Four Things to Consider When Moving into a New Neighborhood
Choosing a neighborhood to live in can be challenging, especially when you are not sure what you want. One of the most common buyer regrets after a purchase is not taking the time to consider the area. The perfect home is more than the house itself. Here are a few things you should consider as you look at neighborhoods.
- Amenities: Consider what your family enjoys. If you love to play tennis, for example, make sure the neighborhood has tennis courts, that they are in good shape, and there are a sufficient number for the community population. Also, consider what you won’t use, because you are paying for those too. The maintenance costs for a pool are high. If you don’t care for swimming, you may want to choose a community that doesn’t have one.
- Public and retail services: See what is close by that you would need, such as schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and other shopping. It isn’t just about having a ton of options but enough to suit your needs. Think about the future as well. For example, if there is just one grocery store nearby, what happens if it closes? Will you now have to drive 30-plus minutes to another one? Find out how close emergency services are.
- Crime rate: Some areas offer crime rate statistics online, but you may need to call the sheriff’s office to get this information. There are also online resources. Look for information about violent crimes as well as property crimes.
- Inspection: Drive around the community during the day and evening to check for such things as pride of ownership, noise factors, and walkability. Take time to see the character of the neighborhood.
People are heading to the Oklahoma City area because of its many desirable neighborhoods, and Oklahoma City has a lot to offer families. Because of this, developers are working to provide the family-friendly communities needed. One such development is Crestone Ridge, which should definitely be on your list to review. With thoughtful amenities and expert builders, you’ll want to plan your visit today.
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