September 14 2021

How to Choose Your Next Community

Let’s face it, over the past two years we’ve spent significantly more time in our homes and around our neighbourhood. Now more than ever we understand the importance of not only loving the space we call home, but loving the community that we are a part of.

We wanted to take a moment to remind you that when you’re making a move, you are not just buying a new home, you are investing in a new community and lifestyle. That’s why we’ve put together a list of questions and ‘to-do’s’ to help you narrow in on your next place to call home.  

Firstly, you’ll want to make your values clear

What makes a neighbourhood special to you? Think about your daily needs and begin to make a list of ‘non-negotiables’.

Do you value…

– Trees, parks, and walkable paths?
Close proximity to shopping centres or restaurants?
A more established community?
A newer development?
Quiet streets?
Busy streets and a lively environment?
A tight-knit and active community?
Anonymity and privacy?

Now that you’ve narrowed in on a few of your ‘non-negotiables’, start to think of the following ‘to-do’s’, as you search for your new neighbourhood. 

Figure out your maximum desired commute time

When looking into a community, think about how long it would take you to get to work. Living in the suburbs is a great way to avoid congestion, traffic and noise however, you don’t want to get stuck spending more time on the road than you desire. Ask yourself, “what is the maximum amount of time I would consider driving to and from work”. This will help you narrow in on which quadrant of the city you’ll want to live in.

After you’ve narrowed in on various quadrants, we recommend using Google Maps to estimate your driving time. Don’t forget to check DURING rush hour!

Get to know the surrounding schools

How are the schools in the neighbourhood? Are they well-kept? Are the classrooms large? How do most of the children perform on the standardized tests? Is it considerably easy for kids to get to school? Can they walk? Is there public transportation? Is it safe?

We recommend visiting school websites to get familiar with the types of schooling available within the area. Even if you do not have kids, schools are a great reflection of who the community is. 

Here are the schools in McConachie:

Think about the specific amenities you and your family would like to enjoy 

What particular lifestyle amenities are important to you? Is it water features? Entertainment facilities? Parks and playgrounds? Pathways? Bike lanes? Health Services? Get clear on the lifestyle you and your family desire.

Explore the McConachie amenities here.

Next, prioritize your safety

Know the crime rate of the community you’re looking into. Visit the online crime maps in your area – and/or do your research on how active or involved the police department is in crime prevention or community policing.

Understand the Property Tax in each community you look into

Ask your real estate agent, or the city, what the current tax rate is and how much it has increased over the last 5 years. Think about how much it could increase over time and add this amount to your moving budget!

Above all else, always invest time into getting to know the community you’re moving into! Curious if McConachie is the neighbourhood for you? Read this blog post!

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