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Location is Everything

October 4, 2021

Location is Everything

Finding the dream house for you and your family is only part of the home buying process — you also need to decide on the right community. You want to make sure that it's safe, close to work, and, if you have children, near great schools, parks, and community centers. These are just some of the things to think about as you search for a new home.

It is helpful to start with a list of your top priorities when finding the right home for you and your family. Using this as a checklist to compare properties to see how they hold up is an excellent strategy for making sure you don't compromise on the things that really matter in the end. 

What do you absolutely need when it comes to the neighborhood you would like to live in, and what do you want? It is helpful to consider what you like and dislike about the area you currently reside in and take notes based on that. 

  1. Do you currently have children or plan to in the future? You may want to be in a good school district or near family who can help you take care of your children. 
  2. If the walkability of your community is important, look for neighborhoods in or near downtown areas with plenty of restaurants, bars, and clubs within walking distance. 
  3. Do you work in the office? Consider your daily commute to work if you are working in the office. It can even help to drive the commute at the same time you would if you were to move there to determine if the traffic will be an issue. 
  4. Do you live an active lifestyle? Look for communities with recreation centers, gyms, and walking, hiking, or biking trails.
  5. You may want to be near your church, synagogue, temple, or mosque, or other organizations you may already be a member of or would like to join. 

If it is important to have lots of activities, stores, and restaurants around you, look in areas that are already developed so you can enjoy them from the moment you move in. Or, if you prefer quiet country living, look for communities that are a little off the beaten path and offer the peaceful oasis you dream of. 

Safety is a huge priority when choosing a new area to move to. You can find out about crime in an area by searching the name of the city it resides in and "crime statistics." Because some places in the town may be safer or more dangerous than others, you can ask around, look up crime reports in local papers or online. You can also get this kind of information by using home-finding apps. 

Does it feel like home to you? Are there people enjoying the outdoors? Are residents taking care of their lawns and homes? Is the area quiet or loud? What is the age range of the residents? Younger, middle age, retirement age, or a mix? These are some of the things you should consider as you walk or drive through potential neighborhoods so you can get an idea of what it would be like to live there.

If you're looking to buy a Kindred home, there are communities in cities across the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio areas, so you are sure to find one that is an excellent fit for you and your family. Each Kindred community offers all kinds of amenities that may include access to pools, playgrounds, clubhouses, spas, dog parks, and trails.

Here are just a few of the places where Kindred builds homes.

For more details about specific neighborhoods within these areas and to browse communities, visit our website. 

New Braunfels, Texas: New Braunfels is a flourishing city with rolling landscapes and breathtaking views. With close proximity to both Austin and San Antonio, commuting to either city is a breeze through the stunning Texas Hill Country. Enjoy diverse local cuisine, have a night out listening to live music, or sip some locally made beer or wine at one of the many nearby wineries and breweries. Whether you are looking to retire or a new family looking for a place to plant some roots, there is plenty to do for the whole family year-round. 

San Antonio, Texas: Most famously known as the home of the Alamo, the essence of the region expands beyond its tourist roots. Living in San Antonio offers a community rich in Spanish and Old West heritage. Families can appreciate having year-round access to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Sea World San Antonio. Foodies can find almost every genre of cuisine, from the beloved Tex-Mex and barbecue fair to a wide range of fine dining experiences. 

Carrollton, Texas: Carrollton is centrally convenient to the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex's urban amenities and is located 15-20 minutes from both the Dallas Love Field and DFW International airports. With three DART light rail stations, Carrollton is well-positioned to become one of the four major transportation hubs in the DFW Metroplex. Experience Carrollton through award-winning sports complexes, libraries, hike and bike trails, nature preserves, or learn more about the rich historical past at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. In the summer, beat the heat at the expansive Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex or Thomas Splash Park, and in the fall, enjoy free concerts, rides, and games at the Festival at the Switchyard. Carrollton offers the best of big-city amenities with a small-town feel. 

Dallas, Texas: From the sports fans to the art lovers to the history buffs — there’s something for everyone in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. If you have a family, there are plenty of museums, a zoo, and an aquarium for the kids (and adults) to enjoy.