Location, location, location.
Or, at least that’s what everyone says when it comes to real estate. So, does the location of your home truly mean as much as they say it does?
As it turns out, it certainly does.
The location of your home is more than just where it lies on a map. It’s the neighbourhood in which you find yourself on a daily basis. It’s where you walk your dog and where you grab a morning coffee. It’s the neighbours that you say hello to in the morning and the businesses that you choose to support. When you walk outside of your front door, it’s the world that you find yourself stepping into every morning and every night.
If you’re torn on what kind of neighbourhood you want to live in, we wrote this with you in mind. Together, let’s explore the different facets of neighbourhoods and find out what you might desire in yours.
Amenities and Services
In general, most of us desire being close to some sort of amenities or services. The difference typically lies in whether you anticipate these services being a five minute walk or a twenty minute drive away from your home.
Do you desire the ability to walk five minutes to a number of local cafes? Or, would you prefer to live in a more isolated area that is located outside of these services?
While some prefer to have their amenities in walking distance, others are happy to commute for these amenities.
In this sense, accessibility comes in terms of transportation in your neighbourhood as well as the walkability of your neighbourhood.
For example, you might desire living in an urban locale where you can ditch your car. If this is the case, you’re going to want to opt for neighbourhoods that have good access to public transportation. You might also desire an area that has a high walking score and is close to a number of amenities.
If ease of access isn’t necessarily a concern, you’re all the more likely to find yourself in a neighbourhood that’s located outside of the core.
Do you have or are you planning on having children?
If so, school zones are an incredibly important factor in choosing your next neighbourhood. Perhaps you want to keep your child in their current school zone or perhaps you’re aspiring for another school zone in particular.
Either way, it’s important to note the school zones that each and every neighbourhood that you explore falls into. This is going to dictate where your children go to school, the services available and the children they socialize with on a daily basis.
New Development or Older Neighbourhood
Are you all about that old neighbourhood feel? You know, the one’s that benefit from plenty of character and a diversity of homeowners? Or, do you favour new developments that benefit from the notion of all new everything and a typically younger crowd?
In newer developments, houses are often closer together and benefit from a more tight-knit community. These developments are often populated by younger families that carry a number of similarities. This type of neighbourhood is often a great place to raise a family and meet like minded people.
On the other hand, older neighbourhoods often carry wider lots and more diversity in both the homes and owners themselves. These neighbourhoods often benefit from mature trees, expansive gardens and a selection of different style homes.
Quiet and Peaceful or Loud and Bustling?
Next, it’s time to determine what sort of vibe you desire in your new ‘hood.
Do you thrive with the hustle and bustle of the city? If so, it’s all the more likely that you’ll find yourself in a more active, urban environment. While these areas can tend to be loud, they’re often full of excitement and located closer to amenities.
Or, do you want to escape the city and come home to somewhere quiet and serene? If you prefer to find yourself on the quieter end of town, it’s best to stay away from these urban areas. While they’re often located away from basic services and amenities, these neighbourhoods are often soothing and tranquil.
It’s Time to Explore
At the end of the day, the best way to determine if a neighbourhood is the right one for you is to spend time in it. Go for coffee at the local cafe, spend time in a nearby park or take a walk down the many streets that comprise of that area.
This is also the best way to get to know the people (and dogs!) that call this area home. While the neighbourhood in and of itself is important, so too are the people that make up that neighbourhood.
Visit Nobul.com to learn which neighbourhood is the best fit for you.