Moving backward and forward at the same time. It’s a statement seemingly meant for a riddle — but in reality, it’s the philosophy of the New Urbanism movement. This movement has us looking back at the great cities of our past and reviving what made them work. Intimate scale. A village square. Green space. These were the things that created such a strong sense of community throughout these towns. And by reintroducing them, New Urbanists hope to bring the same strengths into the present.
New Urbanism and a return to the traditional neighborhood are the motivation behind architect Steve Oubre’s village plan for TerraBella. Oubre’s vision is an answer to the promise of the North Shore that has been unfulfilled by the builders of suburbia. Public spaces mingled with homes, parks, and footpaths all lined with front porches and gardens. It’s an accessible way of life that takes cars out of the equation and keeps them in back lanes and garages, and puts the charming Southern architecture front and center, just as it should be. And while it’s the architecture that initially catches the eye, it’s the idea of moving backward and forward that creates a better way of life for generations to come.
On the surface, TerraBella is beautiful Louisiana architecture, thriving shops and winding footpaths. But if you look closer, it’s a place designed for generations to come. With an eclectic mix of home styles, TerraBella has something to offer just about anyone. Lofts and condos in the village square. Cottages and town homes steps from the park. Houses and estate homes among the pines. It’s a place built with every stage of life in mind, whether you’re newlyweds just starting out, an expansive family that’s continuing to grow or empty nesters ready to downsize. TerraBella has a place for everyone and any situation.