Marcus Hiles urges renters to identify home locations with footpaths, noting that tenants who take advantage of even brief exercising on the paths enjoy healthier lives. In 2008, a study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine gave further proof, suggesting that people living near park areas tended to have a lower risk of obesity; while a 2010 study by the journal Social Science and Medicine determined that people residing near larger amounts of green space were more relaxed when compared to others who spent less time enjoying the outdoors. Hiles, a firm supporter of community building, says that beyond their ability to help lower energy costs and encourage active lifestyles, trails also promote a sense of closeness among neighbors, with pathways causing spontaneous meetings and interactions. Environmental, practical and fun, walking trails are an public meeting space no housing development should be without.
As a property development expert, Marcus Hiles understands the importance of sustainable development. He announced his company will continue to plant 2,500 trees each year to help the environment. Western Rim Property Services creates affordable subdivisions where renters enjoy a luxurious lifestyle surrounded by parklands, trails, and green spaces. As its founder and CEO, Hiles instigated the planting trees initiative as part of Western Rim’s goal to develop sustainable communities throughout the region.