How to Choose the Best Neighborhood for You

Alta Harvest Station Apartments in Broomfield, CO

Alta Harvest Station Apartments in Broomfield, CO

Deciding where to live isn’t just about the specifications for an apartment; it starts with determining the area in which you want to find that perfect home – the area where you will shop, play, eat and live.

Your neighborhood, like your apartment, needs to suit your individual needs and interests. But how do you know whether the new area will provide the comfort and convenience you’re looking for? Use the following guidelines to figure out what locations are best for you and your new home.

Your first step is defining what you need most out of your neighborhood. Are you single and looking to frequent restaurants and bars? Are your kids going to start or continue school soon? Is a branch of your favorite grocery store or bank nearby? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can start narrowing down your search area to specific locations that meet your needs and give you easy access to the places you visit the most.

Read more: How to Conduct a Long-Distance Apartment Search

Once you’ve decided what neighborhood qualities are most important to you, start searching for the areas that best fit your criteria. If you’re single, where are the hubs of post-school or work activity? If you have kids, where are the best schools? If you hate traffic, which neighborhoods are closest to work or campus? Also be sure to look at crime rates (, traffic patterns and doctor and specialist availability in these areas.

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Chances are you won’t find an area that is perfect – proximity to everything usually means lots of traffic, and a more secluded location with a low crime rate usually means you’ll be traveling further to get to work, school and errands. So decide what you’re willing to give up. Will you commit to a longer commute if it means living in a better school district? Can you bear a higher crime rate if you can live closer to your favorite social spots? Like with the initial prioritizing questions, answers to these questions will help narrow down your list of possible neighborhoods.

With a short list of areas determined, visit each one at various times during the day. Do cars barely move during rush hour? Are mornings particularly quiet and peaceful? Is there too much commotion at night? Also, talk to residents of the areas (your potential neighborhoods). Ask what they like most and least. Go to local stores and see what’s available. Observing the characteristics of the neighborhoods and comparing them to your preferences will allow you to pick the perfect one for you.

Read more: 6 Ingredients of Great Neighborhoods

Once you’ve found the best neighborhood for you, don’t be a stranger. Get to know your neighbors, visit local vendors and take advantage of the great area you chose.

Read more: Here, There and Back: How to Navigate Your New Neighborhood

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  8. Please be careful in choosing The Gardens at Ironwood Senior Apartment in Pleasanton, CA 94566.

    You will unfortunately find problems once you move in from what we call THE GROUP. They are long standing residents that control almost everything like events, as to where you can or not sit, or with whom. This group of unsocial women and one man should be considered .
    For myself, I have a very hard time getting management to stop all the off leash dogs from running freely, for safety concerns. I have had bi-lateral total knees and my room mate had back surgery from falling over a off leash dog where we once resided. It has been a very difficult year in doing so, I believe I have succeeded however it has caused great animosity from the residents that let their small dogs run freely. In fact, I had to recently obtain a Restraining Order against the male of The Group due to his frightening ways when he attacked me . Too long of a story to go into, however it really was needed, as he had verbally assaulted two other female residents in the past two years, and they were too terrified of him and The Group to file as I have with the court system of California.

    So, ask yourself at this time in your life ,”do you really need the problems The Garden of Ironwood has?”

    Good Hunting :O)

    • Hi Gloria,

      We’re sorry to hear you’re having problems with your current apartment community. We recommend that you direct any issues you have to your landlord or property manager, as they will be able to work with you toward a solution. Please let us know how else we can help!

      Apartment Guide

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