As the urban population density increases and start to concentrate in cities, people start becoming more individual and self-absorbed. This, in turn, increases anxiety levels, creates more illnesses and makes society and community come second. In other words, living together or closer to each other does not turn us into a community; nor does it make us happier.
Beyond Our Living Space
When we think of a community, the first thing that comes to mind might be our neighborhood, our neighbors, or even the street we live in. However, a lot of the time we don’t even know who lives next door. In fact, we probably have hardly anything in common with them. Neither the space, nor the people that surround us make us into a community.
On the other hand, technology and internet allow us to be connected around the world constantly. However, this ease of communication and immediate response hasn’t necessarily pushed us into becoming a working community either. When we talk about living in community, we mean sharing a lifestyle, with a common purpose, to be connected with each other and with nature.
So, how do we achieve living in community?
Throughout history, there have always been different types of communities. Today, new ones keep popping up, always based off mutual interests. One of the most common interests today is eco-consciousness, for example. From that, a large community of people have gathered to find solutions to the impact that the growing population is causing on our planet. Living together towards a single common goal is known as intentional community. This is a group of people living together benefiting from common values such as collaboration, sustainability, problem-solving, safety, and others.
Now, when you translate this into what benefits you can reap from real estate, we’re talking about advantages that a regular community might not withstand. For example, as retirees, finding a community with a common goal (retirement, in this case), is golden when making friendships, participating in activities, or simply caring for the environment together. Or perhaps you’re not thinking of a community for retirement, but rather a community of expats who share the goal of becoming locals, getting to know a new place, and, again, forging friendships.
The Main Goal is Collaboration and Socialization
Today, when we think of communities as a space, we think of places designed for people to find themselves and to facilitate socializing. There are many types of communities in real estate, such as the aforementioned. But there is also something new that interest investors based off communities. That is the idea of co-living and co-working. Places like this interest investors who are after a hearty return on their investment. This is especially true when catering to millennials. They have adopted the digital nomad lifestyle and are looking for communities to live in.
Spaces like UNITE Tulum allow residents to collaborate, socialize and create new projects together. Whether they decide to stay there for a short-term period, or would rather rent for a lengthier time, is unique to their personalities and individual projects. As an investor, you will reap benefits from their lifestyle, their need for community and their interest in collaboration.
Embrace a Better Lifestyle
Whichever your need for community is, the truth is that they make people happier and healthier. You might notice that people who create intentional communities and work towards a common goal, facing challenges together, create a change in those around them. And that is the point, after all. Moreover, when communities start adopting sustainable living, eco-technologies and green lifestyles, they are not just positively affecting each other, but the planet itself.
That is why communities such as UNITE, or others like Luum in Tulum or a soon-to-be-announced green community in Playa del Carmen, are catering to truly caring for the planet that not only gives us life, but also gives us the possibility to enjoy such thriving tourism in the Riviera Maya.
So, what does it mean to live or thrive in community? Each person can define that themselves. All we can do is tell you that as investors, or retirees, communities are where you should be paying attention.
And remember, at Top Mexico Real Estate…we make it happen!