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How Do I Choose the Right Neighborhood? A Guide to Relocating

Yvonne Boulay
You'll enjoy your apartment more if you choose the right neighborhood.

Relocating to a new apartment is an exciting adventure, but one of the most critical decisions you'll make is choosing the right neighborhood. Where you decide to live can have a significant impact on your quality of life, so it's important to do your research and make an informed choice. In this short article, we'll walk you through the factors to consider when selecting the perfect neighborhood for your new apartment.

Safety First

Your safety should be a top priority when choosing a new neighborhood. Research the crime rates in different areas of the city and chat with potential neighbors. If you’re relocating sight unseen, download apps like Citizen to get an unfiltered, real-time view of what’s going on in your desired neighborhood. You can also consult online community forums like Reddit to learn where to avoid or where locals recommend.

Proximity to Work and Public Transportation

When relocating, consider how close your new neighborhood is to your workplace. A lengthy commute is always a major source of stress, but ‘lengthy’ may be subjective. If you have a car, make sure there’s adequate parking at your complex. If you rely on public transportation, check the availability of buses, subways, or commuter trains in the area at all times of day. Not having easy access to public transportation can be a dealbreaker, so it may also be worth checking the neighborhood’s walk and bike score.

Activities and Free Time

Think about what you love to do outside of work – Is it important that these activities are close by? Before you relocate, make a list of the essential amenities you'd like to have within a reasonable distance from your new apartment. This could mean anything from rock climbing gyms to movie theaters. Explore Google Maps of different neighborhoods to make sure you have a grocery store, gym, take-out, and parks nearby.

Community and Vibe

The vibe and atmosphere of a neighborhood can play a significant role in your overall satisfaction with your new apartment. Before you relocate, visit the area during different times of the day and week to get a sense of the community. Are there local events or farmer's markets on the weekends? Or is the bar down the block too noisy to get a good night’s sleep? This also means paying close attention to the neighborhood’s demographics. Do other young professionals live in this neighborhood? Or just retired folks?

Future Development and Noise

Speaking of noise, use a keen eye to see if any major construction is happening in the area. Growth can significantly impact property values and the overall character of the area. Every neighborhood has its unique character and personality. Some are vibrant and bustling, while others are quieter and more peaceful. Think about your preferences and what kind of neighborhood atmosphere you're looking for.

Cost of Living

If your heart is set on relocating to a certain city, you should evaluate the cost of living in different areas. This includes property prices, rent, and utility costs. Some areas may be more budget-friendly than others, but it may come at the price of space or safety. It's crucial to consider your financial situation before committing to a new apartment.

Choosing the perfect neighborhood for your new apartment is a decision that can shape your daily life and overall happiness. By considering factors like safety, proximity to work, activities, and the community's character, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your needs. Remember: It’s a marathon, not a sprint! Take your time to research, visit, and explore different neighborhoods so you can confidently find an apartment that feels like home.

Ori Semi-Furnished Apartments are conveniently located in 30+ amazing neighborhoods across the country. If you’re relocating, having your bed, mattress, and desk already in your space is the perfect way to save money on furniture and remove the stress of transporting large belongings. 

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