Choosing Your Ideal Neighborhood

Neighborhoods are as diverse and unique as the people who live in them. From close-knit communities to private and mature tree-lined streets — there’s a fit for every buyer.

Many young families seek communities brimming with amenities, such as pools and parks. Others place top priority on schools within a prestigious district. Still other buyers are more interested in neighborhoods within walking distance of restaurants, theaters, and other fun times!

It can be a tough map to navigate. Here are some tips for finding your perfect neighborhood!

  • School Districts: If you currently have, or plan on having children, it’s important to research what local school district you wish your children to attend. This becomes even more critical if you are moving and wish for your children to remain in their current school!
  • Noise Factor: You may love the house, but will you love the road noise from the adjacent highway? Visit your potential neighborhood during different times of the day and varied days of the week. Some otherwise quiet streets become raucous hubs during the wee hours of weekend nights. Also check for train tracks, subways, roads, and airports!
  • Walk/Driveability: How close will you be to restaurants, grocery stores, doctors’ offices, parks, and other recreational establishments? Many families want to be close to the action — so close that they can walk!
  • Favorite Activities: Do you love golf, boating, or spending your time at the gym? Research local amenities before deciding on which neighborhoods to search. It’s no fun driving for hours to make it to your favorite activity.
  • Safety: Ask your real estate agent or local enforcement about the crime rate for a particular area. Some have higher levels of thefts and even violent crimes. A beautiful house can’t make up for feeling unsafe.
  • Resale: Discuss the resale potential of a certain neighborhood with your real estate agent. If you aren’t planning on staying in your home indefinitely, then it’s important to consider the long-term. Will you be able to sell a home in this neighborhood in 10, 15, or 20 years? Is it up-and-coming or has it come and went?The neighborhood you choose will have an impact on your day-to-day life, so it’s important to make the right choice for your family. Be sure to consider these tips when you’re next in the market to buy!

Published: October 25, 2012 from Carla Hill, Realty Times


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