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Studies | The Positive Impacts of Wellness Real Estate Communities

A number of wellness lifestyle real estate projects have measured and documented their positive impacts on residents.

 

Health & Wellbeing Impacts of Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate: Findings from Some Early Studies:

Gallup Active Living Study

48 COMMUNITIES IN U.S.

Residents of communities that score highest for “active living environment” (walkability, bike-ability, public transit, parks) have:

Significantly lower rates of smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression.

Significantly higher rates of exercise, healthy eating, and fresh produce consumption.

 

RESIDE Study

73 COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA

For every 10% increase in a new housing development’s compliance with “Liveable Neighborhood” design standards, residents were:

53% more likely to walk in their neighborhood.

40% less likely to feel unsafe from crime.

14% more likely to have better mental health.

 

Mariposa

COLORADO, U.S.

3 years after the project’s launch:

Total crime rate decreased from 248 to 157/1,000 people.

38% of residents said their health had improved.

Smoking rates dropped by 6%.

 

Mueller

TEXAS, U.S.

As compared to their previous neighborhoods:

65% of residents increased their physical activity.

48% said their health improved.

84 minutes less spent in a car/week.

Increased social interactions with

neighbors.

Stronger feelings of neighborhood

cohesion.

Arbor House

NEW YORK, U.S.

58% of residents reported increasing stair use.

Increased feelings of safety that supported residents’ pursuit of health and wellness.

 

BedZED

GREATER LONDON, U.K.

84% of residents feel the community facilities here are better than in their previous neighborhood.

65% know more neighbors than in their previous neighborhood.

Residents know an average of 20 neighbors by name. The regional average is 8.

 

Berkeley Group

6 COMMUNITIES IN U.K.

As compared to benchmark neighborhoods, Berkeley residents reported:

Greater feelings of safety.

Greater feeling of belonging to the neighborhood.

Higher rates of talking regularly to their neighbors.

Higher likelihood of staying in their neighborhood.

 

Selandra Rise

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

As compared to previous neighborhoods, residents were more satisfied with:

– Opportunities to meet people.

– Walking amenities & parks.

41% attended a social event or activity here in the last year.

42% increased their physical activity after moving in (but 24% decreased physical activity).

 

Stockland

40 COMMUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA

6/10 residents feel healthier since moving in.

63% are doing more exercise.

2/3 of residents have made new friends.

75% feel like they are part of a community.

Average personal wellbeing score (79%) is higher than national average.

SOURCES:

Arbor House

New York,

United States

Center for Active Design (2017). Advancing Research on Active Design. https://

centerforactivedesign.org/evaluating-active-design-housing.

Claflin, A., Asri, N., Agarwal, R., and Nienaber, S. (2017, January 26). Policy Brief:

Understanding the Impact of Active Design in Affordable Housing: Insights

for Policymakers and Developers. New York City: Center for Active Design.

Garland, E., Baban, K.A., Garland, V., Bey, G., and Sanchez, S.H. (2014). One

Step at a Time Towards Better Health: Active Design in Affordable Housing.

Environmental Justice, 7(6), 166-171. https://doi.org/10.1089/env.2014.0031.

BedZED

Greater London,

United Kingdom

BioRegional and Peabody (2009). BedZED Seven Years On: The impact

of the UK’s best-known eco-village and its residents. Wallington, UK:

BioRegional Development Group. http://www.bioregional.com/wp-content/

uploads/2014/10/BedZED_seven_years_on.pdf.

High Point

Breathe-Easy Homes

Washington,

United States

Seattle Housing Authority (n.d.). High Point Redevelopment: Breathe-Easy

Homes. https://www.seattlehousing.org/about-us/redevelopment/high-pointredevelopment/

breathe-easy-homes.

Takaro, T., et al (2011, January). The Breathe-Easy Home: The Impact of

Asthma-Friendly Home Construction on Clinical Outcomes and Trigger

Exposure. American Journal of Public Health, (101)1, 55-62. https://www.ncbi.

nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3000722/pdf/55.pdf.

Phillips, T. (n.d.). Breathe-Easy Homes ease asthma symptoms in High

Point’s low-income children. https://www.enterprisecommunity.org/

download?fid=1895&nid=13950.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy

Development and Research (2012). Seattle’s High Point Redevelopment

Project. https://www.huduser.gov/portal/casestudies/study_04092012_1.html.

Mariposa

Colorado, United

States

Denver Housing Authority (n.d.). Mariposa Redevelopment. http://www.

denverhousing.org/development/Mariposa/Pages/default.aspx.

Denver Housing Authority and Mithun, Inc. (2012). Mariposa Healthy Living

Toolkit. http://www.denverhousing.org/development/Mariposa/Documents/

Mariposa%20HLI%20Toolkit%202012.pdf.

Center for Active Design (n.d.). Mariposa Redevelopment Master Plan and

Healthy Living Initiative. https://centerforactivedesign.org/mariposa/.

Christensen, E. (2013, March 21). Achieving Green Affordable Living with

Healthy Urbanism. San Francisco, CA: Mithun. http://archive.uli.org/

housingopportunity/march21/130/greeninghousing/Christensen_Presentation.

pdf.

Fletcher, A., et al (2017). Community Engagement for Healthy Housing: The

Story. Change Lab Solutions – The Block Project. https://medium.com/theblock-

project/community-engagement-for-healthy-housing-50a187287f3.

Kramer, A., Lassar, T., Federman, M., and Hammer-Schmidt, S. (2014). Building

for Wellness: The Business Case. Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute. http://

uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/Building-for-Wellness-The-

Business-Case.pdf.

Mueller

Texas, United States

Zhu, X., et al (2014). A Retrospective Study on Changes in Residents’ Physical

Activities, Social Interactions, and Neighborhood Cohesion after Moving to a

Walkable Community. Preventive Medicine, 69(Suppl.), S93-S97. https://www.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4268044/.

College of Architecture Center for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M

University (2013). Walkable Communities: Evaluating Impacts of a Walkable

Community on Residents’ Physical and Social Health. https://www.acsa-arch.

org/docs/default-source/resources/aia_sus_tamu_rpt_digital_f.pdf?sfvrsn=2.

Zhu, X., et al (2014, March). Health Impacts of a Walkable Community. 2014

Active Living Research Conference. http://activelivingresearch.org/healthimpacts-

walkable-community.

“Walkable Communities” Really Do Work. January 7, 2015. Texas A&M Today

Press Release. http://today.tamu.edu/2015/01/07/walkable-communities-reallydo-

work-study-finds/.

Walkable community’s influence on physical activity investigated. October 23,

  1. ARCHOne. https://one.arch.tamu.edu/news/2012/10/23/zhu-decade-ofdesign/.

Selandra Rise

Victoria, Australia

VicHealth (2016). Planning and designing healthy new communities: Selandra

Rise. https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and-resources/publications/

selandra-rise.

Maller, C. and Nicholls, L. (2016). Selandra Rise Research Highlights. https://

www.planning.org.au/documents/item/7721.

VicHealth (2016). Reducing commute times integral to the health of our outer

suburban residential communities. https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-andresources/

media-releases/reducing-commute-times-integral-to-the-health-ofour-

outer-suburban-residential-communities.

Maller, C. and Nicholls, L. (2016). Build in good services from day one for

healthier communities: lessons from Selandra Rise. https://theconversation.

com/build-in-good-services-from-day-one-for-healthier-communities-lessonsfrom-

selandra-rise-58790.

Maller, C. (2012). Master Planned Communities and the Re-formation of Cities

for Health and Wellbeing: The Case of Selandra Rise. International Making

Cities Livable Paper. http://global-cities.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/

IMCL_2012_Maller_paper_14022012.pdf.

Stockland

(developer of 40

communities in

Australia)

Stockland (2017). The Stockland Liveability Index: Community Insights for the

Future of Australian Cities. https://www.stockland.com.au/residential/discoverour-

communities/sustainability-and-well-being/liveability.

Stockland (2017, August 8). “Liveability” survey, urban experts unveil

ingredients for successful cities. Joint Media Release. https://www.stockland.

com.au/media-centre/media-releases/liveability-survey-findings-urbanexperts-

unveil-key-ingredients-for-successful-cities.

Stockland (2017). Stockland Sustainability DMA Series: Community (FY16).

https://www.stockland.com.au/about-stockland/sustainability/shape-thrivingcommunities.

Stockland (n.d.). Liveability – Residential Communities. https://www.planning.

org.au/documents/item/5553.

Property group designs liveability index. August 31, 2011. http://www.

thefifthestate.com.au/articles/property-group-designs-liveability-index/27251.

Shared Value Project (2016). Stockland: Creating liveable communities

through shared value. http://sharedvalue.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/

Stockland-SVI-Case-Snapshot_Final.pdf.

Berkeley Group

(developer of 6

communities in United

Kingdom)

Berkeley Group. Creating Successful Places. https://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/

sustainability/social-sustainability/creating-successful-places.

Berkeley Group (2012). Creating Strong Communities: How to measure the

social sustainability of new housing developments. https://www.berkeleygroup.

co.uk/media/pdf/e/9/berkeley-group-social-sustainability-parts-1-3.pdf.

Berkeley Group (2014). Creating Successful Places: A Toolkit. https://www.

berkeleygroup.co.uk/media/pdf/l/h/berkeley-social-sustainability-toolkit.pdf.

Berkeley Group and UK Green Building Council (2015). Practical how-to guide:

How to use a social sustainability framework. http://www.ukgbc.org/sites/default/

files/How%20to%20use%20a%20social%20sustainability%20framework.pdf.

Dixon, T. and Woodcraft, S. (2013, November). Creating Strong Communities:

Measuring Social Sustainability in New Housing Development. Town and

Country Planning. https://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/cme/Tim-Dixon-

Design-Wellbeing-paper.pdf.

RESIDE Study

Western Australia,

Australia

University of Western Australia (n.d.). RESIDEntial Environment Study

(RESIDE) II. http://www.see.uwa.edu.au/research/cbeh/projects/reside2.

University of Western Australia (2015). Living Liveable. The impact of the

Liveable Neighbourhoods Policy on the health and wellbeing of Perth residents.

http://www.see.uwa.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/2805543/CBEH_

Reside_Brochure_.pdf.

University of Western Australia (2015). The RESIDential Environments

(RESIDE) Project: List of Publications. http://www.see.uwa.edu.au/__data/

assets/pdf_file/0003/2805546/RESIDential-Environments-Project_List-of-

Publications_October-2015.pdf.

Giles-Corti, B., et al (2007, November). Can the impact on health of a

government policy designed to create more liveable neighbourhoods be

evaluated? An overview of the RESIDential Environment Project. NSW Public

Health Bulletin, 18(11-12), 238-242. https://doi.org/10.1071/NB07027.

Gallup Active Living

Communities Study

United States

Gallup-Healthways (2015). State of American Well-Being: Active Living

Environment in U.S. Communities. http://info.healthways.com/hubfs/Gallup-

Healthways_State_of_American_Well-Being_2015_Community_Impact_

vFINAL.pdf?t=1476288475331.

Witters, D. and Nekvasil, N. (2016, October 11). Communities Built

for Active Living Have Healthier Residents. http://news.gallup.com/

businessjournal/196061/communities-built-active-living-healthier-residents.

aspx/.