For many buyers, searching for neighborhoods involves driving around to different communities, researching listings to see if there are homes in their ideal price range, and asking whether the community has amenities. It sounds simple, but it takes a lot of work to narrow down the “perfect” neighborhood this way!
What You Should Actually Look For in a Community
While researching home prices, nearby conveniences, and community amenities is certainly a great way to find your ideal neighborhood, there are a few tricks that make it quicker and easier to identify the right community. So what else should you be looking for in the ideal neighborhood?
1. The Neighborhood Setting
Is the neighborhood filled with mature trees, such as in Ednam Forest? Are the roads narrow, or are they wide enough to allow cars to park on both sides? Does the neighborhood offer an unbeatable view of the Blue Ridge Mountains?
The community charm plays a large role in finding the perfect neighborhood, so we recommend driving through your favorite neighborhoods or asking us about what the neighborhood is like. Call us at (434) 296-9860.
2. Proximity to Public Schools
Regardless if school assignments are a priority in your home search, it’s important to know which of your favorite neighborhoods are located near schools. Buses, carpool lines, and school zones can all affect traffic near your neighborhood, which might be an inconvenience if you didn’t know beforehand. You can learn more by reading about the three surprising ways public schools affect your home search.
3. Access to Medical Offices and Hospitals
In the case of both routine check-ups and emergency situations, it’s helpful to know whether the neighborhoods you’re considering are close to reputable medical service providers. Huntley, for instance, is just minutes from the UVA Medical Center.
4. Sidewalks or Nearby Trails
Sidewalks and trails are often-overlooked conveniences that many home buyers don’t realize they want in a neighborhood. These paths offer a safer way to explore the area or walk the dog, especially if the sidewalks connect with trails or other attractions in the Charlottesville area.
Want to know what other features you shouldn’t overlook when searching for the perfect neighborhood? Here’s a list of 14 conveniences you don’t want to forget in your home search!
5. Homes with the Space You Need
Interior living space is a crucial factor in choosing the right home. But when choosing the right neighborhood, lot space is equally important, especially if you’re looking for more room to entertain.
In Charlottesville’s farm and estate communities, for instance, homes typically offer more acreage than properties located closer to town. Certain communities like The Farms at Turkey Run even offer outdoor amenities like stables, lakes for fly fishing, and miles of hiking and biking trails. If this is the type of lifestyle you crave, check out our list of the top luxury communities in Charlottesville.
Find the Perfect Neighborhood with Our Local Guides!
Our Charlottesville neighborhood guides offer in-depth information about a variety of communities in the area, ranging from townhouse developments to luxurious farm and estate communities. Explore your favorite communities to find available homes for sale, or search for the perfect neighborhood by home price range, size range, and location.
Need assistance finding the right home or community? We’re happy to help! Contact us at (434) 296-9860.