When choosing a new home, the first thing to figure out is where to go. While you might favor popular neighborhoods, you probably need to ask whether the community feels more suitable for your future family, or for your retirement.
But what makes a community the best place to live in? You should look for a community that has an atmosphere of harmony and well-being. Communities with these surroundings make their residents feel secure and happy in their homes and with their neighbors.
Now how do you choose a community that suits a future home, and provides surroundings you can thrive in? Here are six things to look out for:
1. Mixed-use character
For people who want to be closer to the modern conveniences of city life, a pre-selling house and lot in a mixed-use development is a good real estate option. Communities with a mixed-use character encourage economic opportunities, especially for those with an entrepreneurial spirit.
For example, homeowners at Avida Village North Point in Talisay, Negros can take advantage of their properties’ proximity to The District Northpoint, Ayala Malls’ mid-level mall development. They can use their homes as their place of business and take advantage of the accessibility (and foot traffic) of the neighboring mall and the Metro Gaisano supermarket. Their homes can also turn into home rentals or vacation homes for tourists who wish to visit The Ruins, a 20th-century ancestral mansion remains of the historical Lacson family.
2. A safer, secure neighborhood
A constant concern for most homeowners is the security and safety of a neighborhood. While high walls and fences can keep some people and strays away, it can be stifling for some homeowners who like to have some sort of freedom in their neighborhood.
A well-planned community not only keeps the neighborhood safe and secure, but also encourages camaraderie and unity among neighbors. Neighbors not only acknowledge each other’s presence in the area but also their roles and value as members of the community. Some neighbors will be proactive, and the rest will extend whatever support is needed to keep the community safe and secure.
3. Parks and gardens
Open, green spaces like parks and gardens provide many health benefits to a community. A community that lacks green spaces is prone to public health issues due to air pollution.
Parks and gardens also provide a community a venue to get together and socialize and interact with neighbors. Avida Village Pavia Iloilo, for example, has its own park, pocket gardens, playground, landscaped areas and other open spaces free for its residents to host simple gatherings or leisurely get-togethers. Unlike vertical developments (building-type living), there’s more than enough space for any resident to breathe and feel relaxed among the greenery.
4. Tree culture
Trees have long been a significant element in a person’s quality of life. From early beliefs to current traditions and connections, there is something about trees in your neighborhood to make you deeply rooted in the community. They also bear witness to a community’s history —the older they are, the historically rich the community is.
As such, tree culture is quite popular in quaint real estate developments. They bring a certain homey feel that would make anyone call communities that value tree culture home.
5. Neighborhood-responsive schools
Top-quality public education institutions can help any community flourish and maintain prosperity. This is because neighborhood schools serve as anchor institutions in a community. Neighborhood schools also provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds and walks of life.
Community partnerships are collaborative projects, local and global community connections, and relationships that advance community goals. These kinds of partnerships are designed to embrace the potential of every resident in the community. A homeowners association (HOA), is a perfect example of this. HOAs historically are created to address, discuss, and solve problems; while helping resolve community issues among involved parties.
Finding your new community may seem difficult and even unattainable. But the best way to go about it is by seeking the things that make a good community, and becoming an active participant in building and maintaining the community you eventually call home.