

Sustainable: projects such as Harmony Park are models of environmental, economic and social sustainability attracting proactive individuals who want to do something about saving the earth and the human race through their lifestyle choices.

Health & wellness: Sociologists have documented that being connected to others in community is healthier and promotes wellness at all ages.

Security: Community living offers a well connected living environment where neighbors watch out for each other’s safety and security.

An appropriate home: People who desire a smaller house that meets their needs like a glove rather than a grocery bag will find it here. Homes in communities such as Harmony Park are more accessible, more energy efficient, and cheaper to live in than traditional housing. In addition, the community’s common facilities allow residents to live big while living small.

Acceptance & Diversity: Living in a place that seeks to find the synergy in the diversity of interests, skills and personality that each neighbor contributes.

Great food: Regular opportunities to celebrate good food preparation and eating with friendly neighbors.

Real estate value: Appreciation in values in authentic neighborhoods have been equal to or higher than other local housing options.

Deeper relationships: Through the natural course of meeting and working together to better the neighborhood and welfare of the community deeper relationships are formed that add value and quality to life.

Convenience, social & physical: Daily convenience from more opportunities to informally share rides, shopping, exercise, etc. and not having to always drive or to make deliberate arrangements to socially interact with a diverse group of friends.

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