New development delivers what baby boomers seek in homes

A new kind of suburb on the outskirts of Atlanta is promoting intergenerational living and a return to nature.
  • Developers and financiers are not changing the homes they are building for the aging population quickly enough.
  • Baby boomers and retirees want to live in multi-generational communities with access to nature.

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Did you grow up in an street that was close to farms, where the kids played on the street without a parent keeping watch and you didn't have to leap in the car to get everywhere? Serenbe, an urban community 25 minutes south of Atlanta that's nestled in 1,000 acres of forest, is becoming a focal point for urban planners and developers for a new-yet-old approach to residential living -- with an emphasis on health, a love of the arts and sustainable living. Inspired by English villages, the development currently has four hamlets -- the streets are winding, the houses are an eclectic mix of types, and it is all walkable. There is an organic farm and horse stables, and each hamlet also has a commercial element with farm-to-table restaurants, a grocery store and a Montessori school. Where it started Serenbe was first built to save the land, known as Chattahoochee Hill Country, from the urban sprawl of Atlanta, by hospitality entrepreneur Steve Nygren and his family. Their intenti...