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How to Find the Right Neighbourhood

A great neighbourhood is one that is in sync with your current lifestyle and provides longevity to stay in sync with your lifestyle as you and it evolve. We've compiled a list below of items to consider when searching for the right neighbourhood.

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A  great neighbourhood is one that is in sync with your current lifestyle and provides longevity to stay in sync with your lifestyle as you and it evolve. Remember, when you purchase a home, you are not only buying into the home, you are buying into the neighbourhood – do your research and make sure it is the right one for you. Below is a list of items for you to consider when searching for the right neighbourhood.

1. Consider your lifestyle – Consider your current lifestyle as well as where you see yourself in the next few years and make a list of what types of amenities you would like to see nearby and what types of amenities you think you may need in the future.

2. Look at amenities - It’s important to have places you can visit or enjoy when you’re not at home such as parks, community centres, farmers markets, theatres etc… The closer these are to your new home, the better – take a look at what kind of amenities the neighbourhood has to offer and see if they fit with your lifestyle. Think about where you want to be in a few years and what kind of amenities you might like to enjoy then.

3. Essentials – All neighbourhoods typically strive to be within close proximity to the essential amenities such as grocery, banking and pharmacy but some are farther than others, take a look at the proximity of these amenities and weigh your options.

4. Schools – If you have school aged children, this is an important one, many people prefer their children to be able to walk to school. Look at the local school board website to find a list of schools in your area.

5. Is the neighbourhood pedestrian friendly? – On top of added health benefits, walkable neighbourhoods give residents an opportunity to mingle while they work, shop and dine out which enhances the sense of community.

6. Does it provide your preferred housing type? Consider what product type you’re looking for, for example – a detached home or condominium. At Reid’s Heritage Homes, we offer a variety of different housing types – view our communities page to see what we have available.

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