What makes a good neighborhood?
Answering that question is essential in determining your ideal endpoint when pondering a long-distance move.
Ultimately, the answer is an individual decision. However, there are some common points that anyone contemplating a cross country move (and calculating relocation costs) should consider. Make your custom mix from these elements. Remember: Location, location and…LOCATION!
Unless you’re a hermit, it’s not only your new house you’re moving to; you’re relocating to an environment. Good schools. Low crime. Easy access to medical care. Cultural events. Great outdoors. All of these and more might be considerations when deciding what makes a good neighborhood.
Consider these five good neighborhood guidelines while deciding where your long distance move ultimately will take you.
Whether you have little ones enrolled currently or your child-reading days are in the past- or future-tense, you’ll benefit by moving near great schools. That’s because a terrific school boosts the value of surrounding neighborhoods. These sought-after areas also enjoy strong property values. If you’re seeking a strong school system, try Trulia or Zillow (both partner with GreatSchools.org). However, their heavy reliance on test scores to calculate school ratings has drawn criticism.
No one likes a high crime rate, except maybe criminals. “Safe neighborhood.” “Low crime rate.” These are desirable phrases when sizing up what makes a good neighborhood. But look not just for what’s happening in the moment. Check the trends. Is the crime rate decreasing? Increasing? A neighborhood where crime rates are at a stabilized low indicate a status quo situation. Improving rates signal a neighborhood is improving; the opposite trend indicates a declining area.
Low crime rates give a neighborhood a sense of ease and calm. As safety and security are everyone’s concern, crime is a quick way to tell if a neighborhood is improving or not. You can usually spot a transitional and improving neighborhood by the improvement or decline in its crime rates.
Since the Fair Housing Act prohibits real-estate agents from responding to neighborhood-safety inquiries, you’re on your own in making those determinations. One resource is Trulia Crime Maps. This online resource shows crime frequency and category for a particular area.
Do you describe yourself as a homebody? A night-lifer? Are your lured by bright lights/big city or does a stroll in the great outdoors do it for you? Maybe your idea of fun has changed, necessitating your long distance relocation. Identifying what constitutes your “fun factor” helps fine-tune your definition of what makes a good neighborhood. Nearby stores, shops and eateries—or even within walking distance—might be your idea of paradise. Do you like a thriving downtown or would you rather occupy the outskirts?
Pride in the name of…
A good neighborhood is a proud place—and ain’t afraid to show it. Manicured lawns. Immaculate exteriors. OK, it doesn’t have to be that OCD perfect, but proud ownership is evident by a well-groomed landscape-and-house combo. You notice it right away when you drive down the street (or when you enter a clean home).
The Rx factor
Access to quality medical care can’t be overstated, particularly during these unprecedented times. While important for anyone, the getting-to-a-doc-fast factor will likely especially strong appeal for senior citizens and families that include young children.
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