How To Find the Right Neighbourhood for Your Family

Dec 16, 2015

Choosing the right neighbourhood that suits your family’s needs is just as important as finding the right home. Luxurious features in your home can lose their value if you’re not able to enjoy the neighbourhood that you live in. The home-buying process can be hectic at times, and it’s easy to forget to carefully consider the neighbourhood you are moving into. If you have a family or are looking to start a family, considering the area in which you decide to move into is crucial. Here are some tips on how to find the perfect neighbourhood:



Researching areas that will suit your family’s needs before the home buying process will help save you time when it comes time to start looking at potential homes. Before researching specific neighbourhoods, it’s important to determine exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some things to consider:
– Do you want to be close to work?
– What characteristics does your dream neighbourhood have?
– Do you want to be close to highways or major roads?
– Suburbs or city?
– Is outdoor space important to you and your family?
– What don’t you want in a neighbourhood?

Once you’ve established what you would like out of a neighbourhood, here are some factors to research and investigate:

Distance to Schools

If you have children, the proximity of schools to your home is important and something you should consider. This will put you at ease, especially if you won’t be picking up your children from school. Additionally, neighbourhoods with schools tend to be safer and more aware of children crossing streets and playing around.

Access to Shopping

This may not seem that important just yet, but if you have to go a long distance to grab groceries or necessities, it can get aggravating. Establish how far you’re willing to commute to stores and malls, and consider moving to neighbourhoods that will meet those needs.


Ask yourself if you would feel safe with your children being outside in the neighbourhood with friends. If the answer is a definite no, then that area may not be for you and your family. The only way to really indicate if the neighbourhood is safe is to speak to your neighbours and get to know the history of the neighbourhood. Your real estate agent can also provide you with insight on the safety of the area, but remember that they are trying to make a sale and may not always be honest. You could also speak to workers at the grocery store or even the barista at the local coffee shop to get more information.
Noise Pollution
Stop and listen for a few minutes. What do you hear? If your home is close to the airport, bars and clubs, hospitals, or highways, you should expect a significant amount of noise. Is that something you will be able to cope with, especially during the night when you and your children are trying to sleep? Something to definitely consider!
What Do You Not Like About Your Current Neighbourhood?
Still not sure what the right neighbourhood would be for you and your family? The simplest way to determine what you would like out of your new neighbourhood is to ask yourself what you dislike about your current neighbourhood.

Dunpar Homes

If you’re looking for the perfect neighbourhood for you and your family, you have come to the right place! We want our customers to be able to live life to the fullest, and that’s why our developments are perfectly situated in areas that are close to the most important amenities. Dunpar Homes has landed in Oakville with its exclusive community of 112 townhomes located at Trafalgar Road and Dundas Street West, and will meet all the items on your dream neighbourhood wish list! Trafalgar Ridge residents will be able to enjoy outdoor space, convenient shopping, and great schools. Homes are functional, spacious, and range from 1,940 to 2,600 square feet, featuring 3 bedrooms, a den, 2 car garage, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances. Trafalgar Ridge will be a beautiful and monumental community for many years to come. View floor plans and register today for summer 2016 move in! Do you have more questions about the neighbourhood and surrounding area? Feel free to contact us!

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