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

673 Properties Found. Page 1 of 45.
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 #20-15693

5501 Ridgeview Drive, Anchorage

$599,900 - 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,910 Sf

MLS® # 20-15693

Listing Office: Herrington and Company, LLCAlaska 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 #20-14720

8131 Little Dipper Avenue, Anchorage

$599,000 - 8 Beds, 4 Baths, 3,780 Sf

MLS® # 20-14720

Listing Office: Keller Williams Realty Alaska GroupAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-14713

15001 Mossberry Place, Anchorage

$599,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,001 Sf

MLS® # 20-14713

Listing Office: Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group of Eagle RiverAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-14247

L15 B6 Bruin Park, Anchorage

$599,000 - 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,803 Sf

MLS® # 20-14247

Listing Office: Firebird Realty, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-12746

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 #20-9039

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 #20-14012

14244 Hancock Drive, Anchorage

$589,000 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 3,078 Sf

MLS® # 20-14012

Listing Office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alaska RealtyAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-9108

2233 Sorbus Way, Anchorage

$585,000 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 4,192 Sf

MLS® # 20-9108

Listing Office: O'Banion Real Estate and Relocation Services, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #19-18803

L14 B1 Heather Wood Estates Circle, Anchorage

$585,000 - 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,916 Sf

MLS® # 19-18803

Listing Office: Firebird Realty, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-13733

L42 Sandhill Loop, Anchorage

$579,900 - 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,924 Sf

MLS® # 20-13733

Listing Office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alaska RealtyAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-13738

L29 Sandhill Loop, Anchorage

$579,000 - 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,820 Sf

MLS® # 20-13738

Listing Office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alaska RealtyAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo
Photo of Listing #20-16136

L10 B1 Heather Wood Estates, Anchorage

$575,000 - 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,330 Sf

MLS® # 20-16136

Listing Office: Firebird Realty, LLCAlaska Multiple Listing Service Inc Logo

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