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7 Steps To Finding A Neighborhood That Fits You

A move can be difficult on homeowners and their families. After living in one neighborhood for a substantial amount of time, to move to another can cause a person to feel uprooted. They loose the comfort of knowing the area, what is available, what the environment is like, and who they are surrounded by. In a new neighborhood, there is uncertainty. In order to decrease some of the uncertainty of moving to a new neighborhood, there are steps that can be taken to prepare yourself to know what to expect from your new location. Here are 7 steps to finding a neighborhood that fits you.


  1. Your budget. Most homes in one neighborhood are going to be about the same price. There are outliers; the few homes that are either much higher or lower than the average home in the neighborhood. But those houses are going to be harder to come by. You are going to need to find a neighborhood that fits within your budget. This is the first step. You do not want to take the time to gather a plethora of information about a neighborhood only to find out that the neighborhood is outside of your available budget. To find this type of information, go to websites like and They will have information on the median home prices of homes in different areas. For example, if you are interested in potentially living in Del Mar, the median home price in this area is $1,356,500.
  2. Crime rates. Living in a neighborhood that has a high crime rate is going to cause unnecessary stress. Without a feeling of safety and security, your ability to thrive in other areas of your life is going to be minimal. will be able to provide you with the necessary information. This website addresses thefts, robberies, assaults, stolen vehicles, breaking and entering, and registered sex offenders. Another resource to use for finding registered sex offenders is the US Department of Justice National Sex Offender website. It enables you to look up sex offenders by location. For all different types of crime, you can also check the newspaper for recent crime activities in a neighborhood that you are interested in. You are not going to be able to find a neighborhood that never has and never will have crime. But you can find a neighborhood that has a limited amount of crime.
  3. School systems. Parents want their child to receive a good education. Even if you don’t have children, you are still going to want to know if your new neighborhood has a good school system, because the better the school, the more likely you are to live in a good neighborhood. provides information on different types of schools: public, charter, and private. According to the test results of schools in San Diego, this city ranks 7 out of 10, which is an average score. A few of the best-ranked schools in this city include: Willow Grove Elementary School, Creekside Elementary School, and Curie Elementary School.
  4. Property taxes. Property taxes are a good indication of the stability of a neighborhood. If property taxes have been on a continuous decline over the past few years, then your neighborhood is on the decline. With low property taxes, the city is not going to be able to afford as many public amenities. Schools are going to take one of the biggest hits when property taxes are declining, as they are primarily funded through taxes.
  5. Amenities. Whether you are a family with children, a newly married couple, single, or a retired couple, you are going to want a neighborhood that has the amenities that fit your lifestyle. Parks, restaurants, gardens, pools, libraries, all add to the overall environment of a neighborhood. Look for a neighborhood that has the activities you enjoy.
  6. A well-educated realtor. Hiring a professional with expertise on the neighborhood you are looking to move to is crucial. If you have a specific neighborhood in mind, find a professional who works in that area. Once the realtor knows your price range and the type of neighborhood you want to live in, they will be able to help you expand your choices by finding similar homes and neighborhoods.
  7. The locals. Nobody is going to know the area as well as a local. Take the time to walk around a neighborhood, go to open houses, eat at a restaurant, or bring your kids to play at the park. Be courageous and get to know a few people who live in that neighborhood. Ask them questions. Find out where the closest shopping mall is, if there is free parking in the downtown, and any information on the atmosphere of the neighborhood. Ask them if they enjoy living in the neighborhood, the positive and negative aspects of it. These could potentially be your neighbors; you will want to get a good vibe from them. But don’t base your judgments of the entire neighborhood on 1, 2, or 3 less than friendly individuals. Every town has its grumps.


Once you have a list of specific neighborhoods that you are interested in, there are many resources available online to find information about that neighborhood. The list is endless. After taking the time to find online information, it is very important to have a personal contact to provide you with information: a realtor and local. Then, after gathering everything you can about a neighborhood, you will be able to make the best decision as to whether that neighborhood is going to be one that your family will be able to thrive in. Moving to a new neighborhood is hard. But it will be easier if you already know some of the positive aspects of moving to your new neighborhood by conducting the necessary research.

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