What to ask yourself when selecting a community to build in
March 14, 2018 | by QualicoCommunities
Buying a home is a big commitment. There are so many factors to consider before you determine where you settle down. Though the number of rooms and total square footage is paramount, the space outside the walls of your home are just as important to determining the right home for your family.
Every community offers its own unique charms and amenities that appeal to residents. When you look for a community to build your new home in, it is crucial that you choose a community that has the features and amenities that your family needs.
Community amenities are a critical component to the convenience and comfort of your new home. Amenities include services in the community such as grocery stores, fitness centres, coffee shops and restaurants. The type of amenities that you are looking for in your community may vary based on your family’s lifestyle or the age of your children. If you have young children, or are planning to start your family, having schools close by in the community may be very important. If your family likes to be active year-round, you may be looking for a community that has fitness centres or recreation facilities nearby and of course, having a grocery store just a short drive away is always important.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to community amenities, so it is key to consider what amenities are the most important to your family before settling on a community to live in. When building new this is especially important; some communities may be farther down the line in development, so a school in one community may only be planned whereas in another it could be newly opened. The same would be true of stores, or transit routes.
Room for outdoor activity
Maintaining an active lifestyle is important to health and wellness. For growing families, room to roam and explore is becoming a community necessity that needs to be considered when determining a community in which to build your new home.
When you are debating where you and your family should call home, consider the number of parks, pathways and designated green spaces in the community. These outdoor spaces are not only great areas for outdoor activity, but they are also key community gathering places that bring the neighbourhood together and help form its identity.
Can you and your family play soccer in a field nearby? Do you feel safe letting your kids go to the park down the road; is there even a park there? Ask yourself questions like these.
Community development factors
Development is a long process and in most new communities, it continues long after you have moved into your new home. With that in mind, there are a couple of questions that need to be considered.
First, determine how far along the community is in the development process. If it is still early, you would be subject to multiple years of construction, heavy machinery and large vehicles creating traffic in the community. On the other hand, if the community’s development is near completion, you get a great idea of everything the community provides.
The second factor to consider is the resale value of other homes in the area. Unless you are buying your forever home, one day you’re going to move. When that day comes, it is important to get the best possible return. Be sure to ask about the typical resale value of other homes in the area. It may not seem important at the time; but in the future, it could really pay off!
Follow your heart
Nobody knows what you need in a community like you. When it comes to determining the community to settle down in, trust your heart and follow your instincts! Ask yourself why you would want to live in a particular community. It is important to trust your gut feeling and do what feels right to you.
Another important thing to consider is the community’s proximity to your family and friends. Staying close and connected to those who matter most in our lives is of immense importance; especially for children. Whether you need a family member to help babysit, or you want your little ones want to keep strong family ties, think about how far you will be from the ones you love before a big move.
The beautiful northwest community of Evanston was designed with family in mind. Spanning 660 acres, the pathways and green spaces, along with the stormwater pond and picnic areas, encourage residents to join together in community. Active living is promoted throughout the community as families can come together and play in the baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and playgrounds. An already established community, Evanston provides residents with 2 schools, multiple recreation areas and other amenities like grocery stores and coffee shops. Starting from the $290’s, Evanston has homes for every lifestyle, and all sizes of families.