Moving to a new neighborhood can be a difficult adjustment for some families, and winding up in the wrong neighborhood can mean that you and your family never really adjust to your new living situation. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to tell if a particular neighborhood is going to be up to your standards. Following are five signs that a neighborhood will be a good fit for your family.
It Is Pleasant and Safe Even at Night
Most neighborhoods are at their best during the middle of the day during the week. Residents are at work or school, and both foot and vehicle traffic are fairly light. Visiting a neighborhood after dark and during weekends will give you an idea of what to expect during the off-hours if you decide to move there.
Its Parks are Attractive and Well-Maintained
Be sure to check out the condition of the neighborhood parks. If things are neglected and run-down in nearby parks, it may be a sign that community funds are dwindling, which doesn’t bode well for the future of the neighborhood. If the parks include play equipment, make sure it’s been well-maintained in order to help ensure that it doesn’t pose a safety hazard for your children.
It Has Wide Sidewalks That Are in Good Repair
Many people overlook sidewalks as an indicator of the family-friendly characteristics of a neighborhood, but if you’ve got children, you’re going to want them to be as safe as possible. Cracked, narrow sidewalks are safety hazards, and neighborhoods with no sidewalks means your children will be walking on the shoulders of the road, and that’s dangerous.
Wide, well-kept sidewalks won’t do your much good if there is nowhere to walk to, so be sure to take walkability into consideration when deciding on a neighborhood. You’ll want at least good grocery store and park within walking distance from your apartment. And for Toronto residents, UCCI Properties offers rental units near the subway line, allowing you to walk to public transit services for longer trips.
A sure sign that a neighborhood is in decline is if there are lots of For Sale signs in front of homes and numerous apartment buildings advertising vacancies. Naturally, there will be some people moving out of good neighborhoods, but preponderance of those doing so is a prime indication that all is not well.
If you are still undecided about a particular neighborhood even though it seems promising, consider renting an apartment as a way to get to know the area before making a financial commitment to purchasing a home.