The Cannery, Davis, Calif., is a The New Home Company farm-to-table neighborhood
The Cannery, The New Home Company's farm-to-table community in Davis, Calif.

Placemaking is picking up in importance, as prospective home buyers look "beyond the box" of their houses at value, considering square footage outside the home as important as inside the defined edges.

Here, CityLab contributor Lydia Lee features a profile of The Nationals award-winning community of the year, The Cannery, a master planned community in the Sacramento-area city of Davis, Calif. Lee notes that the farm-to-table idea is catching on widely, particularly as households and families prioritize values, and value-growing over time. She writes:

Planned developments that incorporate a farm are known as “agrihoods” and are catching on across the country. “They’re becoming the new golf-course community,” says Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, who estimates there are about 200 such neighborhoods around the country. “They represent the values of Millennials—a convergence of food, health, local ties, and the sharing economy.”

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