There’s something about moving into a new neighbourhood that’s exhilarating. It’s the beginning of an exciting chapter where you’ll spend the next portion of your life. So to make sure the community is exactly what you need it to be, it’s important to do a bit of research. Start by considering these five important things to look for in a new neighbourhood.
There’s more to your new life than just enjoying the neighbourhood. Work, family and events will still be part of your day-to-day, which means you’ll want to ensure you can get around easily – even if you’re no longer living close to the CBD. That’s why being close to good public transport is so important in your new neighbourhood.
Savana in Victoria, for example, is a master-planned community that’s just a short walk from the Wyndham Vale train station. That means residents can take advantage of their self-sustainable community while also being close to everything with excellent public transport options.
Proximity to Amenities and Walkability
You definitely want to be close to all the essential amenities like grocery stores and public transport, but you don’t need to live next door to them. In fact, a little freedom in your neighbourhood is a good thing – it means the community is more focused on a comfortable lifestyle rather than making the suburb overly busy with too many shoppers.
AVID’s master-planned communities are the perfect example of getting this balance right– including Harmony on the Sunshine Coast, Brentwood Forest near Brisbane, The Rathbone in Sydney’s Surry Hills, Waterford in the Hunter Region, and Bloomdale in Victoria.
There are so many great facilities within the neighbourhoods themselves, but they are also located within close proximity to amenities like schools, medical centres,cafes and more. So whether you’re walking, driving or catching public transport, you never have to travel far to find what you need.
Lush Greenery and Family-Friendly Areas
If you’re moving to a new neighbourhood, you probably don’t want to endure peak-hour traffic, skyscrapers as far as the eye can see and a concrete jungle everywhere you walk. Instead, you want a more laid-back suburb that embraces its surroundings.
A community like Hillstowe, which is nestled in the foothills of Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges, could be the ideal location. Not only are residents based in lush greenery and have access to fantastic family-friendly parks and facilities, but they are still in close proximity to Melbourne’s CBD via nearby public transport.
A Close-Knit Community
Unless your next home is simply a stepping stone between properties, you’ll likely want to settle into the neighbourhood and know that the other residents have similar lifestyle aspirations.
Buying a home in a master-planned community means you can be assured your neighbours will be like-minded about where and how they want to live. With on-site amenities, a focus on family-friendly areas and many home owners moving in at a similar time, you’ll be much more likely to find a close-knit community here than in an older, more established suburb.
Safe and Quiet
Whether you’re single, in a relationship or raising a family, everyone wants to know their neighbourhood is safe and secure. You can do lots of research online about a suburb’s safety, but it also pays to visit the area yourself at different times to make sure it aligns with your expectations.
Similarly, if you’re looking for a quieter place that isn’t prone to lots of nightlife, find a neighbourhood that is family-friendly and includes more cafes and schools rather than pubs and clubs.