Your Guide To Choosing The Best Neighborhood To Raise Your Family

by Steve Robinson 04/07/2019

When moving with children, or with family planning in mind, house hunting goes beyond finding the right house. You want to also find the right neighborhood and community to raise your child in. You want to find the right place for your child to happily and safely grow up.

Here's your guide to choosing the best neighborhood for your kids.

When you start house hunting draw up a list of towns and neighborhoods that catch your eye.

Having a list of priorities will help to make the house hunting process in each neighborhood much easier. Decide on your top 3 neighborhoods and towns in addition to your non-negotiable house features.

Many couples start to be researching the town’s schools. Look into the budget, what extracurricular activities are available, and if there are any recent news articles profiling the school.

Don’t just look into the kindergartens and elementary schools - look at the middle and high school as well. What are their reputations?

Visit the community center and library to find out what groups and activities are available. This is a great place to find out how involved the community is. Pick up any local newspapers or magazines and spend time flipping through the pages.  

Search Meetup.com and local Facebook groups to see what kind of involvement community members have. This is also a great way to connect with other parents and ask them any questions you might have.

Take a drive through your potential neighborhoods at different times of the day. This will help you to see what each neighborhood has to offer. Are there lots of younger children at pickup and drop off times at bus stops? Or are there older children riding their bikes around?

Are there playgrounds and parks within walking distance? If your child is in extracurricular activities, or you plan for them to be, are there dance or martial arts academies with good reviews in the area?

It’s also important not to discount the importance of proximity to family and friends. We’ve all heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. Keep distance and travel time from family in mind when making your choice.

Take the future cost of raising a child into consideration while drawing up your budget. Finding the right neighborhood and community is a process of checks and balances. You might have to be willing to compromise in some areas to check off those non-negotiables. This could look like finding a slightly smaller house in a nicer neighborhood or living further away from the city.

Knowing what your priorities are before you begin house hunting and what to look for in each neighborhood will make the process much smoother. It can be a lot of pressure to find the perfect home but when we define our own version of perfect things can fall together much more easily.

About the Author
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Steve Robinson

Hi, I'm Steve Robinson and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

Transitioning to selling real estate came naturally for me, having successfully invested in many of my own real estate deals over the past 35 years. I know how to find a property that is a good purchase, whether it’s for you personally or for investment purposes. I also have experience selling homes and getting the maximum value for them. I am a skilled communicator and negotiator, and I focus on getting the best deal for my clients. I also have a keen eye for what work needs to be done to a home and the cost involved as you seek to either stage your home or inspect a home that may need work. I am completely committed to serving my clients; going above and beyond what is expected to make sure you enjoy top-notch results.

My background? I raised three great kids and they are almost through college now. For twenty years, I taught history at an independent school, as I invested in real estate on the side. In addition, I coached three state champion mock trial teams, and honed my communication skills as a part of that work. I have a masters from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University in diplomatic history, which helped me to understand the world and relate to people of all backgrounds and cultures. My hobbies include skiing, sailing, hiking and biking. I decided recently that as much as loved teaching, I wanted to finally commit to the world of real estate full-time. It’s in the family blood, since both of my brothers are professional real estate investors, and real estate is like breathing to me.

I look forward to serving you and helping you to find the best deal possible.