It easy to get wrapped up in your real estate wish list, which usually contains a very specific set of ‘wants’ for the actual property and a more general list of desires for the neighbourhood. Oftentimes people forget to expand their scope or envision their future needs, which is why you should pull out a map of your city and get comfortable.
Although your neighbourhood may have a conveniently placed jungle gym and some walking trails, its important that you consider amenities beyond your neighbourhood too. As you grow, which may include additions to your family in the form of a spouse, child or pet, you may discover that you don’t have everything you thought you did. Parks that consist of wide open green spaces and lots of trees are great for picnics, family outings and walking your pets. Dog-friendly parks with off-leash areas are particularly great. Although you may not have a pet now, you may in future and discovering that you have to cross the entire city to find a dog park is a real pain. It’s important that you view both your immediate needs and your potential future needs when purchasing a home you intend to stay in.
Consider where gyms and community centres are located in relation to your neighbourhood. It’s nice to be able to hit the gym before work without having to traverse a great distance or fight your way through morning rush hour. You are far more likely to do things like swim, join a class or take lessons at a facility when it is close by. Sometimes ambition isn’t always enough to get you out and active when you have to jump through a dozen hurdles first.