The search for your next home has begun … You may have found houses that you are impressed with, but there is a lot more to consider than the home and yard. Make sure when choosing a new home that the area matches everything on your “perfect neighborhood” list for you and your family.
It is always helpful if your realtor is intimately familiar with your areas of interest and can provide information to you prior to looking at homes to eliminate those that don’t match your wish list and lifestyle. Here are some of the things you’ll want to look into before making your final decision.
With many moving to the Atlanta area, walkability is a major factor in choosing a new home. If you’re more interested in a walkable community than one in which you need to drive to shopping and eateries, visit www.walkscore.com to find out what is within walking distance of the homes or neighborhood you are considering. This tool provides information on commuting options, bike-ability, and walkable communities – with a heat map that shows restaurants, grocery stores, and other community activities.
Even if you don’t have children (or they are older or very small), buying a home in a good school district is a smart investment. Greatschools is a valuable online resource for reviewing and comparing schools in your preferred areas. The site provides statistics on test scores, as well as teacher and student ratios.
Neighborhood and area activities, amenities and vibe
It’s good to do a deep dive into everything that the prospective neighborhood offers to ensure it matches your desires and expectations. Search the local newspapers and community sites or blogs for information. Go to Google Maps for a Street View to “walk around” virtually. Ask your realtor and/or those who live in the neighborhood about:
- Neighborhood pool and/or tennis courts, etc.
- Activities (garden club, “meet and mingle” events geared toward adults and/or children)
- Neighborhood newsletter
- Availability of Farmer’s Markets, Marketplaces, and other community “events”
Area Vibes is a handy resource that provides information on housing, livability, jobs, education, crime, etc. Interested in a family-friendly neighborhood in the East Atlanta area? Check out this recent article.
Traffic, noise, and weather – on my!
Visit the home at different times and even when it’s raining. Don’t be caught by surprise … get to know what your new neighborhood is like during school traffic, at night and on the weekends to see how quiet or active it is. Test your commute. And although it’s something that many don’t think about, you will learn a lot about the effects that a good rainstorm have on the neighborhood, the property, and home structure by visiting during a storm.
Want to know more about Decatur’s neighborhoods?
The City of Decatur Real Estate Market Review features neighborhood specific information, statistics, and analysis. The market review features average list price of homes, average sale price, price per square feet and so many more statistics from the past three years. Whether you are planning on buying, selling, or plan to live in Decatur forever — you will find this information valuable!
Contact us today to find the best neighborhood for you!
Carter & Associates provides a personalized match up of lifestyle, community, and investment considerations when helping you find your perfect home – including valuable information to help you with your decision.
Call us today for exceptional market knowledge, dedicated attention, and an entire team searching for your dream home. As an award-winning Harry Norman Realtor® team, we intimately know Atlanta on a street-by-street basis. We look forward to serving you!