Roots in the City

Buying a home means looking beyond the house

Like any modern woman, you want it all. We are right there with you. It can be tricky trying to find the perfect place to call home, but if there is one thing we are certain of in this crazy world, it is that you should never compromise on location. Whether you are looking to live in the heart of the city or on the outskirts of town, there is no shame in holding out for your dream home in that perfect neighborhood.

If you are considering buying a home, location is one of the most important factors. Real estate is a huge investment and purchasing a home in an up-and-coming neighborhood could pay off big time down the road when it comes time to sell. This is when putting in a little TLC to that fixer-upper can be totally worth it as you make little improvements that go a long way.

Unlike that elusive bad boy you just couldn’t save, your home is something you can fix up with a new coat of paint and, if you’re feeling adventurous, some fun DIY projects. In a perfect world, every apartment in the best location would look like it was lifted from the pages of a Martha Stewart magazine. But some things take time. Before you start living out your latest Pinterest fantasies, we recommend you stop and think about what neighborhood you can really see yourself settling into.

Picking the right neighborhood can seem overwhelming—especially when you are new to the area—but putting in some effort when researching your options could not be more important. The hardest part is that there is no right neighborhood. It all depends on what you are looking for. Is it the perfect little coffee shop down the street? The farmer’s market on Sundays? Maybe it’s the best school district, or the neighborhood with the best nightlife? These are all key factors to consider when putting down roots in a new city.

While we love house hunting from the comfort of our beds as much as the next person, the only way to really a get a true feel for a neighborhood is to walk it. Step into that cute little bookstore, take a seat in the park and imagine yourself spending your Saturdays soaking up the sun. Every neighborhood gives off a different vibe and you should get out there and feel it out.

You may find that living in the bustling city in that tiny little loft isn’t so bad when you are at the center of it all. There is a reason Carrie Bradshaw never wanted to give up her tiny little place in the heart of Manhattan; she knew a good thing when she saw it. Plenty of people have found creative ways to make the most out of their less than spacious homes and you can be one of them.

There is a reason Carrie Bradshaw never wanted to give up her tiny little place in the heart of Manhattan; she knew a good thing when she saw it.

At the end of the day, it is the convenience of being close to what matters to you, whether it’s work, school or the best eateries in town. So go forth and explore. Once you narrow it down to your top few neighborhoods, revel in the fact  that you will love where you live no matter what.

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Britney Schroeder
Britney Schroeder is a San Diego native who spent last year living in Madrid and traveling throughout Europe. She is always happy to share her thoughts on travel, music, fashion and real estate.
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