Before you choose a home, choose a neighborhood

Buyers usually have a vision of the home they’re looking for….maybe it’s gorgeous period woodwork and built-ins, or a clean-lined mid-century modern vibe, or that magazine-spread kitchen with acres of granite countertops and a 6-burner range. But whether you’re a first-time buyer or ready to down-size, the most important criteria for beginning the search is identifying the right place to land. Because the truth is, style can be created and amenities added, but location is location is location.

What to consider

Proximity to the places you go most often – work, school, family and friends – is key for most people. After all, a shorter commute means more time doing what you love. However, if what you love is wide open spaces and perhaps a spot to board your horse, then it may be worth the drive to the exurbs. Other considerations might include property taxes, which can make a particular size of home affordable (or not), or access to amenities like public transportation.

Great neighborhoods abound

Linden Hills and Northeast in Minneapolis, and St. Paul’s Mac-Groveland are perennially popular, but there are many other Twin Cities neighborhoods that merit consideration. In fact, there are more than 100 distinct neighborhoods in just Minneapolis and St. Paul, and that doesn’t even count the surrounding suburbs. Identify those that align with your priorities, and go exploring. You’ll find that every neighborhood has its share of fascinating coffee shops, restaurants, parks, cultural attractions, topography and history.

Make your move

Once you know where you want to be, it’s time to find that home with the woodwork, the period detail, the amazing kitchen. The right home is out there, and I can’t wait to help you make it your own!

 

Photo courtesy of Visit Saint Paul

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