Wednesday, August 24, 2016

How to Spot a Great Neighborhood on Chicago's North Shore

There are many factors to take into consideration when buying a home on Chicago's North Shore. The number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, style and of course, location will all affect your decision in the end. But when it comes to finding the best location, do you know what you're looking for?

If you feel you've found "the one" in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park and the surrounding areas, here's how you can confirm the neighborhood will be a great fit for you.

Look for parks
A good local park is a great indication of a lively neighborhood. Does the park have new playground equipment? Are others visiting the park? Is the park clean and well-maintained? Be aware of your surroundings when viewing homes on the North Shore. If no one is visiting the park on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, you may get the idea they don't see much value in the area or in that particular park.

Look for grocery stores
As you search for the perfect home on the North Shore, take a look at the local grocery stores. For instance, did you know proximity to Trader Joe's has been known to boost home values? New grocery stores that have popped up in the recent past are a good predictor of an up and coming neighborhood or that businesses see value in opening in that area.

Look for restaurants
There are numerous must-visit restaurants in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park and the surrounding areas, so keep your eyes open for those that may be near your potential new home. Proximity to great restaurants is something every homebuyer is looking for on their home search, so do not rule this out!

Look for coffee shops
Even if you're not a coffee lover, spotting coffee shops like Starbucks or other local gourmet coffee spots can be indicative of higher property values and higher-end communities. More affordable coffee options like Dunkin Donuts can often be indicative of nearby homes with lower price tags.

Look for farmers markets
While these are fun to visit during the warmer months, that isn't all farmers markets are good for when you're scouting a new location in which to buy a home! Farmers markets tend to reflect a strong sense of community, where residents enjoy meeting and spending time together. And you're in luck, many of the local North Shore communities boast excellent farmers markets!

Contact me today for more information on which North Shore area would be the best fit for you and your needs this year! I'm happy to help introduce you to Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park and beyond!

Janie Bress
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