What Families Need to Look for When Choosing a Neighborhood

What Families Need to Look for When Choosing a Neighborhood

  • Maggie Keats
  • 09/20/22

There are several things to keep in mind when searching for Port Washington real estate that will suit your family’s needs. A neighborhood search can fall to the wayside when trying to find a home with the perfect layout, but the area around a home is as important as the home itself. Here’s what to look for when choosing a neighborhood for your family.

A place that fits your needs

Even before starting your search for Port Washington homes for sale, first, reflect on what you need and want out of a particular area. For example, do you want to move your family into an area like the city, where they’ll be closer to certain opportunities? Or would you rather move somewhere more rural, where they have a place to play without worrying about traffic?

Also, think about the type of neighborhood you want to live in. If you want to be friendly with your neighbors, make sure you aren’t moving into an area where everybody keeps to themselves. And think about how close you are to things like parks, schools, and your job. List out the types of opportunities you want for you and your family, and make a point to search for them when considering a neighborhood.

The difference in price

Before moving out of your home and into Port Washington homes for sale, consider financial logistics like home values, taxes, and insurance. Even if money isn’t an issue for you, knowing the value of your home and the ones in the neighborhood can help you judge if buying in the area is a good long-term investment. And knowing about property taxes can help you be aware of any changes and plan accordingly.

While considering monetary issues, you should also look up how the cost of living differs from where you are currently. Research things like grocery prices, transportation, and childcare if you have young children and a job. Being aware of the possible differences helps you track where your money is going, as well as how to plan for your family’s future needs.

What people are saying online


There’s a lot you can learn about a neighborhood without visiting in person. Using online resources like NeighborhoodScout can provide you with basic information about an area. Also search online for the school districts that serve different neighborhoods of Port Washington real estate, to make sure your children receive a good education. Look up aspects like class sizes, standardized test scores, and graduation rates to evaluate whether or not the school and area are a good fit.

You can also search for online forums to talk to locals about what it’s like living in a certain neighborhood. Members of these communities can provide you with insightful and anecdotal information that would be difficult to find through other channels of research. Another good tool to use is Google Maps. By typing in a home’s address, you can see the services and amenities near the area, and you can map out travel times to grocery stores, schools, and jobs.

The neighborhood environment

When you’ve figured out all you can about Port Washington homes for sale online, it’s time to visit the neighborhood in person. Be thorough with your assessment by visiting the neighborhood at different times of the day and during the week. This will help you understand the flow of the neighborhood energy. Check the types of traffic outside of the home during rush hour, as well as if weekends are usually quiet or not.

If you spot a person out in their front yard or on a walk, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask them questions. If they’re willing to talk to you, that’s usually a good indication of the neighborhood. They’ll be able to tell you a lot about the neighborhood environment as a whole, and whether or not it’s compatible with you and the needs of your family.

What’s around the neighborhood

After scoping out the neighborhood itself, check what’s around the neighborhood. Besides searching for schools, you’ll also want to look for things like a gym, group sports, or theater programs for children, and parks or play areas. You’ll also want to check out how far away services like restaurants, grocery stores, and other shopping areas are from your Port Washington real estate.

Now is also the time to search for necessities like a pediatrician or family doctor, a hospital, a vet if you have pets, and an auto repair shop for emergencies. Knowing where these services are and how far away they are will help you and your family stay safe. Lastly, check how far the commute from your work is, both in traffic and out of it. Decide if you’re able to make the commute every day, regardless of how long or short it is.

The neighborhood’s future


It can be hard to look for what isn’t there yet, but considering a neighborhood’s future is crucial to keeping you and your family happy for the time to come. You can search for future plans around the area through the local Chamber of Commerce or City Hall to get an idea of what’s planned for around your house.

Future plans to build streets near a neighborhood can cause an increase in noise and traffic, which can impact your family’s ability to relax in your home and play outside safely. And plans to construct buildings around the area can wipe out the surrounding nature or block a beautiful view. They can also negatively impact your home’s value, which isn’t ideal if you need to move because you’ve outgrown the home or for any other reason.

Ready to choose a neighborhood for your family?

Make sure to consider the points in the list when you’re searching for a neighborhood for your family to live in. When you’re ready to begin your search for Port Washington homes, contact Port Washington real estate expert Maggie Keats to guide you through the process.



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