The following the thesis is a comprehensive study on how the spatial organization of suburban neighborhoods and planned unit developments affect residential satisfaction. This is thesis is also comparing and contrasting how residential satisfaction differs in these two types of neighborhoods. This study uses neighborhood plans, deed restrictions, zoning codes, interviews and photographs. This study also uses research from books and journals on neighborhoods, PUDs, and residential satisfaction. Data from these methods will be interpreted to answer the major research questions. The hypothesis of this study is that spatial organization does affect residential satisfaction. The findings of this study are that residents value many different things. People choose to live where they feel the most comfortable. Whether it is a larger home in a suburban neighborhood or a small simple home in a cluster PUD. It is very evident that people like the deed restrictions because it gives them less to worry about. People in other neighborhoods value freedoms, which is also evident in this study. The spatial organization indeed does affect residential satisfaction, but to what extent is truly undeterminable. If a resident has the means for a housing choice, he or she is going to always choose the neighborhood that best fits them and possibly their family.


Burnell, James

Second Advisor

Moskowitz, Eric


Urban Studies

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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