Anyone looking to purchase a new home needs to do their research on the area they are considering buying in. Here we take a look at some of the top things to look for in a neighbourhood and community when purchasing your new home.
Even if you don’t have children now, buying a property within an area renowned for great schools has a very positive affect on property prices. Having a good selection of both public and private schooling is an advantage.
A well-rounded neighbourhood and community is one that offers different things for different people. This could mean that there are plenty of nearby cafes and bars for foodies, walking and hiking trails for active people, local sporting clubs and leagues for engaged community members and good health facilities.
Living in an area where residents don’t have to travel too far to get out and about and enjoy the great outdoors makes an area more appealing. Think of parks, playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, public pools and even nearby lakes and rivers.
Not only does a neighbourhood look amazing when each house is well presented, but it also shows that your neighbours take a lot of pride in their home, a good sign for any prospective property buyer or seller. Great presentation starts with a mowed lawn, neat and tidy yard, freshly painted facade and clean, well-maintained footpaths.
Low crime rates
We all want to live in an area where we feel safe and secure and savvy property buyers will do their research and look at crime rates when it comes to moving to a new area, and this information for our area is available through the South Australian Police Website.
Aside from great schools, lots of factors play a part in making an area appeal to families. Funnily enough, most are listed above. In addition to these an area which has larger homes on potentially larger blocks is probably going to appeal more to families than say the heart of the city, where units run significantly smaller, with little to no outdoor spaces available.
Nightlife and entertainment
Not everyone wants to travel into the city to have dinner, see a movie or catch-up for drinks, so residential areas that also boast great nightlife and entertainment have a definite advantage.
Having a great range of markets, shops and supermarkets within easy reach from your home is a huge convenience and can save you dollars in the long term.
Here on the South Coast, we are lucky to boast all of these advantages in our neighbourhood and community.