Your neighborhood has such a big impact on your happiness, day to day. Often, when people are on the hunt for a rental property—or looking to buy a home—they just think a lot about their budget, and what they want within the unit itself. Maybe they think a bit about the building at large, too, if it’s a multi-family unit. But, in general, people can become hyper-focused on just the interior and the price. A lot of individuals make the mistake of thinking that their dream home can make up for a nightmare neighborhood, and that simply isn’t true. We don’t just live in our homes. We live in our neighborhoods. It’s where we have date night. It’s where we jog. It’s where we take our children trick or treating and where we go for strolls when we need fresh air. It’s where we run errands. People like to get out of the house and just sit at a nearby coffee shop or bar sometimes. Your neighborhood affects you a lot.
The proximity of your neighborhood to other neighborhoods is also something to think about. When considering location, you don’t just think about the location itself—like it’s in a bubble—but you also think about where it is in relation to all the other places you want to go. Or don’t want to be anywhere near. My last home was a rent-controlled apartment that was, admittedly, falling apart. But the neighborhood was one of the nicest I’d ever lived in, so I loved my home. I loved it for its location. When I think back about my years there, I think more about that beautiful, pristine, grass-lined, friendly neighborhood more than I do the floors or cabinets of my apartment. Here are tips for choosing the right neighborhood for your lifestyle. It matters.
A good school district can be good
If you plan on having children one day, then you may want to move to a good school district now. If you don’t live in a good one when you have kids, then you’ll either have to move then, or send them to your district’s not-so-great public school. Or…private school (pricey). If you hate the act of moving, maybe minimize it by moving to a good school district before even having kids.