Choosing the right Neighborhood

When looking for the perfect home, the surrounding community plays a big factor.

You’ll want to consider the things that matter most to you, whether it’s the commute to work, how the schools rank, the closest grocery store or the distance to your favorite park. However, we have a few other criteria for you to consider before you make your final decision.



Fits Your Lifestyle


First and foremost, make sure the community matches your lifestyle. If you love checking out new restaurants and bars, choose an area that accommodates that. Families that enjoy taking walks or going on long runs may be happiest in a community that is close to parks with miles of trails to enjoy.

Do you want to be in a community where neighbors get together for social events? How do you feel about spending your weekend at nearby museums and music venues? What about beaches or golf courses? We suggest making a list of “must-haves” and a list of “like to haves” so you can stay focused on what is most important to you and your family.


Sidewalks and Amenities


When searching neighborhoods, make note of the sidewalks, or lack thereof. If a community has wide, well-maintained sidewalks, it is likely family-friendly. Wide sidewalks are ideal for residents who enjoy riding bikes or taking walks.

Neighborhoods without sidewalks could be dangerous for children walking home from school and could also present a safety concern for walking at night. Community amenities are also something to keep in mind – if you would enjoy taking advantage of a shared swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis court or playground, then add that to your list of “must-haves” or “like to haves.”


Low Crime Rate and Highly Rated Schools


It’s important to check crime rates and school scores when deciding on an area, especially if you’re moving there from out of town. Without knowledge of various parts of the city, you risk finding a community that looks safe but actually has a high rate of break-ins or burglaries.

Same goes with schools – be sure to check school scores online. It may also be worth driving by and seeing the schools in person to ensure they look well-maintained. It’s better to be safe than sorry!


Tour in Person


It’s important to check crime rates and school scores when deciding on an area, especially if you’re moving there from out of town. Without knowledge of various parts of the city, you risk finding a community that looks safe but actually has a high rate of break-ins or burglaries.

Same goes with schools – be sure to check school scores online. It may also be worth driving by and seeing the schools in person to ensure they look well-maintained. It’s better to be safe than sorry!


Gut Feeling


Last but certainly not least, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right about the area but you can’t figure out what it is, you are probably right. And the opposite is also true – if you have a good feeling about the community, it has all of your “must-haves” and you have checked all of the criteria listed above, go for it!