Neighborhood Factors To Look For When Searching For A New Home


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Choosing to purchase a new home for you and your family is a fun and exciting process. However, it is a process that often requires a lot of decision making. While the way your home will look and function are important factors to think about, you should first consider the area, location, or neighborhood that your new home will be in. The character and amenities that neighborhoods offer are often just as important to the property value as the house itself.

While a ‘good neighborhood’ can mean different things to different people and families, there are some characteristics you can keep an eye out for that make up a great living area. If you are on the hunt for a new home, be sure to look out for the following neighborhood/community factors.


For families that have children, are expecting a child, or plan on having children in the future, the local school district is generally an important thing to consider when buying a home. Even for families without children, the quality of the school district that your new home is built within can directly impact its resale value. 

Word of mouth referrals can be helpful in determining what type of experience other families have had with a school, but if you will be new to the area or do not yet have school-aged children, you can always check out the local school’s website to learn more information about the school that may come in handy later. If you are taking a home tour, why not take a tour of the school itself. Contact the school administrator to see if you can arrange a tour.

Also, you’ll want to find out how easy it is for kids to get to the school. Can they safely walk, or bike? Is there a bus stop in the community? 

Local Businesses and Shopping

When searching for a new home location, many home buyers will see what is accessible in the area they are interested in, such as restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, and entertainment. While you do not necessarily need to be looking for neighborhoods and communities that have these amenities only a few steps away, it may be worthwhile to check and see what’s accessible in a short driving distance. Do some research online or drive around the area you are interested in to find out what type of restaurants, stores, and entertainment options are nearby.

Future Development

Whether you are planning to stay in your new home built for three or 30 years, don’t overlook the importance of future development in the neighborhood you are interested in moving to. Why is future development an important feature to consider? To start, it is important to know what the future of the community you are interested in looks like. It may not only impact the resale of a home, but it may also have an impact on a family or a soon-to-be family. Typically, you can visit the local planning office to see what may be in store for an upcoming development. Or simply ask the builder or real estate agent you are working with for more on the overall community plan.

Traffic and Commute

If you will be commuting to work every day, time and distance matters. And as most commuters know, these two factors are not, always equal. When looking at potential neighborhoods for your new home build, think about how long the commute to and from work will be. Do not forget to add additional time for traffic when calculating your commute time — building in a prime location with lots of amenities often means increased traffic. When exploring potential neighborhoods for your new home, take some time to drive around the area when you would normally be driving to or from work to get an idea of what your commute will be like.

Recreational Activities

No matter what stage of life you are in, you should make sure that the surrounding recreational activities are a good fit for your lifestyle. Maybe you enjoy bike rides and want a neighborhood with nearby bike paths. Maybe you are looking for areas with nearby parks for the kids to play in. Or maybe you just want something as simple as paved sidewalks or walking paths to go for a light jog or to take the dog for a walk. Whatever your recreational interests, look for a neighborhood or community that supports them. 

There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to choosing the right neighborhood for your new home. Ensuring the location of your new home is right will increase the quality of your day-to-day life and enjoyment of your home for years to come. 

Want To Move Into A Great Neighborhood? Build A New Home In Annafeld

If you want to build a new home in Billings, MT that is in a great neighborhood, you cannot go wrong with choosing Annafeld, a McCall Homes community and one of the newest neighborhoods in the area. In addition to offering new homes in a variety of designs, sizes, and styles, the Annafeld community has many of the factors home buyers look for most in the neighbors they move in to. The Annafeld neighborhood is unique in that it is close to popular destinations in Billings, but still off the beaten path. All it takes is a 10-minute drive to get downtown and a five-minute walk to reach one of the area’s best K-8 schools. In addition to these perks, Annafeld also offers its community:

  • Walking and biking trails
  • Natural outdoor spaces
  • Community amenities
  • Resident-supported businesses
  • Tons of future development planned 
  • Kid and dog-friendly environment

If you have been looking for new homes for sale in Billings, Montana, start your search at Annafeld. To learn more information about our homes and available floor plans, contact the team at McCall Homes or schedule a tour online

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