Buying a Home

Buying a Home? Community Amenities Matter!

July 9, 2019

From price to number of bedrooms, there are many factors that influence the search for a new home. One of the most important considerations, though, only begins after the property line ends: community amenities.

When you’re house hunting, keep an eye out for neighborhoods with on-site schools, fitness centers or easy access to commuter routes­­­­­­—they’ll likely enrich your lifestyle, and at the very least add a level of convenience to your daily routine. We’ve lined up some popular amenities and the Richmond American communities where you can find them: with so many incredible choices, you’re sure to discover one that inspires you.

Access to business hubs and shopping destinations

Resort-style amenities are eye-catching, but many homebuyers find that access to commuter routes is equally important—if not more so—when choosing a new community. At our neighborhoods at The Preserve at Chino in Chino, California, residents are just minutes from major shopping outlets, and at Landmark at Anthology West in Parker, Colorado, residents enjoy easy access to major highways, as well as close proximity to public transportation options.

Fitness centers, sports facilities and pools

Is staying active one of your priorities? Keep an eye out for a community with a fitness center or a pool, or facilities such as tennis courts, baseball fields and golf courses. For example, Boulder Pass at the Dove Mountain masterplan in Tucson, Arizona, offers residents 81 holes of golf, and our Crystal Valley masterplan communities in Denver, Colorado, boast a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and group classes. Many of our communities nationwide feature private pools, like Gran Lake in St. Augustine, Florida.

Parks, trails and open space

If outdoor activities are important to you, look for communities that offer green space, hiking and biking trails, on-site playgrounds and parks. Our Summerlin neighborhoods in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcase more than 150 miles of trails, as well as an impressive network of parks and paseos.


Well-rated school districts are a top priority for many homebuyers. To make it easier on you, some communities boast their own schools, like our neighborhoods at Audie Murphy Ranch in Menifee, California and Anthem Highlands in Colorado. Both have on-site elementary schools, as well as plans to expand to other grades.

Rec centers and community activities

Getting to know your neighbors can make your community feel even more like home. A neighborhood with a central gathering spot or planned social events and activities is perfect for cultivating new friendships. At our Blackstone communities in Aurora, Colorado, you’ll find a clubhouse, a restaurant, a social planner and a pool to help you mingle and make connections.

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