Factors to Consider When Choosing The Best Community For You and Your Family
Close your eyes and think of your perfect home…do you have it?
Now tell us. What makes it “perfect”?
An open floor plan? A farmer’s porch? His and her sinks in the master bathroom? (Oh come on now, be honest–we know that one’s a non-negotiable…)
While there are always structural elements that come to mind when you’re asked to picture your “perfect home” you should also consider the “perfect location”. What kinds of elements does your “perfect home’s” community have?
Now you should be thinking along the lines of top rated schools, YMCA’s, and short commutes….
Now that you’re all warmed up and thinking about your preferences, here are a few things to think about when choosing a community to buy into.
1. Do you prefer to have an HOA or not?
Nowadays, HOAs (Homeowners Associations) are quite common, especially in planned developments. You will want to make sure you do your research when it comes to HOAs (in general and on the specific one you’re looking to buy into). While HOAs can do a lot of good, they are not always everyone's cup of tea.
We detailed everything you need to know about homeowners associations, including what an HOA is, questions to ask before buying property in an HOA community, and HOA pro to help you out!
2. What is your ideal morning and evening commute?
While some aim to have as short of a commute as possible, other’s would rather put some distance between them and their office–even if it means enduring a longer commute. This is common around cities, as not everyone wants to live in the city.
Have an idea as to the time and distance you’d like to (or be ok with) commute each day. One mile by bike, 30 minutes in traffic, or an hour by toll road?
3. Is close proximity to a transportation hub necessary?
Do you travel by plane, train, bus, or boat often for work, pleasure, to see family and friends, etc? You might consider a community with its own transportation hub or a community with one not too far away.
Traveling can be stressful enough. Make it easier on yourself by cutting down on the commute to the airport, train station, bus stop, or loading dock.
4. What types of recreation do you engage in?
What types of recreational activities do you enjoy? Does your favorite hobby or activity require you to live in a specific community?
For example, an avid outdoor trail runner should look for a community with a network of safe greenway trails! A passionate fisher or boater might look for a community with access to water like a river or lake!
If nothing specific comes to mind, maybe it’s a community with a large YMCA, great neighborhood parks, and other attractions like these Charlotte favorites.
Other community factors you might want to look for include:
Place of worship (local church of your denomination, synagogue, temple, mosque, etc.)
Nearby shopping and restaurants
Nightlife and entertainment
History and culture
Clubs and organizations (mom groups, run clubs, community service chapters, arts and sciences council, PTA)
Access to medical care
Local community events
One of the great things about working with a Realtor is their knowledge of area communities. Having a discussion with your Realtor about your needs and wants in a community will help them further narrow in on your perfect home. We recommend you download our Home Buyer’s 101 Guide To The Questions Your Realtor Will Ask which outlines exactly what a realtor will ask you at your first meeting with regards to your home search.
Looking for more on local Charlotte communities? They’re all listed on our site and we spotlight a different Charlotte neighborhood each month in our blog! See last month’s blog on the Charlotte neighborhood of SouthPark.