Are you a parent buying a home in Boston?
Home shoppers without children usually have a different set of concerns when home shopping than parents do. Instead of concentrating only on square footage, features, and nearby shopping and entertainment, parents are usually more concerned about their children’s safety and well being.
Are there parks nearby?
Do other families with children of similar age to their own live nearby?
Are there daycare centers nearby?
It’s amazing what you notice once you’re a parent that otherwise may have been off your radar. Sidewalks, curb cuts for strollers and wheelchairs, parks and green space, and ambient noise will suddenly come front-and-center on your list of neighborhood concerns.
If you’re a parent looking for a new home, read on to discover the 6 things parents should consider before buying a home in Boston.
1. Placement of Bedrooms
Many parents just want a home to have enough bedrooms for them and their children. But bedroom placement should also be an important consideration for parents buying a home in Boston.
Where the kids’ bedrooms are is just as important as the fact that they are. You wouldn’t want to have the master bedroom on the first floor and the nursery on the second floor. That would mean endless trips up and down the stairs – many of them in the middle of the night when you’re barely awake.
The best bedroom layout involves having the kids’ bedrooms close (or at least fairly close) to yours. Kids get scared, sick, or just remain restless at night, so you want their bedrooms within earshot of yours. Your local real estate agent can help you search for homes with the best bedroom placement. To discover more, just call (617) 657-9811.
2. Line of Sight to the Backyard
Another important consideration for parents buying a home in Boston should be a clear line of sight to the backyard. When the kids are outside, you’ll want to be able to easily keep an eye on them from all the most used areas in the house – unless, of course, you want to have to go outside with them every time.
Before buying a home in Boston, then, make sure you can see the kids in the backyard from all those rooms and areas in the house where you’ll spend the most time. Can you view the backyard from the kitchen window? Do you have an unobstructed view of the backyard from your home office? Is there a slider from the living room onto the deck that leads out to the yard?
3. Existence of Sidewalks
You don’t want your kids playing too close to or running into the street. Good sidewalks can help prevent these occurrences, even with busy streets.
Sidewalks offer a sort of safety buffer between your yard and the street, a kind of boundary that helps keep kids out of danger. In addition, sidewalks provide the opportunity for families to take walks and outings in the neighborhood. And the more that you walk around the neighborhood on sidewalks, the more you will notice such previously-missed nuances like uneven ground, seams between the poured concrete sections, and the existence (or absence) of curb cuts.
4. Size and Cost
Operating on the assumption that their family will grow, parents often choose a home that is too big (and too expensive) for their current circumstances.
For parents buying a home in Boston, you never know what your family might look like in the future, so buying something smaller, building equity, and then moving when you know more about what you may need could be a better suit for most people. Some new parents will move from the city to a giant house in the suburbs the second they become pregnant. Others will work their way from the city to a starter home and then to a larger one as their families continue growing.
5. Quality of Schools
And, of course, there are the schools – always a primary consideration for parents. Good schools are not only good for your kids, but also for the value of your property.
If you plan to send your children to public school, then you’ll want to do your research on local school districts. And the difference in the quality of the school district can be dramatic, even between neighboring towns and cities.
While school ratings are one factor to consider, don’t let the school’s ranking alone be the deciding factor. Take time to visit the area schools in person.
What is your impression of the administration, facility and student-to-teacher ratio?
What extracurricular activities are offered?
What do other parents in the neighborhood have to say about the school?
Sometimes getting into your preferred school district may mean moving to a home in a different neighborhood than your first pick.
6. Parks, Playgrounds, and Low Crime Rates
Your children also need somewhere to run around and play in safety. So be sure to check for nearby parks and playgrounds when looking into buying a home in Boston.
Parks provide a place for neighbors to get to know each other and children to socialize, play, and burn off energy. Even if it’s small, a neighborhood park with a play structure is a definite plus when you’re shopping for your next neighborhood. And some towns have excellent parks and recreation departments, with brand-new facilities, open fields, and play structures.
Every neighborhood has something different to offer, so be sure to check out the options when you’re scoping out a potential spot for your new home. Take some time to drive around in the hours after school when children will be at the playground and on the ballfields, allowing you to get a taste for after-school recreation.
Your kids won’t be able to enjoy those parks and playgrounds if crime rates in the area aren’t low. You can use online tools such as CrimeMapping.com or CommunityCrimeMap.com to check out local crime rates. Even better, check with your agent and local police departments.
Get Our Input at NextHome Titletown Real Estate
Parents buying a home in Boston have a different set of priorities and considerations than other home buyers. If you’re a parent, don’t jeopardize your children’s future. Let our agents at NextHome Titletown Real Estate help you find the right Boston home. Send us a message or give us a call today at (617) 657-9811!
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