Your priorities change with Kids
It may seem like an understatement, but life completely changes when you have kids. They’re so tiny, yet so powerful that they impact our lives more than anything that came before. This house will provide a life time of memories for the family.
When parents look at homes, the first priority is for the kids and what their needs are for both the house and the schools.
When we first meet with a family today, we identify the ages of the kids. As a team of real estate professionals, we take a look at what constitutes a “kid-friendly” neighborhood that will be a good fit for the family.
Why a House on a Cul-de-Sac is a good thing
Parents’ concerns about their child’s safety are reflected in the popularity of the cul-de-sac.
“From the beginning, builders noted that . . . they prevented strange cars from speeding by on their way to somewhere else. Ads for cul-de-sacs often pictured children riding bikes and tricycles in the street,” claims NPR’s John Nielsen.
If you are looking at buying a new house, many of the new home builders charge a premium for a cul-de-sac lot. These cul-de-sac lots are typically larger lots and builders know these lots are in demand for a house with a bigger backyard for the kids.
Rather than a home on a cul-de-sac, consider a home on a street located away from a major thoroughfare and one that lacks an exit that allows drivers to use the area as a shortcut. Cars tend to pick up speed when they are in a hurry or late for an activity. Young kids may not be as alert when walking out onto the street for cars.
But safety from vehicles isn’t the only concern when we have kids; there are human predators to consider as well. We aren’t allowed to address that concern directly, but we can point you to the local police station for crime rates.
And, the FBI’s Sex Offender Registry is online, so you can learn if there is a dangerous predator living in a neighborhood you have your eye on. The U.S. Department of Justice also offers an online database. You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your family.
Is this a “Kid-Friendly” community?
Real Estate agents have to be very careful when there are discussions about kids in the neighborhood. You can’t call the new home on-site sales agent and ask about the ages of the kids in the community.
A real estate professional does have the opportunity to take the family through the neighborhood to get a feel for the community. Most swim/tennis communities in North Atlanta have playgrounds.
Sure, they can socialize and play at school, but, let’s face it, a neighborhood without other kids to play with just isn’t kid-friendly.
The best time to tour a neighborhood is on weekends or just when school lets out on a weekday.
Does the community have Swim/Tennis Amenities?
A house located in a community with Swim/Tennis amenities provides an excellent place to see their friends outside of the house.
If the house is not located in a community with Swim/Tennis amenities, does the city have a public swimming pool and tennis facilities?
You can also research the area’s parks. A house with parks close-by are handy places for socializing, whether it’s parent-on-parent or kid-on-kid. Barbecues, birthday parties and other get-togethers at the local park are signs of a kid-friendly neighborhood.
Life Long Friends
Kids in an environment where they can see their friends not only during the school year, but at the community where they live provides the families of all their friends to see one another year-round. It’s not uncommon for the families of the kids to enjoy a vacation together.
The benefit of living in North Atlanta is having many options for family vacations at the beach or up to the N. Georgia mountains. Renting a vacation house with groups of families is a fun way to enjoy the summers and build life long memories for the kids and the friends they share these memories with.
The team at Atlanta Home Listings has a passion for working with families with kids. We have a long-term commitment to the families who buy a house. This is a purchase that has special memories.
The boy in the photo below just moved into his first home with his parents. His Dad is his baseball coach, and he’ll be spending many hours in the yard teaching his son the art of the baseball swing.
Give our team a call when you’re looking for your next house. Our team can be reached at (678) 462-1191. We’ll appreciate the opportunity.