Locating the perfect home for your family can be complex, as you want the home to be in a family-friendly neighbourhood. How do you know you have picked the right suburb? Here, written in collaboration with Private Property, are four things you should look for if you want to settle in a neighbourhood that’s perfect for raising a family.


  1. Family-Friendly Amenities

An ideal neighbourhood will have various family-friendly amenities. Drive around and see if you can spot any parks nearby. ‘How to find your city’s most family-friendly suburbs’ points out that, when you’re exploring a potentially suitable location during the day, you should also look for signs of other children living in the neighbourhood. See if you can find any children in the area that are in the same age group as your children. If you have younger children, it would be great to find a suburb with lots of younger children so they can play together.


  1. A Safe Environment

Safety is very important when making a decision about any neighbourhood, especially with young children under your protection. The home should not be located in close proximity to dangerous railway tracks, for example. It’s also a good idea to do research on businesses in the neighbourhood, as having bars within walking distance would not be desirable when raising a family. Find out whether the streets are well lit at night; you should feel comfortable walking with your dog or kids around the area in the evening hours.


  1. Timing

When shortlisting homes to view, you should visit the areas that could be ideal options at different times of the day. This is a good way to make sure that a peaceful neighbourhood doesn’t become a hub of nightlife once the night sets in. This will also give you a feel for the type of people residing in the area and whether their lifestyles are ideal for you and your family.


  1. Tidiness

A neighbourhood with cracked pavements, litter or shabby parks may not be good for raising children. These are not only a danger, but they often mean that there are only a few children in the area. However, you should not dismiss a neighbourhood where homes are being built or renovated, especially if it’s young families moving into the homes.


Now that you have these tips, picking the right suburb in which to raise your family should be an easier, more exciting task. For advice on other aspects of buying a home for first time home buyers check out Private Property’s website.

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