The desire of the Millennial generation to live in the diverse community of the city has created an urban revitalization in recent years, leading many cities to increase development of residential units and companies to relocate their business headquarters to urban locations. Young professionals have established their lives and careers in the city and now the oldest segment of this group is starting to think about marriage and children. Unlike previous generations, they are looking for opportunities to remain in the cities to raise their families.

Millennials are moving to the city and aging into parenthood.

The shift from meeting up at bars to meeting up at playgrounds does not require young families to flee the city in search of suburban neighborhoods. Living in the city eliminates long commutes which equates to more time to spend with their families. Urban amenities become the backyard; the local park and public museum are an extension of the home. The city culture offers a rich and diverse set of experiences for both parents and children.

How can residential design meet the future needs of millennial families?

The Urban Nest development proposes a new way of living for families in an urban environment by curating a mixed-use ground level, providing units tailored to families, and creating community through programmatic elements and planned activities. Three unique floor plans were created for families at different stages of life: The New Family (1 bedroom + flex space), The Young Family (2 bedrooms), and The Growing Family (3 bedrooms). The floor plans alsooffer features catered to a family’s needs during the different stages of parenthood. Solutions for flexibility of spaces,increased storage and convenient access to everyday necessities have been incorporated into each unit plan.

Beyond the convenience of a family-tailored unit plan, The Urban Nest also offers amenities specific to families, making life easier and more fun for kids and parents alike. The amenity spaces and organized resident activities strive to bring families together through common interests and a sharing community. By creating a community of urban families, the building becomes the neighborhood and the residents can grow together and support each other.

Families Woven into the Urban Fabric

By choosing to raise their kids in an urban setting, parents are expressing their priority of a culturally diverse living experience with unique social opportunities for their children. An interactive and playful building design further promotes these values. Unique cues from the exterior of the building help children identify their building on the street as well as the location of their unit within the building. Colorful graphics and patterns and youthful design elements incorporated into the exterior design provide urban families with a home that makes an architectural statement about their inclusion in an already diverse urban fabric.

Creating a Kid-Friendly Sidewalk Environment


In the suburbs, children can run up and down sidewalks with little worry. In an urban setting, however, there is more traffic and distraction. To help mitigate this issue, a variety of design solutions can be applied to an urban family mixed-use building at the ground level. Sidewalk and planter design, increased lighting and physical and visual barriers incorporated along the street can help ease parents’ minds and create an interesting experience for children.

Convenience, adaptability, and efficiency make family units more livable