Monday, August 29, 2016 / by Teresa Dipeso
Parks: Who doesn't want a nice, green space where they can take their kids, or enjoy some peace and quiet by themselves after a long day at work? One thing to consider is how many people you see in the park. If it doesn't seem to get much use, you may not want to use it, either. A place to relax is crucial.
Dog Parks: This only counts if you're dog owner, of course, but there is a pretty significant chance that you are or will be. So, with that said, having a place where your pup can socialize with other dogs (which is extremely important for them) and get out some of that energy is a must have. Check and see if you will need to register your dog with the city before using the park. Also, dog parks are great places to meet people!
Grocery Stores: We all know what it's like. You've gone through the process of making a big meal and suddenly you realize the crucial ingredient is not in your pantry. Having to drive 5 minutes versus 20 will make a big difference. Also, does the store carry the brands you like to buy?
Local Restaurants: Even if you can't afford to eat out 3 times a week, when you do want to splurge, having a variety of quality choices can feel quite nice. Hamburgers are great, but what about spicing things up a little? If you're going to live in the neighborhood for years, you'll want options.
Mature Trees and Nature: Some people don't mind living in urban settings where there are more taxis than trees. If you're not one of these people, keep an eye out for large, mature trees and other landscaping. Trees will provide much desired relief in the summer months, as well a peaceful setting.
Coffee Shop: Americans are passionate about their coffee, I know I am. While convenience store coffee is, well, convenient, having quality choices also will make those lazy Saturday mornings just a little more special. Also, a higher-end coffee store will indicate higher-end home prices: think resale value!