What to look for in a family-friendly neighbourhood

Date: 3 November 2014
What to look for in a family-friendly neighbourhood
When you're looking for a new home for your family, it's important to remember that you aren't just seeking out a great property - you're in search of a great neighbourhood. There are many factors to consider for your family's long-term wellbeing, here are a few important ones.

Reaching the teaching

If you have children, one of the most important aspects of a prospective neighbourhood is the nearby schools. Have a look around the suburb, and check up on the educational facilities. Do they have good teaching staff and favourable reviews? Are they near public transport, within driving distance or can you walk the kids to school every morning? You can check with friends or colleagues in the area for additional reports.

Keeping it green

Your weekend will often be a time for the family to do activities together, and not always within the comfort of your own home. So with that in mind, are there parks in the area? They provide a great opportunity to stretch your legs and get some sun, as well as let the kids let their energy out on a playground. Green amenities are also a must if you have pets such as dogs - they'll love you for the ability to run around the green fields on a Sunday!

Top shops

You'll also want to be able to easily do your grocery shopping when you settle down in a new family home - so how close is the nearest shopping centre? Other retail facilities like a bank, doctor, and perhaps a local cafe will be things you keep an eye out for too. Getting a cup of coffee with your friendly neighbour at your local cafe might not be high on the list to begin with, but it's these little things that can really make an area shine. 
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