Finding the Right Neighborhood For You


finding 1If you are ready to buy a home, before you start viewing homes or put an offer what appears to be a dream come true property, take some time to get to know the neighborhood. Where you live is just as important as the home you live in. Whether you are making a local or long distance move, learning as much as you can about an area you think you would enjoy living in, will help ensure that you really do.

While this is vitally important for anyone moving from a different part of the state or country, learning about a neighborhood is also important for local residents looking to move into a different part of town. Each neighborhood has its quirks, and there are things you won’t discover until you spend some quality time there.

I recommend making a “Neighborhood Wish List” which you can use to help determine if where you think is an excellent place to live, is in fact an excellent place for you to live. Think about how you live, what your regular routine is, and what you are hoping to gain with a new home.

finding 2If you want to live on a quiet street or love the hub-bub of a busy community, you should include these aspects in your list. If it’s important to be able to walk to a corner market, or easily access public transport, these things should be noted. Do you enjoy the liveliness of kids or no? Keep this in mind when determining proximity to schools and parks.

You may want to note important factors such as commuting options, proximity to friends or family, or ease of access to goods and services such as restaurants or markets. With your wish list in hand you can begin looking at various neighborhoods to find the ones which meet your criteria.

It will help to consider different neighborhood features and amenities too. As you learn about an area, you can get a bigger picture for what life is really like for those who live there. Ask questions such as Are homes on quiet or busy streets? Are there sidewalks and bike lanes? What public transit options are there? What types of businesses are in the neighborhood? Where are parks and schools located? and Where is the nearest hospital, fire station and police department? 

finding 3Once you narrow down the neighborhood(s) you want to live in, asking the same questions about a property you are interested in, can be a great way to find the right home. I also recommend observing different times around the property and neighborhood. Knowing what morning traffic is like, or how popular a café is, or if there are a lot of people who walk their dogs at certain times, can help you know before you move in if it is a good fit for what you are looking for.

Finding the right neighborhood is just as important as finding the right home. When it comes to helping my clients, I aim to make a positive impact towards all their real estate needs. When you are ready to sell, or buy a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who cares, and is ready to put their expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website,, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams