Location. Location. Location. When it comes to real estate values, it is the number one attribute. It is also one of the primary factors when it comes to your happiness. This is why, when it comes to finding your perfect home, you must first find your perfect neighborhood.
Why is the right neighborhood so important? Because the community that surrounds you plays a huge role in your environment. For example, if you are deeply religious, being surrounded by members of your faith can be a source of support. Alternatively, if you love to host potentially noisy parties, living in a quiet cul-de-sac might not fit the bill. The key is to find a location where your neighbors’ lifestyles mirror your own.
In many ways, finding the right neighborhood is like finding the right partner. It is ideal to find a place where others share your same values. Additionally, the perfect neighborhood will introduce enough spice into your life to keep things interesting – as a good partner does.
As you begin considering what neighborhood is right, ask yourself what is important to you on a daily basis. Do you want to live in a place that’s kid-friendly? Would you like it to be walkable and have cultural offerings? Is easy access to the freeway important? Or maybe you want access to hiking trails?
Then, visit neighborhoods you think fit the bill. Take the time to visit them at varying times during the day. Walk around. Talk to neighbors. Find out what’s close.
It is also essential you consider the day-to-day life of the place. Often people want to buy a home in a location because it is where they enjoy vacationing. That is great if this home is going to be your vacation home. However, vacation isn’t real life. It is vacation. Your perfect neighborhood is one you can enjoy everyday.
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