Sometimes, a neighborhood appears awesome…but might be hiding some spooky, ghostly elements!
You can’t know, for instance, how welcoming some neighborhoods are to families with small children unless you see small children there.
If you’ve only visited the neighborhood during the workday, you won’t know if the streets fill with bicycles and skateboards at 3:00 PM when school lets out. If you’ve never been there on a Saturday, you don’t know if neighbors chat while doing outdoor chores, or if they hide indoors and hire landscapers to take care of their yard work. Your dream neighborhood might look like Mayberry RFD, but looks can be deceptive.
Before you say Boo!
Take the time to check out potential new neighborhoods at times when children might be visible before you buy that house!
In fact, Halloween is the perfect time to visit a potential new neighborhood!
Here’s what to look for in kid-friendly communities:
If the neighborhood is older and laid out in regular grid streets, you might not find a common area for holiday activities. That doesn’t mean that neighborhood is not kid-friendly, it just means you need to look for other clues. Of course, you’ll always be able to see decorations on individual homes and in private yards, but if these are just hit-or-miss, you’ll want to do more thorough investigating.
One way to do that is to drive through the neighborhood on Halloween. (Note: For investigative purposes, you probably don’t want your children along because they may be disappointed.) Look for homes with porch lights ON. The traditional indication of a home participating in Halloween trick-or-treating is to have the porch light on. Of course, some homes have automatic exterior lights, so also look for the presence of someone in the home … lights visible through window coverings, too.
Observe the number and age of children moving through the neighborhood from home to home.
If there are few lights, little-to-no decorations and only small numbers of children, that may not be the neighborhood for you if you’re wanting lots of family activity.
Also, check the community pages for fun-and-friendly neighborhoods. Many municipalities list the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating with kids of various ages.
Your real estate professional can help you determine the suitability of a neighborhood for your family’s needs and help you find the home of your dreams.
Compliments of The Smith Group