Reader’s Choice 2017: Pros and Cons of Living Next to a Nature Preserve

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NOVEMBER 9, 2015

Pros and Cons of Living Next to a Nature Preserve
By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

A recent Wall Street Journal article, Luxury-Home Developers’ Latest Pitch: Unspoiled Nature, has inspired me to share some thoughts about owning a home in close proximity to nature.

WSJ’s Katy McLaughlin highlights several new real estate developments surrounded by nature preserves and protected conservation lands. The subtitle says it all:

Forget golf: A growing number of high-end home communities are being built around large nature preserves

For some buyers who love nature, this not-so-new concept holds appeal. And with the waning popularity of golf, and the substantial expense of maintaining the course, nature conservancy seems to be a relatively inexpensive amenity that some developers believe will sell high-end homes.

Of course, some critics have added their thoughts in the comment section of the article: this is just a way for the well-to-do to buy themselves relative privacy, at least along the rear boundary of the property.

Buyers are attracted to natural landscapes that they do not have to maintain. Or at least that’s the perception.

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