Best new burb: Orenco Station

In Hillsboro, Oregon

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The story behind the burb: The award-winning 260-acre development, begun in 1997, focuses on the pedestrian and light-rail commuter rather than the classic car-centric suburbanite. The neighborhood itself is arranged around parks and a bustling Main Street.

Want in? Condos start at about $160K, while single-family homes, on lots that average 3,500 square feet, sell for mid- to high $300K. There are about 1,200 units in Orenco Station; the number will cap off at around 2,000 in roughly five years.

Other new burbs we love
Belle Creek, CO, has won awards for its affordable, family-focused development.

NorthWest Crossing in Bend, OR, preserved the landscape and connected street, sidewalk, and trail systems.

Premier Gardens in Sacramento, already sold out, wins praise for its "zero-energy" houses, while homeowners toast electricity bill savings.

Prospect New Town in Longmont, CO, features narrow, tree-lined streets and a central park.


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