How to Determine the Best Neighborhood for Families

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Real Estate Agent with Urban Nest Realty 176318


If you’re looking to move to a new city, choosing the right neighborhood is going to be a difficult challenge to face. When it comes to finding the best neighborhood to live in, there is no set formula to help you make the decision. It mostly depends on your personal preference and requirements, among which are the most important factors such as the location and available budget. However, with the help of our simple guideline you will have a better idea of what your ideal neighborhood looks like. Without further ado, let’s get into the seven steps of finding the right neighborhood for you and your family!

 

While it's easy to find the #1 city in the USA by using resousces like Realtor.com or Inman top cities of 2018. Narrowing down to say the best neighborhoods in Las Vegas can take a bit more research. 


#1 The educational system

If you have children or you’re looking for a home where you will want to raise children in the future, considering nearby schools and educational facilities is very important when looking for a new neighborhood. Not only that you want to find a reputable school for your child but you also have to make sure it is not too far away from the home, especially when you have younger children. Having a school in your neighborhood or at least in one of the nearby neighborhoods will definitely make things easier for you. If you’re planning to stay in the new neighborhood for good, also consider if there are anz higher education facilities nearby, such as colleges and academies.

 

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To find the best neighborhood, you do not have to live in the most expensive neighborhood or in the Million dollar homes for sale in Las Vegas. Following the best schools, public or private schools and crime reports are a good start 

 

#2 The location

The location of the potential neighborhood is one of the most significant factors to consider when making your choice. Unless you like long drives to work and back, you might want to look for neighborhoods that are in a close range with your workplace. If you work from home this won’t be very significant but there are other reasons why the neighborhood location matters. For starters, it is good to have close access to medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. Having one of these facilities nearby is a great plus for a neighborhood in any city. Other relevant amenities you might want to be close to include shopping centers, recreational facilities and venues and restaurants. 

#3 The property style

To find the right neighborhood for you, you must decide which property style you are going for. For starters, you can choose between single family homes, condominiums, apartments and larger houses. You should also make a choice between modern and historic type of a dwelling in order to know which potential neighborhoods to look at. Besides functionality, your new home should feature a corresponding style, whether it is a contemporary style or a more traditional one. If you’re looking for a home with character, the more traditional dwellings are the perfect option for you. However, chances are you won’t find these so commonly so you will have to look into more traditional, older neighborhoods.

 

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#4 Budget

Your budget is going to play an important role in choosing the right neighborhood. Depending on the location, some neighborhoods are much more expensive than others. For example, in one neighborhood you might find a single family home for a specific price while in another neighborhood that price can only get you a small apartment. Therefore, you will have to do research on property values and price ranges in different neighborhoods in the city to ensure you are looking at the right options. It’s not uncommon that people switch neighborhoods just because another location can get them a lot more value for their money. Therefore, make sure to look for suitable neighborhoods with price ranges your budget can meet. 

#5 The cost of living

The fifth factor to consider closely relates to the previous one. When considering the financial aspect of moving to a new neighborhood, it’s not only important to consider the property prices but also to include the cost of living. Even though in some areas there are no differences in the cost of living, some neighborhoods can be more expensive than others in terms of daily costs and costs for entertainment and leisure. Therefore, consider these costs before making the final decision. 

 

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#6 Safety matters

Safety should be an important factor when looking for a new area to move to. Make sure to check the crime rates for the neighborhoods you are interested in before taking any further action. You can find these statistics on many sites online but make sure the information is reliable and up to date. If safety is one of your top priorities for the new neighborhood, the best option to choose would be guard gated communities. These communities offer maximum security thanks to the guard gated entrances and restricted access. Most of them also have surveillance systems, which add to the safety of the residents.


If you are determined to find the most suitable neighborhood for your needs, considering the factors mentioned above is highly recommended. Among your top priorities should be safety, budget and the location. However, there are other aspects to put into questioning such as the educational systems, entertainment, shopping opportunities and overall leisure activity amenities. If you still aren’t sure what the right choice may be after considering these factors, maybe you should narrow down your list to top three neighborhoods and decide which one is your favorite option. Then rent out a place in that neighborhood for a month or two and you will get to experience the area first hand. If you end up satisfied with the neighborhood, you will know it is the right decision to move there permanently and purchase a property for your family!

 

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