Anything to avoid driving. That’s what many Americans now favor, seeking living communities where walking, biking or jogging is encouraged… especially if it means errands may be run sans car.

According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, “Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56 percent of respondents preferring smart growth neighborhoods over neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation.”

Interestingly, they’re willing to sacrifice larger footprints in order to live in such environments, further supporting the trend of smaller space living.  As America “right sizes,” home owners and apartment dwellers prefer quality over quantity and purchase home products to follow suit, making the most of their small spaces.

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