What Makes a Neighborhood Great?
Saskatoon Neighborhood Homes! When you are in the market for a new place to live, it helps to remember the golden rule of real estate: You’re not just buying a home — you are also buying into and becoming a part of a neighborhood.
As anyone who’s moved a few times knows, not all neighborhoods are created equal. There is no such thing as the perfect neighborhood, because not all areas are going to be truly a perfect fit for everyone and their unique needs.
Although a cookie-cutter neighborhood isn’t a reality, there are components common to ALL great neighborhoods. As you evaluate the best aspects of a prospective neighborhood, you’ll want to match them to your needs at this point in your life.
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A truly great neighborhood is one in sync with your current lifestyle. Both renters and homebuyers tend to gravitate to areas with similar demographics. Just as a fantastic suburban neighborhood in a gated community may not be right for a young single professional, a family with three small children would likely be miserable living in a small condo in a hip downtown neighborhood.
Pride in ownership
All great neighborhoods have this in common. Pride in ownership is obvious when the residents, whether renters or owners, maintain their homes and care about their neighborhood. Neighbors participate to connect and create local groups that bring the residents together for the betterment of the area.
Low crime rates give a neighborhood a sense of ease and calm. As safety and security are everyone’s concern, crime is a quick way to tell if a neighborhood is improving or not. You can usually spot a transitional and improving neighborhood by the improvement or decline in its crime rates.
An easy way to check this is to utilize Saskatoon Police Crime Maps, where you can see the types and frequency of crime in the area and determine if it’s the right place for you.
Good places promote sociability
These are the spots where you run into people you know, where you take friends and family when you want to show them the neighborhood. These places become the heart and soul of the neighborhood because they offer people many different reasons to go there.
Stepping back in time
One thing I always look for in a neighborhood are tree-lined streets; the feel of an older, established neighborhood makes it truly great for me. There is something about an area with history that makes it very desirable.
New developments are wonderful and newly built homes are truly to die for, but I love the charm of older, established Saskatoon neighborhoods. These are usually very stable, with long-time residents and community support, which also help encourage safety and low crime rates.
Access to medical care
This is important for all residents, but especially for seniors and retirees looking to find that perfect place to retire and for families with young children. Being close enough to get to a hospital or doctor’s office quickly is key for many people in various stages of their lives.
Lots of other families in a Saskatoon neighborhood are a real draw for buyers with children. There are more opportunities for children to play, socialize, and make lifelong friends. Carpooling groups and other children's programs are much more accessible when the neighborhood is overflowing with kids.
For homeowners with children, great schools top their list of what makes a great neighborhood. Not only are great schools important for families with children, they also make the surrounding neighborhoods more valuable and more sought after, keeping property values strong.
Good places have lots of things to do
The places people love most are the ones where they can pursue a variety of activities. Without opportunities to do something more than sit and look around, the experience you have in that place is “thin” — there is nothing to keep you there for any length of time.
Outdoor activities abound
Being close to the outdoor adventures you love can sweeten the appeal of your neighborhood. Being super close (or within a reasonable drive) to places to jog, sail, or pedal can keep you riding high about your home. Proximity and access to tennis courts and golf courses are also qualities that keep your neighborhood on par.
Good places are comfortable and attractive
They beckon you to come visit. Flowers, comfortable benches with a nice view, and attractive lighting all make you feel this is a place you want to visit often. In contrast, a place that lacks these kind of amenities often feels unwelcoming and a bit threatening. It may actually be unsafe or just feel unsafe, but either way no one wants to be there.
Good places are accessible
These places are clearly identifiable from a distance, easy to enter when you get closer, and it is simple to understand how you use them. A space that is not accessible will be end up empty, forlorn and often dilapidated.
Close to public transportation
Easy access to Saskatoon public transportation is a fantastic plus for a neighborhood and an amenity for almost any lifestyle. From a commuting millennial to a retiree who wants to keep the car at home, public transit is a solid upgrade to any neighborhood.
Nearby shopping and restaurants
If you want to be part of the hustle and bustle (and don’t want to cook dinner every night), having great restaurants, shopping, and markets in proximity is a must!
Is there a nearby centre or downtown with movies, theaters, bars, and nightlife? This could be the one thing that makes your neighborhood come alive. This is a priority for anyone who is young and single, but everyone appreciates a neighborhood where the hot spots are within walking distance, or a short cab ride away.
Being able to leave the car keys at home and hit the pavement to walk to markets, shopping, restaurants, parks, and all the other amenities your neighborhood has to offer can alleviate a lot of road rage … and make you fall even deeper in love with your neighborhood.
Good places capitalize on the Power of 10
Think of the 10 most important places in your neighborhood. It could be the main shopping street, a park, playground, an interesting shop, a library, coffee shop etc. Zoom in and think about one of these places and try to write down ten fun or useful things you can do there. For example at the coffee shop you can catch up on the community gossip, scan a bulletin board full of local happenings or new Saskatoon neighborhood MLS listings and sit outside on a bench and sip your coffee.
That makes it easy to chat with neighbors or just people watch. If there is a coffee shop or vending cart nearby, you can even get a drink and sit and enjoy the passing scene. The Power of 10 is the simple but important idea that the more things there are to do in a place, the more beloved and central that place will become in your neighborhood.
Great places are inspired by the people who live there!