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How to choose the best area to live in 8 Octber 2012

14 Oct 2012

From crime rates to area amenities, there are many things that need to be considered. So begin by determining what’s most important to you as a home owner in the long term. Drawing up a list can be a good place to start and you can include the following factors as a starting point:

• Do you prefer a quiet suburb or a bustling central business district?
• Do you have the need for public transport?
• Do you commute to work? And if so, what distance are you prepared to travel every day?
• Do you need to be close to schools?
• Are you looking for an area with certain schools or places of worship?
• What amenities would you like to have close by (gyms, shopping malls, etc)?
• Is the area within preferred proximity to family members?
• What is the ideal view you are looking for (beach, ocean, mountain, etc)?


When deciding about a property purchase as a long term investment, the selection of your location plays an important role.

For future re-sale purposes it’s always better to buy a reasonable home in a good area than a cheaper home in a bad area. Therefore any prospective home buyer should take a careful look around before deciding to live in any area.

Important concerns for an area are the crime rate and the overall impression by local residents.


• Visible family areas
• Visible crime control actions, such as: patrolling security companies and neighbourhood watch
• Noise control
• Well maintained homes and buildings