Homes with seamless indoor and outdoor spaces are a hit with buyers, and a Charlotte, N.C., based builder plans to expand on the trend with a new European residential design. Charlotte Business Journal reporter Ashley Fahey says Grandfather Homes is behind The Towers at Mattie Rose development, which will feature a combination of 18 duet and triet homes and will be built around a “woonerf,” a Dutch concept that means "living yard."

A woonerf is a street shared between pedestrians and vehicles and is designed to slow down traffic without speed humps, traffic lights or stop signs.

“We are encouraged by Charlotte buyers to embrace new urbanism — a concept where smaller homes in close proximity to local conveniences are preferred to larger homes with expendable amenities,” said Matt Ewers, president of Grandfather Homes, in a statement. “The woonerf works in tandem by functionally serving as a roadway and aesthetically a gathering space for outdoor living.”

The homes will range between 2,200 and 2,800 square feet, and some will even include Airbnb guest suites. Prices will start in the low $600,000s.

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