Location, location, location... There's no doubt that there's so much more to house hunting than the bricks and mortar themselves.
The dream home is a combination of the house itself, and the community it’s in – but how do you find your perfect community?
It may sound simple, but it’s certainly worth putting some thought into it when looking for your new community – how urban or rural do you want to live? For some, the draw of the bright lights of a city will mean that living in a town is ideal – and it does come with its perks. Homes in a town offer an abundance of diversions right on your doorstep – theatres, independent shops, restaurants and bars are all within walking distance. With so many people in one place, towns and cities will also have a huge range of clubs and groups. From sports societies to book clubs, cities can be the perfect place for those looking to explore and find their new community.
The hustle and bustle of city life isn’t for everyone, though. Other house hunters place far more value on the peace and quiet of the countryside. From grand period farmhouses to quaint and cosy cottages, village and rural life can offer a very different community feel from cities and towns. Although it may not have as wide a range of places to meet and things to do, this only means that everyone can be found in the same place, so friendships can be forged quickly! For those looking for a close-knitted community, the country life is the place to find it – from meeting neighbours at the village pub to joining local meetings to organise activities, the countryside is ideal for those looking to get stuck in and make lifelong friendships.
But what about those who aren’t quite sure what kind of community they’re looking for, or who want a little of both worlds? There’s no problem there, as the perfect place for you is the suburbs. Offering proximity to the amenities of larger towns and cities, but with a little more space with off road parking and gardens, and the fresh air of the countryside is rarely a long drive away! Suburban life is ideal for young families – the kids have space to run around, and safe cul de sac communities offer an ideal place for them to make new friends outside of school.
If you’re looking to find your perfect community, why not give our trusted experts with decades of intricate local knowledge a call?