Most of us know where we want to live - some like the vibrancy of inner-city lifestyles while others look for the village atmosphere of suburban life. No matter which you prefer, here are a few common necessities we all look for when seeking our next home.
Proximity to work
When full-time work can take between 8-9 hours of the day, it makes sense that many of us strive to live close to work. If you work in the city, you may consider looking for an apartment or townhome in the inner-suburbs - putting you within 5-6km of the CBD. If this isn’t viable, consider an apartment that places you no further than 20-30 minutes from your work - so you can spend less time commuting.
As we become increasingly aware of our impact on the environment, we’re reducing our reliance on cars in favour of public transport. If you have ever inspected a rental, you will have certainly noticed more people attend inspections where the home is located within a 10-15 minute walk of a train station, tram stop or bus route.
Consider the same when looking to buy an apartment or townhome. A well connected public transport system not only supports the environment but also offers increased connectivity and an easier lifestyle. Alternatively, if you ride a bike as your main mode of transport, look out for developments near bike paths. If you have a car sharing account, ensure there’s a parking pod nearby.
Green spaces and amenities
Walk around your potential new neighbourhood and time how far your new home is from the closest supermarket or medical clinic. If you need a coffee before work, make sure there is a cafe nearby to make your morning ritual easier.
Green infrastructure is often the difference between a good suburb and a great suburb. While most new developments offer integrated green spaces, planned green infrastructure within the surrounding environment can work to bring together the neighbourhood and foster a sense of community.
School catchment zones
Whether you already have a growing family or are thinking about starting one, you will want to be located in a good education catchment zone. In Melbourne, the south-eastern corridor is well known for its array of prestigious schools while in Sydney this is in the north-west.
Sure, preferences change with lifestyle and age, but the above are a few basics you may want to consider when looking to buy a new apartment or townhome.