12 Things That Make a

Neighborhood Truly Great


When looking for a home don’t forget to also look for the neighborhood. It may not seem as important to some, but the neighborhood can have a big impact on the home you purchase. You are not just buying a home, you are also buying and becoming part of a neighborhood. It is up to you to determine what is most important about a neighborhood. Just like a need and want list of a home, it is a good idea to have a need and want list out of a neighborhood. To help you figure out what to look for in a neighborhood here are some things that can make a neighborhood great!

  • Lifestyle Match:
    • Does the neighborhood sync with your current lifestyle?
    • Does the neighborhood sync with the lifestyle you are working towards? Like having a family?
    • Is the neighborhood a good combination of lifestyles to still be fitting if yours changes?
    • Examples: Suburban neighborhoods may be more fitting for families with kids while small condos downtown may be better for someone young and single
  • Pride in Ownership
    • Maintaining homes and caring about the neighborhood
  • Low Crime Rate
    • This gives a sense of ease and calmness
    • Can usually spot a transitional and improving neighborhood by the improvements or decline in crime rates.
    • Check for crime rates near where you live and the areas you are looking to move to.
  • Great Schools
    • Look up school ratings near you and the areas you are looking to move to.
    • Not only is this great for families with children, but it makes surrounding neighborhoods more valuable.
  • Outdoor Activities     
    • Includes places to jog, sail, bike, tennis courts, golf courses, etc.
    • The type of outdoor activities will vary depending on location.
  • Stepping Back in Time
    • Tree-lined streets
    • Area with history
  • Access to medical care
  • Family Friendly
    • Opportunities for children to play, socialize, and make lifelong friends
    • Carpooling groups
    • Children’s programs
  • Close to Public Transportation
  • Nearby Shopping and Restaurants
  • Nightlife and Entertainment
    • Nearby town center, movies, theaters, bars
    • Walking distance or short car ride
  • Walkability
    • Near locations you would like to visit a lot but saves the time of driving longer distances all the time.