Whether you’re looking to move up in the real estate market or downsize, finding an ideal neighbourhood can be difficult. Not only is affordability a prime concern, but you want to find an area that you’re going to enjoy living in as well. While only you truly know what you’re looking for, below are a few online resources that can help make your neighbourhood hunt a little easier:
While it’s not important to everyone, a lot of people are looking for neighbourhoods where they can park their car in the driveway and get a bit of exercise when they’re not at work. If you’d like to see how walkable a prospective neighbourhood is, check out www.walkscore.com. It will map out the closest grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, parks and other amenities and give your potential future home a score out of 100.
2. The Starbucks Effect
While you may not necessarily like its coffee, a Starbucks can say a lot about your prospective neighbourhood. This article outlines the effects the coffee shop chain has on property values, and the type of neighbours it attracts.
If you have school-aged children, chances are you want to move to an area that not only has a school nearby, but a good school. The Fraser Institute puts together an annual report of school rankings that can prove to be very helpful when finding a good one. Check it out here: http://www.compareschoolrankings.org/