February 26th, 2019

Food and Real Estate

Original article appears on Urban Land Institute

Healthy Places Initiative

ULI’s Food and Real Estate Project explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—and real estate. It highlights how the growing interest in and awareness of fresh, local food is spurring innovation in development projects.

ULI is grateful to the Colorado Health Foundation and the Leichtag Foundation for their support of this project and the Building Healthy Places Initiative.


Reports Agrihoods: Cultivating Best Practices 2018

Inspired by a growing body of evidence that developments centered on working farms can have a positive effect on human health, environmental sustainability, and real estate performance, Agrihoods: Cultivating Best Practicesidentifies strategies to aid developers and their partners in planning, creating, and operating single-family, multifamily, or mixed-use communities built with a working farm as a focus.

The map below provides information about agrihoods throughout the United States and Canada in various stages of development.

ULI Agrihoods Map


ULI will continue to update this map. Please contact health@uli.org to submit additional projects or to share updates and additional information related to the projects shown above.

This publication explores how developers are integrating food-based amenities—such as farms, gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—within projects, thereby generating real estate value and benefits for people and the planet.


  • National Real Estate Investor | “Eight Takeaways from Day Two of ULI’s Fall Meeting – ‘Want a farm in your development? Plan it out.’” October 2018
  • The National | “Are ‘Agrihoods’ the Cure for the Common Suburb?,” December 2017
  • Business Insider | “Millennials are Ditching the Golf Communities of their Parents for a New Kind of Neighborhood,” October 30, 2017
  • The Orange County Register | “Goodbye Golf Course, Hello Olive Grove! New Palm Springs Enclave to Become an ‘Agri-hood’,” October 22, 2017
  • Idaho Business Review | “Boise Spectrum Will Join The National Push for Public Markets,” August 31, 2017
  • Yahoo! Finance | “This Golf Course is Being Converted into a Residential Olive Grove,” August 22, 2017
  • Realtor.com | “Seeds of a New Community: Farm Living Takes Root in the Suburbs,” August 9, 2017
  • Civil Eats | “Growing Agrihoods: The Next Frontier in Urban Revitalization,” January 30, 2017
  • Curbed | “10 Exciting Developments Fusing Food and Real Estate,” November 29, 2016
  • UrbanLand | “Connecting Food and the Built Environment in New Orleans,” March 16, 2016
  • UrbanLand | “Food Adds Flavor (and Value) to Real Estate,” June 28, 2016
  • UrbanLand | “Recognizing the Power of Food in Enhancing Development,” October 19, 2015

Read the entire article here >