Wednesday, September 22, 2021 / by Brian Armstrong
Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Vermont Neighborhood
The Vermont real estate market is tight these days, meaning there is a shortage of homes for sale which has made buying a home a bit more challenging. While inventory is low there is still ample opportunity for you to find your dream home, but you need to take a deep dive into your goals and aspirations. When it comes to searching for your new homes there are a few major factors at play: price, aesthetic, and you guessed it – neighborhoods! These top 5 tips will help you begin your neighborhood selection as you look for homes in Vermont.
Start Your Search Open-Minded
You may start your search with ideas of where you want to live, but don’t count out the places that don’t strike your immediately. Your search for the perfect neighborhood may end with you in a town you would have never even thought of. A home search is a process of finding a home that matches each one of your checklist items from budget to location. However, as you explore you may find not every “want” has the same weight. For example, your dream home is located in a town that does not have a gym however, the neighboring town has one only 8 minutes away. Do you pass up the opportunity and hope to find the perfect match? Keep your options open and your agent will help match you with the perfect home in your area!
Choose Your Lifestyle
Choosing a home in an area that matches your way of living is extremely important in your neighborhood search! While Vermont is not a large state, it is home to many unique areas that each offer its own lifestyle. If you crave “city living” the Greater Burlington area is perfect for you! If you’re looking for a more rural and quainter lifestyle, you may flock towards Fairfax or Northfield. Additionally, you should factor in the cost of living in these areas as they can change drastically in countryside locations. After you have selected a town that offers you the lifestyle and affordability you want, you can take a deeper dive into the local neighborhoods within that town that work for you.
Find Local Amenities
Choosing a great neighborhood will depend on the types of amenities that are important to you. The most common amenities people look for when looking at various neighborhoods are grocery stores, shops, entertainment, and restaurants. Additionally, Vermont is full of activities for all seasons, so you may think about your proximity to nature trails, the mountains, or other outdoor sports interests. Sometimes you may need to sacrifice some of these to hit your other goals, but your lifestyle choice will help you navigate what you deem most valuable to you!
Determine Your Commute
Another key element to choosing a neighborhood that is perfect for you is understanding your daily commute. Luckily in the majority of Vermont, traffic does not get nearly as bad as in other metropolis areas, so a rush-hour commute isn’t commonly a major issue. However, with gas prices back over $3/gallon it is important to factor how far you travel daily into your decision-making process. If you chose a town that’s 10 miles further from work, you’re not only going to pay more for gas but more wear and tear on your car. If you don’t own a vehicle, you may want to select an area that has close access to public transportation.
Scope Out Education Systems
If you have children or plan to in the future, education should be a major part of what neighborhood you choose to live in. You will want to take a good look into the local public-school systems to make sure you can provide a solid foundation for your kids. Some areas offer regional schools which can add more commute time for you and or your children. You will also want to look ahead to see where and how they will progress from elementary to middle and high school to save you from a headache later!
If you would like to see what homes in your search are a match for you, give us a call at 802-735-2167