One of our subscribers, Kelly, recently asked us a great question: “How do I know if a neighborhood is kid-friendly?”
This is something we hear all the time from homebuyers, particularly those moving to a town or area they’re unfamiliar with. Unfortunately, it is a Fair Housing violation for Realtors to answer this question directly. Therefore, we would like to offer you some advice on how to identify such neighborhoods on your own, instead.
First, spend some time in the neighborhood you’re thinking of buying in before making a move. Visiting the neighborhood at different times of the day and different points throughout the week will help you gauge what kind of lifestyle its residents lead.
If you see a lot of children out and about, if you notice local amenities that cater to families, or if you know the area to be within a high-quality school district, these are all good signs that you’ve found a child-friendly place to live. Looking for swingsets or other play equipment in back yards throughout the neighborhood as you drive through is also a good idea.
The bottom line is that there are many ways to test the “feel” of a neighborhood before you and your family move there.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.