Apartment Hunting Tip: How to Choose a Neighborhood

April 20th, 2015

Apartment Living Tip: How to Choose a Neighborhood

For most people especially for the first time renters, searching for the right apartment comes down to what’s only inside the apartment. Their checklist usually only includes the furniture, the rooms, the appliances and others that are included as part of rented space.

Many experts believe that the search for the right apartment should also involve the neighborhood and the community where the apartment is located.  Because no matter how beautiful your apartment is and how much you love it, if it’s located in a bad neighborhood, chances are you won’t or you will regret getting it.

If it’s your first time to rent an apartment or to go into apartment hunting, below are some factors that can help you choose a good neighborhood.

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Crime Rate

This is the first thing you must always remember, the crime rate. Ask some local police officers or even some locals living in the neighborhood about the crimes committed (if there’s any) for the past few weeks or days. There are also some websites that can tell you the crime rate in a certain area. If the rate is too high, you surely don’t want to live in that neighborhood.


Amenities like local restaurants, public parks, shops, grocery stores and even schools must be considered in apartment search. If you have kids and the neighborhood doesn’t have local schools nearby, then you should think twice.


One of the most important aspects of neighborhood checking is the neighbors themselves. Spend some time and visit the apartment you like. Stay for few hours and observe your neighbor’s lifestyle. If they are the kind of people you wanted to become friends with, then you are in good neighborhood. If not, you should move into your next apartment target.


You don’t want your apartment too far from your workplace or school, right? As much as possible, you want it to be as close as it can be so you can cut down the travel time and transportation expenses. No matter how cool your apartment is if it’s too far from your workplace, trust me you won’t enjoy it.

If you are planning to rent an apartment for good or for a lot of years, you should carefully choose your neighborhood.  I am quite sure that the above presented tips can help you.

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