A few Things That Make a Neighborhood Great!
When buying a home, you are buying into the neighborhood as well. Sure the home LOOKS great, but is the neighborhood great?
Not all neighborhoods are created equal. Although there is no such thing as a perfect neighborhood, depending on your lifestyle and your unique needs, there might just be the ‘perfect’ neighborhood for you.
If you are house hunting, keep in mind these ideal neighborhood traits:
- Lifestyle Match
The perfect neighborhood for you is one that suits your lifestyle. Homebuyers gravitate towards areas with similar demographics, so make sure that you look for a neighborhood that is right for you.
2. Great Schools
Whether you have children or they are in your future plans, a great school system should be a top priority for renters and homebuyers. Also, the school ratings can greatly reflect on the type of neighborhoods that are located in the area. Not only are great schools good for you and your family, but having a home in a neighborhood that is in a good school district makes real estate more valuable and keeps property values strong.
3. Outdoor Amenities
Being close to amenities such as parks, trails, water, and other outdoor activities will make the neighborhood even more appealing to you and in the future if you sell it. Having parks within walking distance is also great for families with children, as they can easily walk to the park with neighborhood friends.
4. Family Friendly
Families are typically drawn to neighborhoods with children. A family friendly neighborhood means that your kids will have a better chance at making friends within the proximity, and will be able to socialize and play with ease. It also helps with the moving transition for your child.
5. Nearby Stores
Having a neighborhood that is located near shopping and restaurants is a must. If you are looking to live in the city, this may not be much of a concern. However, in suburban neighborhoods everything is typically a car ride away.
Making sure that there is a nearby town center that has a movie theater, bars, restaurants, and some nightlife for you to enjoy or entertain any out-of-town visitors.
What other features can you think of that would make your neighborhood great?
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