How to Find a Family Friendly Neighbourhood
Now that you’ve decided to purchase a home, you may have narrowed down the neighbourhood you want to look at. Families with kids will have different needs compared to a buyer who is single but do you know what questions you should ask if you’re looking for a family-friendly neighbourhood? For families with kids, these are the top 6 questions you want to ask your realtor, or the neighbours in the area, to see if the neighbourhood is a good fit for you and your family.
1) What elementary schools are in the neighbourhood? What high school will the elementary school feed into?
North and West Vancouver schools are excellent but each nearby elementary school may offer different programs, depending on what your family is interested in. Some schools offer early and/or late French Immersion or IB (International Baccalaureate) programs, while others will have a focus on music or art programs. You may want to consider a home in a neighbourhood with a school that offers you French immersion so that you are in the right catchment area.
Researching which high school the elementary school will feed into can also be important because it may be a long distance from the home you want to buy.
2) How close to the property is the transit route?
Easy access to transit can be an important need when buying a home. Depending on which transit route the house is located on or how far away the home is from transit, the commute time can vary a lot. If your family decides to have childcare providers like a nanny or babysitter to bus to your house, how difficult will it be for them to access your home? The more difficult it is, the more it will limit your transportation options.
3) How close is the nearest playground or green space?
For families with young children, green space or playgrounds may also be a big factor when deciding which neighbourhood to buy a house in. Ideally, for younger kids, a nearby playground will make it easier for them to play outside and to meet up with friends. You may also want a playground or green space nearby if you live in a condo or a townhouse and don’t have a backyard or lawn.
4) What amenities are close by?
Think about how much easier it would be for you if you can just walk to the grocery store or other services like your dentist, doctor, or the local coffee shop. Finding parking in certain parts of North Vancouver, like Lower Lonsdale, can be difficult at times but for families living nearby in condos and townhouses, they can just walk instead of driving.
5) How many families live in the area? Do they have younger or older kids?
Depending on the age of your kids and family, the number of families in the area and whether they have older or younger kids may be an important factor. If most of the homeowners in the neighbourhood have young families, just like your family, it would be easier for you and your family to build relationships with your neighbours. Or if there are older kids, this could mean more potential babysitters for your kids.
6) What’s the layout of the road?
The layout of the road where the house or townhouse is located can really make a neighbourhood feel family friendly. Cul-de-sacs are known to be family friendly since less traffic will enter a cul-de-sac so kids will often play on the street. If a house or townhome is in a more remote neighbourhood, parents won’t have to worry about traffic or speeding cars. Meandering roads will also slow down cars so they are likely safer.
These 6 questions will help you narrow down your search for the best neighbourhood for you and your family. Ultimately, the best neighbourhood for you will depend on your needs and how you prioritize those needs. Not only can your realtor find you the best home based on your needs, they can also find the neighbourhood for you and your family.
Contact Erin or Scott today to talk about the neighbourhoods that best fit your family.