Minneapolis Names One of the Top Walkable Cities


Minneapolis, MN (November 20, 2018): Walkable communities are growing in popularity among homebuyers, with Minneapolis currently ranking as the 12th most walkable large city in the United States, according to Walk Score®. Rankings are determined based on the distance of a location from amenities, density of population, block length and pedestrian friendliness.

To meet the needs of these homebuyers, Central Living by David Weekley Homes, the high-density division of the company offering homes in prime locations, is building low-maintenance homes in the northwest Minneapolis community of Donegal South.

“We’re definitely seeing a surge in the number of homebuyers who want housing options that afford them the opportunity to be in walking distance to a variety of shopping and dining options,” said Ian Peterson, division president with David Weekley Homes in Minneapolis/St. Paul. “Another important factor to certain buyers is having a home with lawn maintenance included so that they have more time to entertain family and friends or explore the area.”

Since opening for sales in February 2018, the builder has sold 28 homes and plans to expand its offerings with the development of phase 2 next summer, bringing the total number of homes to 133. Priced from the low $320s, Donegal South features detached two- and three-story homes with David Weekley’s signature open-concept floor plans and modern, gourmet kitchens with large islands. Some homes offer an elevator option.

According to an article from National Association of REALTORS®, there is a surge in popularity of pedestrian-friendly communities as they offer many benefits, including healthier environment, happier lifestyle, sense of community and better overall health. The poll included 3,000 Americans in the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, with 62 percent of millennials opting for this type of walkable community, as well as 55 percent of those born before 1944. In particular, buyers are interested in easy access to public transportation, schools, stores and entertainment, with many in the older demographic siting concerns about driving as a reason to choose these communities.

Donegal South is in walking distance to downtown Maple Grove, which offers shopping and dining at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes and Main Street as well as the nearby Maple Grove Community Center. In addition, there are many family activities at Town Green in Central Park and access to 36 miles of parks and trails.

The Commondale model home, which is located at 8144 Central Park Way in Maple Grove, was recently recognized with a Reggie Award SM from the Builders Association of Twin Cities-Housing First Minnesota. For more information about Central Living by David Weekley Homes in Donegal South, call 763-251-0339 or visit DavidWeekleyHomes.com.

About David Weekley Homes

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 21 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared 12 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 90,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

The two-story Commondale model home in the walkable community of Donegal South.

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