Real Estate

Buying Property? How to Determine if a Neighbourhood or Location is Ideal for You

It’s not always easy finding that perfect place for you – but truth be told, it would be sad if it were easy; it’s a process that fills you with pride once you’ve found that ideal home. There are many things to consider, such as budget, floor area, the style and age of the residence, and so on. Taking all these factors into consideration can lead to doubt and being forced to make compromises.

Luckily, there’s a lot of professional advice you can avail of, and this one’s for free: estate agents often suggest you start by choosing a neighbourhood first. Are you thinking about buying property? Here’s how to determine if a neighbourhood or location is ideal for you.

Think of the future

It’s important to take a look around the neighbourhood, of course – preferably several times, at different times of day, and on different days of the week, whether you are looking for houses for sale in Hornchurch, flats for sale in Brentwood, or more – but this will give you an impression only of what the area is like today. Think of the future and check the local authority planning; they may have projects in store that might affect your plans or the value of the property.

Crime rates

Don’t forget to drop by the local police station or visit their website; the police are usually very cooperative when it comes to giving you specific data and giving you some sound advice on matters such as crime rates and other information you need to know.


Easy access to public transportation may be very important to you; even if it isn’t you may want to check out the availability of parking, busy roads and one-way streets, and so on.

Schools, shops, and medical facilities

It’s always a big plus if you are able to live near shops and restaurants; it’s very convenient. For those with children or those with medical issues, the close vicinity of schools and medical facilities such as clinics or pharmacies may also be a requirement.

Neighbours and recreation

Do the neighbours seem friendly and quiet? Will you be able to enjoy a walk in a nearby park or along a recreational area?

Also, don’t forget to check the history of the area when it comes to flooding or other natural disasters (high winds could lead to damage to the house due to branches or falling trees in high winds, and so on). These calamities may not happen often, but if there is a history, it’s important to know about it. Choosing that ideal home for you is not just about the house itself – often it pays to look at the environment and the community first before checking out properties; the area is just as important.

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