Measuring the Impact of Community Gardens on Property Values in Austin, Texas
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether close proximity to a community garden impacts single family residential property values in Austin, Texas. The data used in this study were gathered from 200 homes from middle- to upper- class neighborhoods near 10 community gardens in Austin, Texas. Multiple regression analysis was used to test the influence of community gardens on property values. The results failed to support the hypothesis. Factors that influence property values include proximity to downtown, proximity to schools, number of bedrooms, and property size. Results showed that the proximity to community garden, proximity to rental housing and building age had an insignificant effect on property values.