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Infill Lots - What Are They, and Why Are They Green?

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Buying an Infill Lot - What is an Infill Lot, and Why is it Greener?

What To Look for with Infill Development


What is an Infill Lot?

"Fill In" Lots

Think of an infill lot as "filling in" available lots and land where infrastructure and services are already in place. 

An infill lot might be an empty lot between homes in an existing newer subdivision.

An infill lot could also be an available piece of land between older homes, or between buildings. 

Infill Lots - What Are They, and Why Are They Green?

Why is an Infill Lot Greener?

Revitalized Neighborhoods

The Urban Land Institute says that urban infill lots converted to new homes create neighborhood revitalization.

Public Transportation

An infill lot is more likely to have access to public transportation that has been put in place to service existing homes and businesses.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

An infill lot is more likely to be near local businesses and amenities, making walking or biking viable options - and reducing carbon footprints.

What Should I Be Aware Of When Buying an Infill Lot?

Architectural Design

Homebuyers will want to try to match the architectural designs in the existing neighborhood as much as possible.  A 4000 sq ft home built in a neighborhood consisting of 1500 sq ft homes will probably not hold value well - and may not appraise well for financing.

HOA and Review CommitteesInfill Lots - What Are They, and Why Are They Green?

As in many neighborhoods, potential homes may need to be reviewed and approved by any existing homeowners associations or review committees. 

Shape and Size of Lot

The lot may be an odd size or shape, which has caused it to be passed over.  Your builder may be able to recommend a type of home or floor plan that will fit well, or make modifications to your favorite plan.

Impervious Surface

The city or county may have a maximum impervious surface requirement.  This means the foundation, walkways, and driveways can not cover more than a specific number of square feet.  Again, the builder and/or architect can work to design or modify the home, driveway, and walkways so that the impervious surface requirement is met.

Sewer and Water

Don't assume that sewer and water are readily available - be sure to check on whether or not hookups already exist at your infill lot.  If not, find out what the cost will be to make sure your new home has sewer and water (or a septic and well) available.

Get an Expert to Review Your Infill Lot - Then Enjoy Your New Home!

Work with a builder and/or agent with plenty of experience purchasing land and building on infill lots.  There are some differences between infill lots and new neighborhoods, but there are advantages too!  Knowing the right questions to ask and having a home that fits well can make all the difference.

Need help deciding on a lot or neighborhood?  

Stanton Homes offers a free lot inspection to help you find the fit that works well for your budget - and provides a full cost analysis of site work, permits, fees, and sewer and water costInfill Lots - What Are They, and Why Are They Green?s.  Contact us today to find out more.

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Comments (13)

Randy Hooker
Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area - Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek

Very nice post, Penny!  You've brought to light several issues with infill lots that most folks would never think to consider.  Nice!

Randy Hooker

Feb 04, 2009 04:17 PM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Randy - Even knowing the basic questions to ask can make a big difference...

Feb 04, 2009 09:27 PM
Leander McClain
North East, MD
Cecil & Harford County Realtor


Very interesting.  I am not sure that I understand  why so many things have a green designation other than "Green is In".

Have a great day

Make This YOUR Best Year Ever

Feb 04, 2009 11:54 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Penny, great post.  You may be interested in the ECO-All-Stars group, give them a try:  http://activerain.com/groups/GREEN

I will reblog this as part of the February Spread the Link Love Challenge! 


Hope you get lots of comments!



Feb 05, 2009 07:49 AM
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You are now the leader in the reBLOG  February (it's so easy link-LOVE) Challenge over at the Eco-All-Stars Group...having two (2) reBlogs on your very interesting post! Thanks for the information!

Feb 05, 2009 08:27 AM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Leander - Yes, there are a lot of things with a green designation.  Some are accurate, some are not.  But making choices that limit our use of limited natural resources, that reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals released into the atmosphere and the ground, and that reduce our impact on the land will make this planet better for us and better for our children.

Feb 05, 2009 09:57 PM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Sylvia and Janeanne, thanks very much!

Feb 05, 2009 10:00 PM
Joanne O'Donnell
Chic Home Interiors - Oakland, CA

Penny very interesting post, I teach green and had never heard of this - very well done!!!

Feb 06, 2009 02:22 AM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Joanne - Glad you found the article helpful.  Watch for more green information!

Feb 10, 2009 10:54 PM
Edward D. Nikles
Ed Nikles Custom Builder , Inc. / Nikles Realty , Inc. - Milford, PA

Thanks Penny , here in my part of Northeast Pennsylvania we are building on a lot of Infill Lots in Subdivisions created in the 60's or 70's as vacation home communities & have now become Multi-Generational Communities ( MGC's ) with a mix of 1st Time , Move-up , Active Adult & Vacation Homes . We currently have an inventory of 36 Infill Lots waiting for homes ! Thanks for all the information ! Keepin' it Green !

Feb 15, 2009 07:20 AM
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!

Hi Penny - great post! You have explained so well the benefits of infill lots and also the many reasons a good builder is an integral part of choosing an infill! I'm glad you shared the information!!!

Feb 16, 2009 02:55 PM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Ed - Infill lots are certainly most common in well-developed cities, and can make great use of limited space. 

Mary - glad to help!

Mar 04, 2009 11:33 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I love learning new stuff about the sustainable living and passing my new knowledge to anyone who wants to listen. 


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