Moving with your family can be challenging, but choosing a family friendly suburb can make the transition much easier. Although the needs of most families differ slightly, there are several key aspects that make a neighbourhood ideal for a family.
Here are our top 6 things to look for when choosing a family friendly suburb:
1) Quiet and safe streets
We all want our kids to grow up safely and be able to explore the area where they live. Look for safer suburbs with a good reputation, lower crime rates and preferably no noisy nightlife from surrounding cafes or pubs. Quieter streets away from main roads and highways also encourage families to spend more time outdoors riding bikes and playing games with other kids in the street.
2) Community-based services
Family friendly neighbourhoods usually have a variety of community services available in the area. This includes maternal health clinics, libraries, community parks and centres for sports, arts and culture.
The ideal neighbourhood for your family has a choice of quality day care, preschools, primary, and secondary schools available within a close distance. As a general rule of thumb, the more schools in the area, the more families and kids live there too – making it much easier to connect with other families in your neighbourhood.
A variety of shops which are conveniently located nearby can make life much easier for any parent. Local and smaller shopping centres with ample parking, a supermarket, post office, bakery and a few other essential shops are the ideal one-stop solution for busy families.
5) Hospital and medical facilities
Let’s face it, families with children visit the doctor, dentist and other medical providers quite frequently, and you don’t want to drive very far with a sick child to find a doctor or hospital. Family-oriented neighbourhoods usually have ample medical centres, clinics and hospitals available to serve the community.
6) Good value properties
As a family you will most likely be looking for a larger home with a garden, but this can also be expensive. You may have to look at suburbs a bit further away from the city centre to find a budget-friendly option. Look for areas with easy access to public transport and major roads, to make travelling to the city, schools or where you work much easier.
Do you have anything else you look for when buying a new home in a family friendly area. Please share in the comments below.
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