March 12, 2019 at 9:35am | Allison Ables
In Alachua County, there is an incredibly diverse array of places to live. One of the most overlooked aspects when house hunting is looking beyond the actual house you want to make sure it is in the neighborhood you need. As important as your future home is, isn’t it equally vital that the home is located in a place you want to live?

You can’t pick your neighbors, but you can pick your neighborhood, which can make all the difference in the world.

Schools and Amenities
Some people like country life, others prefer the city. Regardless, before you settle down, you should see what the area has to offer. What are the local businesses like? How convenient will it be to get to work or school on a regular basis? Is their public transportation nearby? What about a hospital or health care clinic, or a pharmacy?

Try and consider all the regular events in your day to day life, and make sure this place will work to enhance that life.
Also see what schools you are zoned for, or what schools are located nearby. Even if you don’t have children, proximity to schools can impact your property values.

Is There an HOA?
Chances are that you have an opinion about homeowner’s associations (HOA's) and condominium associations one way or the other. Some people like the perceived security and aesthetic appeal an association can bring to a neighborhood. Other people feel that an association is another layer of government and want nothing to do with them.

Personal feelings aside, it is important to understand the rules and regulations of ANY neighborhood association before deciding to move in.

Take a Tour… Several Times!
Asking the locals about their neighborhood may or may not give you a legitimate feel for the place. Since everyone has their own opinion, simply asking around may not tell you if the neighborhood is right you.
Instead, visit the area repeatedly, at different times and on different days. This will give you a better sense of what the neighborhood is really like, and if it is the best fit for you or your family.

Small Town Life
Maybe the neighborhood you are looking for isn’t a neighborhood at all. Alachua County has many small towns and outlying areas with magnificent homes waiting to be filled.

Let Us Guide You
With so many different and unique neighborhoods, it can be tricky to decide where to even start looking. Let Allison Ables with Watson Realty Corp help you simplify the search. No one knows Gainesville and Alachua County real estate better than our team! Call me directly at 352-745-3969.
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