Is this neighborhood right for me?

Posted by Matthew Lindsay on Monday, July 20th, 2020 at 10:45am.

Evaluating a neighborhood

Location, location, location! There are many things you can change about a home, but this isn’t typically one of them. There are no “perfect homes”, every home has its quirks. Find out what is most important to you and what are areas you are willing to compromise on.

Be ready to move quickly when you find what you want. Losing the opportunity to move on your dream home can be heartbreaking.

Pay attention to floor plans, would a particular layout work for better for your lifestyle?

Always do a home inspection. It will save you in the long run.

Vacant homes may appear bigger than they are. Use your phone to take photos, notes or videos of the properties to review later. Property details can blur together after several home viewings.

Many homes on the market are still occupied. Don’t let the current decor or paint choices sway you if the home meets all of your criteria.

 

Things to consider

Along with the home itself, your surroundings are also important for your quality of life. Here’s a checklist to consider. 

Drive the neighborhood

  • Does it look like a place you’d like to live?

  • Is it near amenities you would prefer to be close to?

  • How is the commute?

  • What is it like at night?

 

School zones and quality

  • What is the average school performance and test performance?

  • How much is the school district spending per student?

  • What is the school size and teacher-student ratio?

  • What is the college bound average?

  • How does the school rank amongst other nearby schools?

 

Do the research

  • What is the crime rate compared to other areas?

  • Are there amenities you’d like to be nearby such as universities, stores or entertainment?

  • Consider the future property value on the surrounding homes.

 

Residential, Condominium, Multi-Family in Anchorage under $600,000

781 Properties Found. Page 1 of 53.
Photo of Listing #20-3185

2702 Mcrae Road, Anchorage

$600,000

MLS® # 20-3185

Listing Office: Real Estate Brokers of AlaskaAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-10086

1004 W 11th Avenue, Anchorage

$599,900 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,061 Sf

MLS® # 20-10086

Listing Office: Keller Williams Realty Alaska GroupAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-8851

16015 Sunset Bend Circle, Anchorage

$599,900 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,360 Sf

MLS® # 20-8851

Listing Office: RE/MAX Dynamic PropertiesAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-10792

L1b1 Hillside Drive, Anchorage

$599,500 - 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,177 Sf

MLS® # 20-10792

Listing Office: Keller Williams Realty Alaska GroupAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-9974
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3401 W 64th Avenue, Anchorage

$599,500 - 12 Beds, 6 Baths, 6,120 Sf

MLS® # 20-9974

Listing Office: Precision Real Estate, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-12759
New Listing

1234 Latouche Street, Anchorage

$599,000 - 8 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,960 Sf

MLS® # 20-12759

Listing Office: Globe Real Estate, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-12746
New Listing

6032 Heather Wood Circle, Anchorage

$599,000 - 5 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,686 Sf

MLS® # 20-12746

Listing Office: Firebird Realty, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-11939

3926 E 3rd Avenue, Anchorage

$599,000 - 17 Beds, 9 Baths, 7,360 Sf

MLS® # 20-11939

Listing Office: Keller Williams Realty Alaska GroupAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-11498

10731 Concord Hill Circle, Anchorage

$599,000 - 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 2,831 Sf

MLS® # 20-11498

Listing Office: EXP Realty LLC - Midtown AnchorageAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-9612

7750 Mayfair Drive, Anchorage

$599,000 - 8 Beds, 4 Baths, 4,352 Sf

MLS® # 20-9612

Listing Office: RE/MAX Dynamic PropertiesAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-9039

L13 B6 Bruin Park, Anchorage

$599,000 - 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,330 Sf

MLS® # 20-9039

Listing Office: Firebird Realty, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-8429

341 E 2nd Court, Anchorage

$599,000 - 7 Beds, 6 Baths, 4,031 Sf

MLS® # 20-8429

Listing Office: Coldwell Banker Endeavor RealtyAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-7876

1406 Saint Gotthard Avenue, Anchorage

$598,500 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,030 Sf

MLS® # 20-7876

Listing Office: RE/MAX Dynamic PropertiesAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-8763

5830 West Tree Drive, Anchorage

$595,000 - 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,632 Sf

MLS® # 20-8763

Listing Office: Keller Williams Realty Alaska GroupAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-5952

8111 Dagan Street, Anchorage

$595,000 - 6 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,208 Sf

MLS® # 20-5952

Listing Office: Dall Realty, IncAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo

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