Undeniably, the pandemic has led homebuyers in Malaysia to consider the type of living environment most suitable for them. According to the World Bank, the global urban population is made up of over 4 billion residents in 2019. That’s more than half of the current population worldwide! With a continuous influx of people moving to the city for work, education and lifestyle preferences, urban residents face issues of limited living space and various pollution problems. When it comes to suburban living, these residential homes provide a green city solution for homebuyers who want to live in townships integrated with green parks. Below are some of the benefits of choosing to live in a suburban residential neighbourhood.
1. Suburban Green Space
One of the perks of living in the suburbs is that you do not need to travel far to find a park to leisurely unwind or exercise. You will save much time and car fuel by simply walking over to the designated green spaces within a few minutes. Unlike the unbearable sound of heavy traffic in the city, suburban green spaces help to reduce the surrounding noises. The lush vegetation in eco-friendly neighbourhoods reduces sound pollution through a phenomenon called sound attenuation, which is the reduction of sound intensity. Trees are also able to cool things down, making your home a more comfortable place to live in. Cities are generally warmer compared with in rural areas and suburban neighbourhoods because of Urban Heat Island (UHI). This occurrence is a result of all the people, vehicles and factories contributing to waste heat in addition to closely constructed buildings that insulate heat. By contrast, living in an environment close to nature has less pollution problems. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and filter air pollutants in which it improves air quality for everyone. Although cities are the centre of economic activities, you and your family will experience long-term quality living in green townships.
2. Inclusive Amenities
Over the years, the population in suburban areas has grown to a considerable size due to the need for wider, greener living space. Therefore, basic amenities such as supermarkets, restaurants and clinics are included by property developers to establish a mini “green city” within the suburban township. From organic markets to café bakeries, the selection of amenities in line with eco-friendly initiatives in the suburbs redefines urban living in a way that is both beneficial to suburban residents and the environment. Since these amenities are a stone’s throw away, you only need to walk or cycle while simultaneously reducing carbon footprint. The roads in suburban areas typically have pedestrian walkways and wide roads to be shared among cars and bicycles. Some suburbs even have designated bicycle lanes to keep cyclists safe from the main road.
3. Eco-Friendly Community
Residents in suburban areas are usually close-knit and have a great appreciation for nature. Not only do they have a sense of community to look after each other, but they are also a passionate eco-friendly community that takes the initiative to sustain the green environment. Without a doubt, it is highly motivating to live with a group of nature-loving people who care for the environment as much as you do on a daily basis. Whether it is separating the trash together or teaching basic gardening skills, people in the suburbs are generous with their time and effort to contribute their part to Mother Nature. Apart from that, suburban neighbourhoods have lower population densities which make it easier for you to know your neighbours better. Unlike in overcrowded cities, people tend to not stay in a single location for long. It is common to have high turnover tenants of rental properties. Because of this, it is difficult to maintain friendships with your ever-changing neighbours in metropolitan areas. Meanwhile, suburban communities are likely to stay put, giving the opportunity to build lasting friendships that will no doubt make your life richer — and greener!
4. A Place to Grow up and Grow Old in
There are couples who like to travel around the world without settling for a specific home. Some couples, however, are searching for a permanent place to call home. A suburban residence strives to be an eco-friendly city that both the young and old can enjoy. Raising your children in an environment where they can freely laugh and play in the great outdoors will support their physical and mental development. Being in the digital age, city residents often face difficulty in making arrangements to travel out and exercise in public green spaces. As a result, they fall into a sedentary lifestyle. Research shows that children and teens who spend too much time with on-screen entertainment are likely to be obese which leads to serious health complications like type-2 diabetes, kidney failure and coronary heart disease. Not forgetting the old, their ageing bodies and mind need adequate physical exercises to prevent cognitive impairment. Essentially, living near a green park will motivate people to cut down on their sedentary habits.
As more people recognise the integral role nature plays in quality living, homebuyers nowadays are looking for residential properties with a balanced ecosystem. If you prefer being close to nature and a close-knit community, consider adding suburban properties into your list of homebuying options.