Are Car-Free Neighborhoods A New Trend in Arizona?


Have you ever dreamed of renting somewhere without exhaust fumes and the sound of traffic? If you live in Tempe, Arizona, you may get your chance as soon as this fall when a new car-free community begins accepting new tenants. This will be the first locale of its kind for the state, and one of only a few in the US. The construction of this unique neighborhood in Tempe raises the question: Are car-free neighborhoods a new trend in Arizona?

Welcome to Culdesac

Tempe’s Culdesac is advertised as “[t]he first car-free neighborhood built from scratch in the US.” Culdesac is a $140 million project that will have 636 residential units on 16 acres. The property will have 24,000-square-feet of retail and 35,000-square feet of amenities. The community currently under construction,  will offer car-free apartment living and walking access to restaurants, grocery shopping, retail stores, and entertainment. The few available parking spaces will be for visitors and ridesharing only. The community transportation options will include a shuttle bus, rideshare pick up, scooters, and the local light rail.

Recently, Culdesac announced that it is ready to begin looking at potential merchants and retailers to fill its twelve retail spaces. These businesses would be providing vital services to the community’s residents. The developers are committed to leasing the spaces to retailers who can be part of the community’s overall concept. The retail area will have parking spaces, but the community will not allow cars. Culdesac leadership is seeking to strike a balance between offering local products and becoming a popular Valley retail destination.

The Future for Car-Free Neighborhoods

According to a study by the National Association of Realtors, car-free and car-light communities are proving to appeal mostly to millennials and “the silent generation” — the generation preceding baby boomers. Car-free communities are scattered all over the world and throughout the US. Developers like Culdesac are exploring other US cities, and there may be more interest in expanding into this market. For now, Culdesac’s Tempe location will be its only presence in Arizona. However, with Metro Phoenix’s recent growth, mixed-use residential car-free properties within walkable distance of retailers and transportation could become popular.

Attorney Laura B. Bramnick is an experienced Arizona real estate attorney who has the expertise you need at every stage of your real estate transaction. If you are seeking an exceptional, client-driven real estate lawyer in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Sedona, and throughout the state of Arizona, contact Laura B. Bramnick to schedule your consultation.

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