The creation of sustainable, high-density communities starts with comprehensive master planning that strategically leverages the scale of the site. This presentation addresses how designers, developers and city planners can create high density communities within and outside urban centers by implementing a set of neighborhood design principles. Examples will illustrate how employing these principles provides increased desirability and value for residential development projects and delivers projects with measurable positive environmental impact. Toronto provides a unique perspective to study high-density neighborhoods; this city of “neighborhoods” has recently shifted from a low-rise landscape into a high-rise metropolis. Making reference to the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Neighborhood Development LEED® rating system and using specific Quadrangle projects such as the Fort York Neighborhood and Downtown Markham, this presentation presents the opportunities associated with sustainable neighborhood development and demonstrate how such developments could potentially benefit the Chinese and international real estate market.