When prospective home buyers are searching for their next home to purchase, one of the determining factors is where the house and neighborhood are located. Finding the right location is imperative when searching for the ideal place to settle down, raise a family, and build community. At Rockhaven Homes, we understand how crucial this step is in the home-buying process. That’s why we build homes in vibrant, safe, and welcoming communities so you can feel at ease and happy with where you live.
Home renovations have been a priority since the first humans wandered into caves. Although we’ve evolved from deciding which rock makes the best dining seat to more complex design upgrades – like adding additional lighting, switching from carpet to hardwood flooring, and choosing new paint colors – homeowners still prioritize making renovations to improve their quality of life and raise the value of their homes. The condition and price of any home can change depending on the circumstances, but one thing that stays consistent is the home’s location.
When you start hunting for a new home you may be tempted to focus on what the home and community are like currently. Rather than reflecting on if you can live with a rickety fence for a few years or feel safe enough to walk your dog at dusk, consider buying in a neighborhood that you can see the future of. The cost and safety rating of your home can change if the neighborhood is on the verge of becoming a major hub or luxury location. A great location can change an entire community seemingly overnight from a sleepy rural town to a bustling metropolis.
Home buyers should also understand that an amazing location close to popular amenities, restaurants, and top-rated schools creates desirability in the housing market. Desirability creates demand, and demand raises home prices. Do your research, and remember that most of the best neighborhoods will be more expensive investments.
One of the safest ways to invest in a new home is to invest in the school district. Do you know if there are plans to develop new schools in that area? Are the schools that are there rated well? You can always do a deep dive into a school district by looking at its website and even attending a school board meeting to learn more about the challenges the district may be facing and any upcoming projects, promotions, and improvements they are focusing on in the years ahead. If you don’t plan on having children of your own, this step still shouldn’t be skipped because it may be important for future homebuyers to consider if you ever decide to sell your home.
Easy commutes to work and school are at the top of many homebuyers’ lists. Whether it’s driving a car, biking, public transportation, or walking, commute time is an important factor when choosing a location for a new home. Think about what you want your daily life to look like. Is living 20 minutes away from the nearest park the best home to buy if you have a dog who needs to be walked every day? Also, consider the resale value if you live in a walkable area or a community close to the nearest train station or bus stop.
Proximity to local amenities has a direct impact on home prices. Most buyers want to live within 5-10 minutes of their favorite grocery stores and shopping centers. Also, living near good restaurants and entertainment options is important for those who like to enjoy their time away from home. If the location of the home you’re buying is within a few miles of most of these popular locations, it will help raise your property value and entice future buyers who want to invest in your community.
Rockhaven Homes builds communities across the state of Georgia in a variety of areas. Two of our neighborhoods – South Point in McDonough and Stonegate in East Point – are built in cities that are bustling with new home builders and buyers seeking to invest in land across the area.
Our suburban communities – Autumn Brook in Austell, Alcovy Village in Lawrenceville, Cambridge at Towne Center in Hoschton, and Crestview Manor in Stonecrest are perfect for homebuyers seeking to live in vibrant, safe neighborhoods of likeminded individuals, but still within direct access to the city.
Rural communities like McEver Mill in Oakwood, and Rivershire Place in Villa Ricca, are ideal for small-town dwellers who love the idea of a quiet lifestyle at a leisurely pace and enjoy a close-knit community.
In the city, Broadlands, Cascade Ridge at Niskey Lake, Reserve at South River Gardens, Tell River, and Thomasville Estates in Atlanta, and Sandtown Falls in South Fulton are great places for those who want to live in close proximity to the hustle and bustle of a major city while still investing in a family home they can continue loving for years to come.
When you’re ready to find your dream home, remember to consider location as one of the most important details of your choice. Your family, future homebuyers, and pockets will surely thank you. Contact one of our agents today to find more information about available homes in the perfect location for you!