Kensington Estates is an upscale, restricted subdivision located on 95.6 acres in the southeastern part of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is off of Perkins Road between Siegen Lane and Highland Road. The development was started in 1997 with the first filing of 67 lots, in 1998 the second filing added 56 more lots, and in 2000 last (3rd) filing added 43 more. There are now a total of 167 lots, 164 of which have beautiful homes, and 3 which have no homes.

Parks, green spaces, and bodies of water are attractive public spaces for urban dwellers. They help reduce the impact on health and quality of life resulting from rapid, uncontrolled urbanization. Equally important, urban green spaces have an important role to play in improving socio-economic outcomes which need to be understood in the context of global challenges such as climate change and other SDG priorities such as building sustainable cities, improving public health and conserving nature.

The scientific literature describes instances of the positive impact of the natural environment on people's health and quality of life, which provides opportunities for city dwellers to increase their physical activity, socialize with others and relieve accumulated stress. There is a growing body of epidemiological research documenting the positive health effects of urban green spaces, including improved mental health and depression, better pregnancy outcomes and reduced morbidity and mortality due to exacerbation of cardiovascular problems, obesity and diabetes8.

Low-income groups tend to live in areas with little green space. Research has shown, however, that making urban areas greener is particularly beneficial to poorer people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, as creating urban green spaces greatly increases their access to green space. Reducing socio-economic disparities in access to urban green space therefore helps reduce disparities in access to health due to their income level, minority status, disability and other socio-economic and demographic factors.

Increasing the number and quality of green spaces helps mitigate the effects of short-lived climate pollutants that cause severe global warming, and also contributes significantly to the rise in premature deaths due to air pollution. These numbers are holding steady at 7 million deaths per year. Fountains, swimming pools, lakes, and rooftop gardens also play an important role, mitigating extreme temperatures and localized overheating in cities, saving energy and improving the urban climate. Air pollution causes rising temperatures and heat waves. Abnormal temperatures lead to more deaths from heart attacks and strokes due to heat waves, especially among people with a history of NCD11. Planting every shade-generating tree in certain locations can lead to a real reduction of about 10 kilograms of carbon emissions from power plants by reducing demand for air conditioning. In Europe alone, air pollution results in 400,000 premature deaths each year, at a cost of about ?330-940 billion.
One of the most attractive features of the subdivision is the number of original trees (40+ feet tall) that were preserved during the development process and the generous spacing between homes. The subdivision also has a very strong Homeowner's Association Board. This 3 person Board is responsible for the managing of day-to-day subdivision affairs, the general upkeep of the subdivision, homeowner's dues, and the Architectural Control Council (ACC). The ACC ensures that all deed restrictions are being met in the subdivision. Board members are elected annually, while ACC members are assigned. All board members must be a current home owner or lot owner.

The home values in the subdivision have a broad price range, from the $300,000's to $1,000,000+.

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