Better Living by Design

What is different between SUV developments and other so called "eco-friendly" developments?

A: Smart Urban Communities are private homes in a medium density setting, with additional access to a range of high quality community facilities that residents can use if and when they wish. The differences and benefits include:

1 Better and smoother operation

Unlike cohousing or bodies corporate, a professional caretaker body manages the infrastructure, administration and maintenance, so residents don't have to worry about things being maintained appropriately or spend hours in meetings as volunteers discussing administrative options.

2 Aligned interests

SUV is different to a standard housing developer, because it will complete the development and then also be involved afterwards, to support the community and help it flourish, by taking care of the things using professional tradespeople or management. SUV will also listen to community members and build what they would prefer, instead of building standard generic housing.

3 Sharing

Shared meals are a common feature of cohousing estates, and some ecovillages and SUV will support communities to share occasional meals too, based on demand.

Shared assets such as a community hall, large community kitchen and perhaps gym etc will also resident to 'pay for less but have more'.

That is, whilst each apartment will be self-contained and fully equipped, residents will have to option to use other assets if they wish. For example, the community hall for a birthday party or the guest room for visitors.

This combination of features is unique and provides the opportunity for residents to gain a much higher quality of life and live in a healthier environment.

Long term leases

Smart Urban Communities contain dwellings that can be rented for the long-term e.g. 5 years or much more. This is unlike other new properties that must be purchased outright with a mortgage or compared with short lease terms which need to be continually renegotiated. Indeed we encourage residents to stay for as long as they like, as this makes communities stronger. The leases will still allow residents to leave whenever they like and no exit fees will apply.

Eco friendly

Smart Urban Communities are far more sustainable than transitional housing, using non-toxic materials, renewable energy and passive solar design principles, to name just a few features. Unlike ad-hoc communities, SUVs design will also be independently certified so we know they will be warm in winter and cool in summer.

Private housing

Smart Urban Communities offer homes designed, built and priced to suit anyone and not a specific market class or segment. They are not classed as affordable or social or public housing.

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