How to Find the Perfect Neighborhood for You in Dallas

Dated: 12/04/2018

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The search for the right neighborhood is no easy one, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. There’s a lot to consider when starting your search, with factors ranging from schools to commute to lifestyle and more. Whether you’re in the search for a Dallas home for sale, or whether you’re going the route of the new construction home, you’re going to need to consider the fact that the neighborhood your future home resides in plays a huge role in your overall satisfaction.

So, check out these quick tips and topics to think about when you’re trying to find the perfect neighborhood for you in Dallas.

 

Safety and Schools,

Among the many factors that determine how good a neighborhood will be for your unique life, there are two that most home buyers would probably put at or near the top of their list, safety and schools. The reasons being are pretty clear. Families come first and the safety and quality of education of one’s family come high on the list of most people’s priorities.

That’s why it’s hard to beat safety and school quality in neighborhood must-haves. And yet, many of those that end up regretting the neighborhood they chose believe the school quality in their area was oversold. That’s why it’s useful to use online tools to crosscheck with the reliable words of many to see what the safety and school situation is like in the neighborhood you have your eye on. Look into the local public and private elementary, junior and high schools, as well as daycare programs. With such important information, nothing compares to hearing from those who already live there.

 

Don’t Forget the Vibe

For those who tend to take a more calculated approach to life’s most important decisions, it’s important to remember that for all the statistics on crime and schools and reviews, you can’t overestimate the importance of the feel of a neighborhood, the subjective experience of the place you might be living in.

When you first spend time in the neighborhood, remember your first impressions. What do you notice first about the neighborhood? Do the streets have curb appeal? Are the houses well-maintained? Do the shops and restaurants look hip and inviting? You'll want to feel good about where you call home, and impress buyers when you're ready to move on.

Put “the right neighborhood vibe” on your must-have list next to number of bedrooms during your home search. Do you want a quiet, family-friendly cul-de-sac full of minivans? Or lively, walkable, urban block flush with entertainment options? Screening for the right vibe can vastly improve your chances of avoiding neighborhood regret.

 

Transportation and Commute

Among with safety and schools, it’s easy to see why most rate transportation and commute so highly on their list of wants in a neighborhood. After all, it doesn’t matter how much you love your new home if you can’t get to where you need to go without pulling your hair out. Before you commit to an area, use an online map, like Google Maps, to check real-time traffic flow along your commute during peak hours. Most online maps will also have an option that shows public transit routes, including stops.

 

Your Neighborhood and Dallas Realtor

You can knock down walls and repaint your new home all you want, but when it comes to your neighborhood, you take it as it is. But if you choose the right one, that can be great news. Follow these tips, and you can find a neighborhood that feels like home.

It can be hard to narrow down neighborhoods with all the great ones to be found in Dallas. But you don’t have to do it alone. With the right Dallas real estate agent, your experience with searching for your new Dallas home will be 10 times better and more satisfying in the end. So contact us today at Live and Love Your Home!

 

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Candie Hernandez

Although not originally from Texas, it has become my home after 30+ years of living primarily in the DFW area. After working several years in retail, I fell into the real estate industry while I was g....

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