Gardens instead of Golf

Perhaps more than any other sport, golf has shaped the topography of suburban developments for decades. But in recent years, developers have found that fewer families are attracted to the sprawling seas of grass in favor of communities with more versatile outdoor spaces. Bike and walking trails, communal gardens, and outdoor education centers are the new green ticket to seducing prospective homebuyers into new developments, according to Construction Dive.

Experience-driven millennials are more likely than their forebears to value parks and outdoor recreation areas like pools and playgrounds. A handful of developers who spoke to Construction Dive cited proximity to meandering paths and forested parks as particularly attractive to young families hunting for homes.