When buying a home, the neighbourhood you choose can be just as important as the choice of home. So how do you choose? Let’s look at a few ways to help when choosing a Kitchener neighbourhood.
Start by creating a list of what you need in a neighbourhood. Consider the following questions:
What Type of Neighbourhood Environment?
Maybe you are looking for the reinvigorated downtown, urban vibe that Kitchener has been enhancing over the years? Or do you see yourself in one of the newer suburban areas, like Lackner Woods or Toppers Woods? How about a laid-back, country setting just outside the city limits in nearby New Dundee or Petersburg?
Nearby Shopping, Restaurants and Business
Kitchener offers many indoor and outdoor shopping malls you may want easy access to. Do you want to be close to a favourite coffee shop? Maybe you would like to be near one of the 147 sports fields or open parkland available throughout Kitchener? There are 5 community branches of the Kitchener Public Library that you may want to consider being close to, or one of the city’s art galleries and museums.
What Leisure-Time Activities Do You Enjoy?
Many of Kitchener’s home communities offer countless community amenities that can support your interests or hobbies. Do you want to be near one of the many pools, tennis courts, or recreation facilities throughout the city’s neighbourhoods? There are over 125 km of community trails that spread throughout Kitchener’s neighbourhoods offering walking, hiking, and biking opportunities.
What Type of Commute Do You Seek?
If you commute daily to work, maybe you would prefer to have nearby access to the Conestoga Parkway or 401. You could be considering taking mass transit and would like to be on along a Grand River Transit bus route or the upcoming Light Rail Transit, iON. Consider how many minutes each way you would ideally prefer to spend traveling to and from work.
What Schools or School Boards?
If you have children or planning to have a family in the future, buying a home in a community with good schools is likely a high priority. Even if you’re single, living in an area with a sought-after school can raise your property value. Kitchener has 4 great public school boards and various private schools you may consider.
Once you have made your short list of neighbourhoods based on the above questions, visit them in person. There is no better way to help narrow down your search than by using your senses. Take a walk around the neighbourhood and consider the following:
You will want to feel good about where you call home, so visualize yourself in the neighbourhood. Observe the neighbourhood at different times of the day by driving through before work, during your lunch break, on the way home from work, and after dinner-time. The visual cues you observe can help you decide if you’ll fit in.
Stop and listen to the surrounding sounds, paying attention to the nearby white noise. Talk to your future neighbours; ask them for their opinions on the area.
The Internet can’t inform you of any odours and every neighbourhood has its own distinct smell. Some times its from the nearby greenspace or maybe its baking cookies wafting in from the nearby Dare plant.
No, I’m not suggesting you lick the sidewalk throughout the neighbourhood. But ask yourself if the neighbourhood matches your taste in living environment. Trust your gut feeling.
Now that you have narrowed down your neighbourhood, it’s time for the hard part: finding a house you love. With over 15 years experience in Kitchener, The Dennis Team’s agents know where all the best neighbourhoods are. Give us a call at (519) 498-1229 or email us and we’d be happy to show you, or check our featured listings and MLS listings to help you in your search.