In any given city on any given day, it seems a new neighborhood is popping up every 5 seconds. It is not enough to know what city you want to be in. Neighborhood is just as important, if not more important, than picking a city. And figuring out the perfect neighborhood can seem daunting! Consider these tips when choosing a neighborhood:
What are your needs? Different strokes for different folks. Maybe it's an easy commute to work. Or prioritizing the schools. Perhaps you want to be near a park or have a bike-friendly neighborhood. Figure out what is most important to you.
Research, research, research. Check out the school district, school ratings, and school reviews. Look into what other homes are valued in the area. Look up crime rates. Check out online groups and newsletters to get a feel for the type of community.
Take yourself on a tour. Drive around potential hours of the day. Do you enjoy taking your dog for a walk at night or night runs? Visit a neighborhood at night to get a feel for what that would be like should you live there. See if you can picture yourself in this neighborhood. If you're out of town, don't fret. Use Google Maps to take a virtual walk around the neighborhood!