I’m wondering … will the opening of the Mudhouse in Crozet increase surrounding property values? My bet is yes.
I have long believed and argued that being "close to stuff" is valuable for buyers, sellers – people – both from a quality of life and from a property value point of view. With the opening of the Mudhouse, Crozet inches closer to having a real urban core – and that is valuable – economically and sociologically.
One question that I ask all of my clients who are interested in walking or biking to "stuff" is, "what does that mean to you?" Walking for some is 1.5 miles, and 1.5 blocks for others. Just as biking distance may be 3 miles or .5 miles.
From the Cyberhomes blog:
Americans are looking to drive less and walk more these days. Because so many people are interested in using eco-friendly forms of transportation (than hopping into a gas-guzzling car) that means how "green" your neighborhood is may play into your home’s desirability with potential homebuyers.
One measure of this is how walkable your community is whether homeowners can walk to schools, shops, restaurants, schools and places of worship. If your community is a walkable one, it’s likely that it’ll have appeal to a broader segment of homebuyers than neighborhoods that are not.
I know this – the owners get community, and I look forward to spending a lot of time there. They have a lot of outlets, good coffee and are about a mile – a quick bike ride – from my house.
These are some homes for sale in Crozet that are near the Crozet Mudhouse:
Granted, Crozet does not yet have the infrastructure – sidewalks or bike lanes – that we so desperately need, but they’re coming (hopefully).