Moving to a new house — whether it’s just down the block, into a new neighborhood, or within a brand-new development — is a big change. Selecting the right neighborhood is an essential part of the process. Every homebuyer’s neighborhood preferences will look different, but it’s important to identify what factors make or break a good fit for you.
Location, Location, Location
A top factor for most buyers is where a neighborhood is located in relation to work, school, or family. How close are you to the nearest major highway? Do you have good access to grocery or retail stores? What school district are you in? Do you want a neighborhood bustling with local coffee shops and restaurants?
“It’s where your life is,” says Jenna Sundstrom with Creative Homes. “So, it’s important to choose a spot you love and that makes you happy.” Each neighborhood has a unique personality — so try to find one that fits your lifestyle.
Next, list out what type of environment you want to live in and what amenities are important to you. “Walking and biking trails, community parks, nearby lakes, and athletic courts — like pickleball or tennis — can be major benefits for active families,” shares Sundstrom.
Whether you like to be hands-on or hands-off, research what’s common in the neighborhood in terms of property maintenance. Is there an HOA that manages shoveling, plowing, and lawn care? Are there community options for exterior home maintenance? Are there any aesthetic requirements for homes on the block?
New Development Perks
There are plenty of benefits to building new or choosing a new development community. Since everything in your home is new, you can be confident about quality and warranties. New homes are often outfitted with the latest and greatest finishes and products. Plus, new construction homes have stricter standards for energy efficiency.