Looking To Buy A Kid-Friendly Home? Keep These Tips In Mind

real estateIf you’re getting ready to buy your first family home, you’re certainly in good company. Realtor.com recently predicted that 61% of homeowners in 2017 will be under the age of 35. Whether you’re a couple planning to raise a family or you’ve already added children to your brood, there are certain considerations to keep in mind when looking at houses for sale. For many, kid-friendly features are a must. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your final real estate purchase will work for your family.

  • It needs to fit your lifestyle
    When it comes to family-friendly real estate, size matters. This is especially true if you may expand your family in the near future or plan to stay in your first home for the long haul. While there are bound to be new homes that offer more space than you might realistically need at present, remember to keep your future requirements in mind. With one or two extra people (even small ones), that charming kitchen might seem a bit too cramped. Having a dedicated room for play and an outdoor space may be of particular importance. So too are having a laundry room, mud room, and storage and closet space for many families. If you’re buying a new home, you don’t want to outgrow it within a year or two. Think of both the present and the future before signing on the dotted line.
  • Your home needs to be safe
    Another primary concern when buying a new home is the safety of your family. Many families prefer an open floor plan that allows them to keep an eye on their children no matter where they are on the first floor. For others, steep stairs, pools, and non-fenced-in yards may present big problems, especially with young children. You should carefully inspect any home you look at and identify potential hazards before ever making an offer. In addition, you’ll want to extend your gaze beyond the property itself: is it in a quiet neighborhood, or are you adjacent to a busy street? Are there lots of other families around? What about the proximity to hospitals, firehouses, and police stations? While you might not immediately think of these factors, they should play a part in your decision-making. Isolated neighborhoods without other kids or in high-traffic areas may not work for your family.
  • The neighborhood should meet your standards
    You can tell a lot from an area from how it makes you feel when you arrive. Aside from traffic and other families, you’ll need to think about location in your real estate search. If you already have kids or plan to, school districts are often a top priority. You may also want to think about how far the home is from reputable day care centers, sports leagues, and other activities you plan to participate in. Finally, you need to examine whether the neighborhood is walkable. If it’s centrally located near shops, restaurants, and entertainment, the area may be able to work for the entire family.

Is your family just beginning your search for Hopewell real estate? Stony Brook Estates can provide a sense of community and luxury that may fit all of your needs. For more information, get in touch with us today.

4 Tools To Help Gage a Neighborhood’s Walkability

homeWalkability is an important issue for many first time home buyers. It allows people to stay active and reduce the amount of money spend on transportation costs. It also helps to foster a stronger sense of community and increases local engagement.

But how exactly do you decide whether a neighborhood is walkable when looking for a new home? After all, more than six in ten adults, or 63%, will move into a new community at least once in their lives, oftentimes in pursuit of a job or fresh start. Even the 37% who never leave their hometowns might not be entirely familiar with every neighborhood in town.

If you are looking at a new neighborhood and want to understand if it is a walkable space, then here are some of the key factors to look for.

A Center
Whether it is your small town main street, city hall, or public space such as a park or other venue, a walkable town should extend from an epicenter. This can be tricky, as some towns will have a main street that is not really the center of the town. In order to determine this one, ask yourself: does this feel like the town is growing out of this point, or is development scattered between several disconnected points.

People AND Businesses
This might seem obvious, but without enough people to keep businesses growing, then there won’t be enough to support a walking community. It is also important to notice that a healthy mix of people from a number of backgrounds is also an important factor in walkability.

Public Spaces
If the only places available for people to gather and relax are businesses, then the neighborhood will be less likely geared towards community and walkability. Public spaces allow residents to gather regardless of income and situation.

Pedestrian Friendly Design
Again, some of this is obvious: if there are no sidewalks, then the neighborhood is not safely walkable. But other parts are subtle. While driving through a neighborhood look to see where the parking lots are located. If the buildings are set back from the street with the lot in front, then drivers are clearly the neighborhood’s priority.

When buying a new home, walkability is an important factor to remember. Many luxury houses and tracks are constructed in areas that, while beautiful, require a car to travel to even the most mundane destinations.

Stony Brook Estates offer the most walkability for any Princeton new homes for sale. Contact us today to learn more.