The redefinition of the suburbs is a recent phenomenon that Marcus Hiles attributes to the influx of new real estate opportunities in urban settings. After WWII, people moved to the outskirts of the city where sprawling houses and yards with white picket fences showed a new American dream. These neighbourhoods, however, rarely had amenities or diversity, instead opting for row upon row of cookie cutter houses. The types of communities that are blooming now are much more diverse. Companies like Western Rim Property Services are developing residential areas outside of major urban centers that come equipped with shops and services, parks and recreation. As well, apartment buildings and multi-family options are high in demand and becoming an integral part of the new suburbs, allowing people to find homes that fit their unique wants and needs.
For prior generations, suburban communities built on manufacturing, education and other services were the centerpiece of the American Dream. Nowadays, many towns are changing rapidly to accommodate a strengthening consumer market with modern living and spending habits. Population growth rates in suburbs outside of Dallas, Austin, Charlotte, Atlanta, San Antonio, Houston, Denver, Nashville and Portland are now exceeding their urban counterparts via new, transit oriented communities. The Urban Land Institute reported in December their findings: “contrary to popular perception and most media attention, three-quarters of 25 to 34 year olds in the 50 largest metro areas live in the suburbs.” Marcus Hiles welcomes Millenials’ preference to continue to rent as they leave the city with is luxury rental options, and notes that across the country, upscale apartments are being constructed at an astonishing rate, converting former manufacturing sites and undeveloped areas into upscale living spaces flush with amenities.