Marcus Hiles urges renters to live in apartment locations with footpaths, explaining that tenants who take advantage of even mild exercising on the trails live healthier lives. A 2008 study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine expands on this, noting that people who live near park areas tend to have a lower rates of obesity; and a 2010 study by the journal Social Science and Medicine concluded that people who reside near larger amounts of green space were more relaxed as compared to others who spent less time outdoors. Hiles, a strong believer in community building, says that in addition to their ability to help lower energy costs and encourage active lifestyles, walking trails also promote a sense of community among neighbors, with pathways encouraging spontaneous meetings and hangouts. Environmental, practical, and fun, shared public meeting places stand as a network of walking trails are an amenity no rental development should be without.
Eminent Texan property developer Marcus Hiles has a keen grasp on what renters are looking for when choosing a new home. Yet one key luxury too often remains off of most people’s checklists of must-have amenities: nature trails. Hiles encourages apartment hunters to be on the lookout for a network of recreational pathways throughout the community of the unit. As the Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, which designed and currently manages more than 15,000 rental units in cities around Texas, Hiles has felt the many benefits multi-use pathways hold for residents.