In the past, all you needed out of a home was a place that was near the latest restaurants and nightlife options. Now that you have children, however, what you’re looking for in a place to call home has changed dramatically.
When purchasing a home and land package, the neighbourhood of your new home is just as important as the house itself. This is especially true when you have young children. While customary advice such as “choose a place with a good school nearby” are important, there are other subtle ways to determine if a neighbourhood is family-friendly.
The Presence of Child-Friendly Amenities
Having a park in the neighbourhood is great; a park with amenities such as swing sets, football goals, and the like would be even better. Family-friendly communities understand the importance of play in the development of a child, leading to the presence of such amenities.
Kids Playing in the Street
This is a good sign for a number of reasons. The first reason is that having children playing in the street shows you that other families have found that particular neighbourhood to be family-friendly. Chances are that you will come to the same conclusion.
The second reason is that the fact children are allowed to play outside is a subtle indicator of the level of security in your neighbourhood. After all, no parent would let their children play outside if it’s dangerous in the first place.