Purchasing in a great neighbourhood

By Kirsten Friedli

Purchasing a new home can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re also trying to choose a new neighbourhood as well. While it’s true that what defines a “great neighbourhood” can differ person to person, all great neighbourhoods do share some common characteristics that are universally appealing. Here are 7 attributes that can help you decide if the neighbourhood you are looking at is a good one…

Even if you don’t have children, buying a property within an area renowned for great schools has a very positive affect on property prices. In most places, you generally need to live within a public school’s catchment area in order to send your child to that particular school.

We all want to live in an area of low crime, where we feel safe and secure. Savvy property buyers will do their research and look at crime rates in areas of interest.

A well-rounded neighbourhood is one that offers different things to different people. This could mean they’re plenty of nearby cafes and bars for foodies, walking and hiking trails for active locals, or even local clubs for engaged community members.

Living in an area where residents don’t have to travel too far to get out and about and enjoy the great outdoors, makes an area more appealing. Think of parks, playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, public pools and even nearby lakes and rivers.

Not only does a neighbourhood look amazing when each house is well presented, but it also shows that your neighbours take a lot of pride in their home – a good sign for any prospective property buyer. This doesn’t mean you live in a street of luxury properties either – great presentation starts with a mowed lawn, neat and tidy yard, freshly painted façade and clean, well-maintained footpaths.

In larger areas, being close to public transport is a must, with a huge number of commuters relying on buses and rail to get them to work every day. Walkability is also a big factor too – being able to leave the car at home to get to nearby attractions like markets, shops and cafes makes an area really desirable.

Being close to the shops is not just convenient, it is a drawcard within a neighbourhood. Weekend markets are popular neighbourhood attractions, as are large-scale shopping centres, supermarkets, and unique local boutiques.

Look around the local neighbourhood to see what makes the area special. Speak to some of the locals, and you will quickly find out the favoured places and things that are treasured by those living in the area.

If you are looking for advice on areas to purchase within the Macarthur region, our sales consultants can help you. They have excellent local knowledge and can answer any questions you may have.