4 Things to Know When Picking a New Neighborhood

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By Ashley Lipman

Moving is a long process, but one that is also quite enjoyable. It is exciting to look for a new home and find a great place for yourself or your family. However, in addition to the home itself, you also need to think about the neighborhood.

There are several online resources (like here for Denver, for example) that can help you learn a little more about the different neighborhoods in a particular city. This can help you ensure you are making the right decision.

But when going over the different neighborhoods, what things should you know and look out for? Well, that is exactly what this article is going to cover. Read on to learn a little more about the things to know when picking a neighborhood to live in.

Safety

One primary concern for people when choosing a neighborhood is to select one that is safe. Your home is supposed to be a place where you can relax and let go of all your worries. If you are worried about your safety and the surrounding area, it’s generally not a fun time.

Finding a safe neighborhood is always a good idea, but is especially true if you have children. You should be aware of the crime levels in an area, ensure it has adequate street lighting and you could even speak to residents and find out information about the safety of an area.

Many cities will have online maps that also break down the crime stats of neighborhoods, including the prevalence of crime and the type of crimes being committed. There are also some online resources to consider using, as well.

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Access to Amenities

Access to amenities within a particular neighborhood is also important. You want to ensure you are relatively close to the grocery store, to shopping, to recreational activities, doctors’ offices, and schools. If you are far away, your daily travels can certainly take much longer.

If you aren’t located that close to amenities, you want to ensure that the area is drivable or has good public transit to get to the areas you want to go to. Living far from all the places you frequent can end up being frustrating and wasting a lot of time. In addition to these amenities, being close to work to limit commute times is also a good idea.

Parks and Other Outdoor Space

You also likely want to consider the parks and other outdoor space in the area. Living next to parks or walking paths is great if you like to go for walks, have a dog, or have children. Even if you don’t, homes close to beautiful outdoor space are generally quite desirable and can help when you eventually decide to sell.

It is a good idea to drive around the area surrounding your home, and look for things like what parks are nearby, and if there are any other good-looking and functional outdoor spaces. The presence of sidewalks in a neighborhood is also a good sign it is more walkable and better for those who enjoy being outdoors.

The Future Outlook of the Area

While you want a home and neighborhood that fits your lifestyle today, you also need to think about the future. You may be living in the home for 20+ years, and need to ensure that it lines up with what you want in the future.

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with what lies ahead in the area and what sort of developments are planned. For example, if you love the big open field behind a home, know that the space could eventually be filled by other homes or businesses.

Hopefully, this article and the information inside has been able to help you learn some of the most important things to know when picking a new neighborhood.

About the Author: Ashley Lipman is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion for providing knowledge to readers worldwide on topics closest to her heart—all things digital. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches touching the digital sphere.

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