Sustainability in Real Estate Today

In Today’s Luxury Real Estate Market
The Industry Is Embracing Sustainability
Welcomed By Designers
Landscapers And Homebuyers Alike. In Luxury Homes
One's Best Self Is Captured And Exemplified. The New Core Ideas Of Luxury Housing Are Eco Friendliness And Sustainability. In Today's Society
Aspirational Living Is Combined With Environmental Consciousness. Our Growing Awareness Of Our Responsibility Towards The Planet Is Largely Responsible For This Change. As A Result
Consumer Behavior Has Changed Towards Simplified And Organic Lifestyles And Living. What Is A Naturehood And Agrihood? Defined By Any Green Space Or Nature Nearby A Neighborhood
A Naturehood Acknowledges The Growing Disconnect Between Society And Nature
And The Barriers That Prevent People From Connecting With It. There Are A Number Of Factors Contributing To This
Such As Distance
Inequitable Distribution Of Green Space
Lack Of Knowledge
Lack Of Equipment
Cultural Perceptions Of Nature Spaces
And Racialization. It Should Be A Right To Spend Time In Nature
But Instead It Is A Privilege. “For One Not To Disturb The Land
Its Natural Grade And Vegetation; Perhaps Use Footings To Preserve Mother Earth For Generations To Come.” Says Frank Aazami
Brand Ambassador
Principal Of The Private Client Group At Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
Scottsdale. We’ve Seen Naturehood’s Scattered Throughout Arizona In Recent Years
Silverleaf In North Scottsdale Is Seen As A Luxury Naturehood With 4
600 Acres Dedicated To Open Space And An Expansive Trail System That Meanders Through The Mc Dowell Mountains In The Heart Of The Sonoran Desert. An Agrihood
Similar To A Naturehood Is A Planned Community That Integrates Agriculture Into A Residential Neighborhood. We See This In Agritopia In Gilbert
Where The Neighborhood Is Surrounded By 11 Acres Of Urban Farm Land Designed To Encourage Agrarianism. What Is The Goal Of An Agrihood? “Build Neighborhoods Where Every Neighbor Participates In Planting
Harvesting And Preserving; Focus On Sustainability.” Says Aazami. Can You Give Me An Example Or Two Of A Naturehood Or Agrihood In Your Area? “I Can Share Renderings Of What It Should Look Like: Perhaps Built To Last 40 50 Years Rather Than A Typical 1
Sluidable And Disappearing Walls And Doors
Transforming The Use Of A Single Space Into Many More
Depending On The Time Of The Day
Season And Function(s).” Says Aazami. How And When Did Nature Become A Luxury Amenity? “When Organic Food Became More Expensive To Obtain; I Recall When Out Of Season Crops Were Cost More To Purchase. We Have Lost The Sense Of Sessionability.” Says Aazami
In Recent Years
We Have Seen A Focus On Luxury Naturehoods Targeting Wealthy Homebuyers Fleeing Major Cities To Move To More Remote Regions With The Desire To Be Closer To Nature. Why Are Wealthy Buyers Fleeing Major Cities For These Developments? “The Expression; "You C
These Homes May Not Be Their Primary Residence. “For Second Home Property Owners
There Should Be A Whole Other Achievable Green Energy Mindset For It To Work.” Says Aazami. What Residential Markets In Your Area Are Experiencing The Most Growth Because Of This Trend? We Are Seeing Nature Become More Of A Focus For Nearly All New Buil
Rails And Airports Access
Affordable Land And Need For Workforce Housing Is In Need.” Says Aazami. What Are The Towns And Cities Like Surrounding These Types Of Developments? “Small Town In Need Of Education
Sustainable Agriculture
Jobs And Channels Of Distribution Of Ideas
Products And Accessibility.” Says Aazami. What Sustainable Options And Amenities Are We Seeing? “Mindsets Behind Them
"If We Design And Build It
They Will Come" Sophisticated And Mindful Civil
Agricultural Engineers
Architects And Designers Who Value Nature
Style And Longevity.” Says Aazami. With So Many Master Planned Communities Catering To A Variety Of Lifestyle Preferences
Environmental Awareness Is On The Rise. Certified Green Homes
Renewable Energy Sources
Land Conservation And Community Gardens Are Just A Few Of The Things That Make A Community Green And Sustainable. Along With Green Roofs
High Efficiency Insulation
Windows And Doors
"Carbon Free And Reduced Waste Initiatives Will Fuel These Communities.” Says Aazami. What Are Some Of Their Most Desired
Out Of Ordinary Sustainable Features (Beyond Solar Panels And Temperature Controls)? Rainwater Collectors
Greywater Systems
Bamboo Flooring And Green Insulation Of Cork
Rather Than Stucco Walls Are Just A Few Options To Feature In A Sustainable Home Which Can Reduce Water And Electric Use. “Cork
Looks And Feels Like Stucco; Yet Its Mold And Fire Resistance
It Does Not Crack And Will Retain Its Color For At Least 10 12 Years. I'm Also Realizing The Transformation Of Using Non Paintable Products To Avoid Contact Aesthetic Upgrades.” Says Aazami. Interior And Exterior Design Is Influenced By These Sustainab
“The In/Out Door Space Is Influenced By Its Access
Natural Grade
Orientation (Too Much Or Little Sun)” Says Aazami. Creating Shade Around Your Home By The Use Of Trees And Shrubs Is The Perfect Way To Prevent Excess Heat From Entering Your Home Through Windows And Roofs
Especially In Exceptionally Hot Climates Like Arizona. What New Amenities Are Luxury Buyers Asking Agents For? The Luxury Homebuyer Is Prioritizing Wellness At Home
Requesting Features And Amenities Such As Tranquility Gardens
Jetted Pools
And Steam Showers
As Well As Massage Rooms
Yoga And Pilates Studios
Various Cycling Activities All By An Abundance Of Natural Light. “Washer And Dryer Inside Or Close To Primary; Combination Of Privacy And Views From The Primary Bedroom; Seamless
Zero Grade Indoor Outdoor Extensions; Passthrough Wet Bar To Service Both The Indoors And Outdoors; A Secure Room For Ups/Fed Ex Or Amazon Drop Off And Pickups With Shelves And Hangers In Case Your Dry Cleaner Needs To Drop Off As Well. The Popularity Of W
The Demand For Golf Membership Has Spiked To Where Most Clubs Have Announced At Least A 5 10 Year Wait Time.” Says Aazami. Takeaway: While We Have Seen Naturehoods And Agrihoods Become More Common In Arizona
Engineers And Landscapers Are Continuing To Further Embrace Sustainability And The Idea Of Nature Focused Communities. Interested In Living In A Luxury Sustainable Home? Private Client Group Offers Enhanced Global Real Estate Marketing Services
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In today’s luxury real estate market, the industry is embracing sustainability, welcomed by designers, architects, landscapers and homebuyers alike. In luxury homes, one's best self is captured and exemplified. The new core ideas of luxury housing are eco-friendliness and sustainability. In today's society, aspirational living is combined with environmental consciousness. Our growing awareness of our responsibility towards the planet is largely responsible for this change. As a result, consumer behavior has changed towards simplified and organic lifestyles and living.


What is a naturehood and agrihood?


Defined by any green space or nature nearby a neighborhood,  a naturehood acknowledges the growing disconnect between society and nature, and the barriers that prevent people from connecting with it. There are a number of factors contributing to this, such as distance, inequitable distribution of green space, lack of knowledge, cost, lack of equipment, cultural perceptions of nature spaces, and racialization. It should be a right to spend time in nature, but instead it is a privilege. “For one not to disturb the land, its natural grade and vegetation; perhaps use footings to preserve mother earth for generations to come.” says Frank

Aazami, Brand Ambassador, principal of the Private Client Group at Russ Lyon

Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale.


We’ve seen naturehood’s scattered throughout Arizona in recent years, Silverleaf in North Scottsdale is seen as a luxury naturehood with 4,600 acres dedicated to open space and an expansive trail system that meanders through the McDowell Mountains in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.


An agrihood, similar to a naturehood is a planned community that integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood. We see this in Agritopia in Gilbert, where the neighborhood is surrounded by 11 acres of urban farm land designed to encourage agrarianism.


What is the goal of an agrihood? “Build neighborhoods where every neighbor participates in planting, harvesting and preserving; focus on sustainability.” says Aazami.


Can you give me an example or two of a naturehood or agrihood in your area?

“I can share renderings of what it should look like: Perhaps built to last 40-50 years rather than a typical 10 year mindset concert. Foldable, sluidable and disappearing walls and doors, transforming the use of a single space into many more, depending on the time of the day, season and function(s).” says Aazami. How and when did nature become a luxury amenity? “When organic food became more expensive to obtain; I recall when out-of season crops were cost more to purchase. We have lost the sense of sessionability.” says Aazami.

Who is moving into these communities and why?


A naturehood is designed for anyone that wants to get outside and enjoy nature close by.

“It should be for all age groups although retirees may like to become more involved in order to enhance productivity; spirituality and sense of leadership.” says Aazami. However, in recent years, we have seen a focus on luxury naturehoods targeting wealthy homebuyers fleeing major cities to move to more remote regions with the desire to be closer to nature. Why are wealthy buyers fleeing major cities for these developments? “The expression; "you can't take it with you" must have redefined wealth. Rich in taste became volatile.” says Aazami. For many luxury buyers, these homes may not be their primary residence. “For second Home property owners, there should be a whole other achievable green energy mindset for it to work.” says Aazami.


What residential markets in your area are experiencing the most growth because of this trend?


We are seeing nature become more of a focus for nearly all new build communities in Arizona along with a heavy focus on sustainability. Karma in uptown Phoenix (scheduled for completion end of 2022) for example will be the first community in the country to use SPAN electric panels which can be controlled via smartphone. Not only are we seeing these sustainable changes within the Phoenix MSA but in Northern Arizona as well.  “Northern Arizona where basic utility infrastructure, roads, rails and airports access, affordable land and need for workforce housing is in need.” says Aazami. What are the towns and cities like surrounding these types of developments? “Small Town in need of Education, Sustainable Agriculture, Jobs and channels of distribution of ideas, products and accessibility.” says Aazami.

What sustainable options and amenities are we seeing?


“Mindsets behind them, "if we design and build it, they will come" sophisticated and mindful Civil, Agricultural Engineers, Architects and designers who value nature, style and longevity.” says Aazami. With so many master-planned communities catering to a variety of lifestyle preferences, environmental awareness is on the rise. Certified green homes, renewable energy sources, land conservation and community gardens are just a few of the things that make a community green and sustainable. Along with green roofs, high-efficiency insulation, windows and doors, "Carbon Free and reduced waste initiatives will fuel these communities.”  says Aazami.


What are some of their most desired, out-of-ordinary sustainable features (beyond solar panels and temperature controls)? 


Rainwater collectors, greywater systems, bamboo flooring and green insulation of cork, rather than stucco walls are just a few options to feature in a sustainable home which can reduce water and electric use.

“Cork, looks and feels like stucco; yet its mold and fire resistance, it does not crack and will retain its color for at least 10-12 years. I'm also realizing the transformation of using non paintable products to avoid contact aesthetic upgrades.” says Aazami.  


Interior and exterior design is influenced by these sustainable additions, “the in/out door space is influenced by its access, natural grade, orientation (too much or little sun)” says Aazami. Creating shade around your home by the use of trees and shrubs is the perfect way to prevent excess heat from entering your home through windows and roofs, especially in exceptionally hot climates like Arizona.


 What new amenities are luxury buyers asking agents for? 


The luxury homebuyer is prioritizing wellness at home, requesting features and amenities such as tranquility gardens, jetted pools, saunas, and steam showers, as well as massage rooms, yoga and Pilates studios, various cycling activities all by an abundance of natural light.


“Washer and Dryer inside or close to primary; combination of privacy and views from the primary bedroom; seamless, zero grade indoor outdoor extensions; Passthrough wet bar to service both the indoors and outdoors; a secure room for UPS/FedEx or Amazon drop off and pickups with shelves and hangers in case your dry cleaner needs to drop off as well. The popularity of water exercise has us searching for lap pools for clients. Here in Arizona, the demand for Golf Membership has spiked to where most clubs have announced at least a 5-10 year wait time.” says Aazami. 




While we have seen naturehoods and agrihoods become more common in Arizona, developers, architects, engineers and landscapers are continuing to further embrace sustainability and the idea of nature focused communities. Interested in living in a luxury sustainable home? Private Client Group offers enhanced global real estate marketing services, tailored for best exposure and result. For decades we've paved the way in excellence, maneuvered through an ever-changing real estate climate, successfully by design and meaningful partnerships. We welcome your interest.

Frank Aazami, principal of The Private Client group, offers Global Real Estate Representation. For an appointment to see a home or a consultation, text “SIRFAAZAMI” to 87778, email,, see or call 480.266.0240. SIR Frank Aazami,, is offering a new Mobile download link for your Android, iPhone or iPad. Preview our global Listings anytime, anywhere, in 18 languages.

Frank Aazami

Real Estate Professional

M: 480.266.0240



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