September 21, 2018

It’s no secret that mixed-use communities are seeing a rapid influx in popularity across the United States. From coast to coast, developers are attracting scores of long-term residents with a mix of residential and retail that creates one-of-a-kind community via upscale amenities with walkable commercial spaces just steps away from the front door. Billion dollar mixed-use projects are sprouting up each week with vibrant designs incorporating ultramodern urban development with a deep understanding of what renters want from their community. These pedestrian-oriented living spaces with layers of land use host an attractive array of public amenities that allow residents to live, play, work, shop and dine in one communal area.

Humphreys & Partners CEO Mark Humphreys believe mixed-use is here to stay: “Modern residents want to live in a community that blends residential, commercial and cultural. For this reason, mixed-use is the smart choice that is attractive and never fails to draw in long-term residents. It’s the urban design of the future that’s great for renters, the environment and the developer’s pocketbook.” HPA has been designing mixed-use communities around the world for over 25 years. Below, we have highlighted some of our most innovative, award-winning mixed-use designs that capture the spirit of this resident-focused, community-enhancing design.

The Standard at Gainesville – Gainesville, FL

Located next to the University of Florida, The Standard at Gainesville is one of the best examples of synthesizing the convenience of mixed-used design with the sleek, amenities-packed layout of student housing. Target, Chik-fil-A, Chase Bank and many other retailers occupy the ground level giving students access to campus, housing and a diverse selection of shopping and dining within walking distance. With an attached AC Hotel by Marriot, visiting parents can stay a few doors down from the kids during game weekends.

222 Hennepin – Minneapolis, MN

With sweeping views of downtown Minneapolis and the Mississippi River, living at 222 Hennepin is a luxurious experience thanks in large part to its sophisticated mixed-use design that encompasses an entire city block. Part of an overall revitalization surge in the North Loop neighborhood, Hennepin features a Whole Foods on the ground floor – the Austin, Texas-based natural and organic grocer is the first grocer in the area thereby attracting residents and locals alike. Built in 2013, the Hennepin is still boasting stellar return on investment 5 years out with an average occupancy rate of 95%.

One Uptown – Dallas, TX

There are very few multifamily mixed-use communities that can boast of having not one but two world-class restaurants just a few steps away from residents’ front doors, but One Uptown can. Fogo de Chao and Circo have made multiple best restaurant lists making an immersive dining experience just an elevator-ride away. In fact, Circo boasts its own glass-bottom pool (the second on the property alongside the residential pool) complete with cabanas and spa features — all open to the public. One Uptown boasts optimal walkability, luxury amenities and an unparalleled mixed-use atmosphere.

The Mayfair on Jasper – Edmonton, Canada

One of our many stunning international projects, The Mayfair is a mixed-use luxury dreamscape that doubles down on convenience with onsite retail space and public transit steps away from the lobby. There’s more to this renter’s paradise than having downtown Edmonton at your doorstep:  multiple restaurants, a coffee shop and a fitness center are all onsite to meet any resident need. All HPA’s mixed-use designs take careful steps to ensure ample odor and noise insulation for residents’ comfort and safety.

The Odeon – New Orleans, LA

The Odeon is an HPA design currently under construction in downtown New Orleans, LA. The 29 story mixed-use high-rise is already garnering a great deal of buzz for its 12,000 square feet of retail space and careful urban development design that incorporates public transportation into the exterior layout. Did we mention that The Odeon will be the tallest building built in New Orleans in over 30 years? Upon completion, The Odeon will no doubt be a mixed-use mecca in the heart of New Orleans’s South Market neighborhood.

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