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If you moved from somewhere else, how did you choose your neighborhood?

Asked by wundayatta (58599points) April 6th, 2010

I would like to know what your needs were (schools, space, house size, whatever), and then how you pulled that together to select a neighborhood (or neighborhoods) to look in. Then what kinds of neighborhoods did you look in?

Were the politics of your neighbors a concern? Were the hobbies of your neighbors something you cared about? Did you want to live with people like yourself, or did you not care about who your neighbors were—you just wanted the right house in the area you chose?

There are many neighborhoods I probably wouldn’t want to set foot in, much less live in. Safety, of course, is a concern. But I’m not into living in areas with lots of loud barking dogs chained in pens, or lots of dead cars up on cement blocks, or where a lot of students are partying all the time.

I won’t live on a corner, because the noise of the traffic is too loud. I want people who share my politics and attitudes about life, so I’ll feel comfortable with them. I want a friendly community, etc, etc.

What are your criteria? How much do you even thing about that? How hard did you look for what you wanted? Did you have to settle for a lot less?

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16 Answers

CaptainHarley's avatar

SHE lived here! : D

susanc's avatar

The landscape reached out and took me to its bosom and never let me go.

evandad's avatar

I moved where my children are

evandad's avatar

@thriftymaid – Hi TM

thriftymaid's avatar

Last time I moved my priorities were schools and safety.

thriftymaid's avatar

@evandad Hello ED, you caught me.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Too many neighbors where I used to live. Where I live now I can open the window and shoot supper (in season) without bothering the neighbors.

casheroo's avatar

My number one priority is a good school district. I look up ratings at, and then I just scope it out. I prefer having decent parking, but have lived in places where it was a free for all one way street. What a nightmare when it snows!
I’m not picky. Neither is my husband, so as long as we have enough storage we’d be happy.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I’ve always believed that if a man can’t pee off his own front porch, the neighbors live too close! : D

john65pennington's avatar

Wife and i have lived in the same house for 40 years. when we first married, we lived in two duplexes and a first house. the first house was mainly purchased for resale for something better. one day, in 1969, we set sail to look for our really first home. we knew what we wanted and were determined to find it and we did. this was the third house we looked at. as we drove down the street, my wife said, “surely, this is not the house, its gorgeous”. it was love at first site for both of us. the elementary school was one street over and the neighborhood was first class. just to be sure, i went the central records division of my police department, to see how many police calls had been dispatched to this street. NONE. only one elderly man had died and that was it. the next morning, we could not get to our bank fast enough. this house was it. you have to remember we are talking about 1969, when houses were dirt cheap. how cheap was this house? $16,500. you read it right. today, our house is paid for and worth $205,000.00. big difference! we had thought of selling our house and moving to Jamica for the rest of our lives. we could buy a nice condo and soak up some rays of the sun. still pondering this idea. we found our dream home and i guess it shows concerning the longevity of my family. three generations of family have been born at our home.

I think we will keep it.

YARNLADY's avatar

Close to public transportation, walking distance to shopping, a good school district (even though I was home schooling, the re-sale value is important), established neighborhood, low crime rate.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

After a separation in which I gave my pre-ex-wife a paid-for house and car, sold another house for less than I paid for it, and moved across country… “affordability” was paramount. That, plus it’s a five-mile commute to work. (Less in a couple of weeks, when we move the office to a new location.)

jazmina88's avatar

my neighborhood is awesome. everyone is friendly. I had a special feeling when i walked in the house. It ended up one of my childhood friends lived here.
It is close to family that lived 5 minutes away until they died, so I was close.
Cheapest house in the neighborhood. on the corner…..not noisy at all…

JeffVader's avatar

Bsically I asked myself 2 questions…..
1. Do I like the look of the place.
2. Can I afford it.

deni's avatar

there are really no bad places in boulder to live, but i completely avoided The Hill when looking for housing. It’s the area right beside the college and it is totally not my thing. The type of people that go to CU are not my type of people, lets say. So my only requirements were that i could afford it and that i could bike to anywhere from it, which also isn’t hard here. I ended up finding, at last minute and via craigslist, the perfect location for the perfect amount. 3 blocks from downtown? cheaper and nicer than anything else? I love CL.

OpryLeigh's avatar

It was the cheapest rent (for lovely accomodation – better than so many of the more expensive places I have seen) and a nice enough area. I wasn’t bothered by the neighbours, we say hello but other than that, do not have much to do with each other. What they get up to in their spare time is of no concern to me. I was lucky that I didn’t have to look very hard for this place because it was a recommendation from a previous lodger. I’m very happy where I live and the only negative is that it is quite far away from where I work so I spend a little more in fuel.

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