By Century Real Estate July 07, 2020

Mixed use developments infuse commercial and industrial development with residential living. Lately, the real estate sector has experienced a prolific increase in the availability and supply of mixed-use developments across the country, as developers and investors seek new ways to blend urban-style living with walk-to-work integrated ecosystems. Realtors aid in improving and revitalizing neighbourhoods with smart growth initiatives, helping create transit-accessible urban centres. Done right, mixed use developments are designed to not only incorporate various types of real estate together, but inject vitality and complement them in a holistic manner.

As current cities expand and new ones crop up, it is of utmost importance for developers, buyers as well as investors to have a far-fetched vision for the future growth aspect of any particular place. Compact, car-light, environment-sustainable, mixed-use boutique developments coupled with the vision of Grade A developers spur economic growth, social cohesion and quality of life. Additionally, existing and upcoming mixed use developments being strategically located in the vicinity of excellent social and physical infrastructure, with seamless connectivity prove to be the significant growth driver in the real estate industry for the investment as well as ownership purpose. 

The concept of shared community space combined with pedestrianization wherein plazas, parks, sidewalks, clubhouses, business centres foster interaction among the community members, plays a vital role in shaping the vision behind such developments. Individuals across all the age groups can reap myriad of benefits and of course the quotient of safety being much higher in such set ups calls for flourishing communities. These spaces tend to be greener by default and promote all-in-one living. Also, mixed use boutique developments can be efficiently maintained as consolidated infrastructure leads to consolidated operations.

Undeniably, such developments aim to offer the best of both worlds, wherein the risk averse investors can reduce the amount of risk their real estate portfolio is exposed to. That said, diversifying can help investors in minimizing the total impact of bad assets on their investment portfolio, including the ability to counterbalance the loss. Along with providing less risk, mixed-use developments offer higher income, cash flow and longer leases, these different uses can work in synergy. 

While there are low rental yields in residential asset class, with gross rental yields hovering in the range of 1.5%-3.5% or even lower in some cities, mixed use developments record higher average rental yields (somewhere between 6-10%) and a satisfactory capital appreciation. 

Also, the demand for mixed-use developments has been exponentially rising in the recent times because presence of commercial and residential spaces in a mixed-use development creates a complimentary demand that acts as a catalyst for the future growth prospects. While, the residents become the consumers of commercial spaces such as entertainment centres, business centres, schools, and hospitals, the presence of these commercial spaces contributes to the demand for homes. 

And, these transit-friendly neighbourhoods benefit local economies. The concept of coexisting and growing together in a sustainable manner is the very soul of mixed-use boutique developments. 

In nutshell, mixed use boutique developments have a bright future in every aspect as they take care of the needs of the consumers, adding tremendous value- socially and economically.

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