Coming to a city near you: a new age of living over the shop.
These are residences being developed next to an out-of-town shopping mall in Natick, Massachusetts.
The New York Times reports that apartments at the 12-story development range in price from $425,000 to $1.6 million and are attracting new residents like Ms. Sandell who
said she had not planned to relocate from her 2,400-square-foot town house in Wayland, but she could not resist the chance to live in a downtown atmosphere yet still remain in the suburbs.
With easy access to stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Betsey Johnson, Ms Sandell and others are living what the realtors market as the lifestyle-center model of development
where upscale retailers, sit-down restaurants and condos are built around what looks like a city street....New residents see the development as the best of both worlds, with a downtown downstairs. “It’s like having the city come out to the suburbs,” Ms. Sandell said.
Just as people once lived next to docklands, factories or over the shop in Main Street, they can now occupy the Intersection Valhallah of the retail periphery.
This is the new infill between city and suburb. The final covering of 'the park in-between'. And I can guarantee you that wherever you are, it's coming your way soon.