So, you’re getting ready to move, and of course you want to live in a “good” neighborhood. But what does that really mean? How should we think about “neighborhood livability?” We’ve got a few criteria that you can use to compare neighborhoods and choose what will suit you best. Think critically in this process; residents of highly livable neighborhoods report less obesity, higher happiness and safety, and better overall health.
A neighborhood with plenty of sidewalks, trails and parks is a huge factor for reduced obesity. In a highly livable neighborhood, it’s easy to get from point A to point B safely and efficiently on foot.
Proximity to Workplace:
Every hour of travel between you and your workplace adds up to almost 22 days a year. Cut down your commute by finding a place close to work so you can spend more time getting work done and doing what you love with family and friends.
When considering the safety of a neighborhood, be sure to check the rates of violent crime and property crime. But we’re not just talking about safety- your peace of mind is important too.
Proximity to Entertainment:
Depending on your tastes and hobbies, “entertainment” can mean a lot of things. Whether it’s an exciting night life, nice parks, or great shopping, you’ll thank yourself for not living across town from your favorite spots.
If you’ve got little ones, moving into a school district with good ratings ought to be on your radar. And again, it’s time to consider the commute. Less time driving to school means more time for getting ready in the morning and for relaxing in the afternoon.
Cost of Living:
It can be easy to find a dream house in a dream neighborhood, but what about finding one you can afford? All of these other criteria are important. But, again, your peace of mind is important, and living outside your means can keep you from enjoying the other things in life. So, be aware of any HOA fees or high property taxes so you’re not overwhelmed later on.
Like any major decision, you’ll need to do some cost-benefit analysis and determine which of these livability factors are most important to you. Focus on your current lifestyle, and how it might change as your family grows. Think about what you like and don’t like about your current neighborhood, and find a place that has what you’ve been missing.
What else do you look for in a neighborhood? What do you love about where you live? We’d love to hear from you!