Does the call of suburbs have you dreaming about a yard with room for your four-legged and two-legged kids? Do you find the walkability and excitement of urban living irresistible? Both life in the burbs and in the city have perks, but which one is best for you? City living offers walkability, nearby entertainment and restaurant venues and cultural opportunities. While suburbia comes with larger lots, bigger homes and more school options. We spoke with resident cheese Lisa Pricher at Savvy + Co. Real Estate and she recommended asking yourself these questions to help put your next home in focus.
What are your priorities?
Priorities guide many of life’s biggest decisions and home ownership is no exception. Defining what is important can help point you in the right home ownership direction. What type of home is most appealing? Can you save more money living in the city vs. the suburbs? “Cost of living is typically lower in the burbs,” says Lisa. “Cabarrus, Union and Stanly counties all have lower taxes than Mecklenburg County.” Where are the better educational opportunities? What’s non-negotiable and what is flexible? Most importantly, where do you think you and your family will be happiest?
To yard or not to yard?
When you live in the heart of a city, excitement is right outside your front door almost any hour of the day. However the space past your entry door might be smaller with little to no backyard. Suburban living means often having to drive at least a little to get to where you need to go, but the tradeoff can be coming home to a larger lot with room to garden, entertain or let the kids run around.Want a horse in the backyard? Generally one acre per horse is sufficient, says Lisa. Of course a bigger yard and home come with all sorts of projects which for a DIYer, could be a dream come true. However, if you prefer to hit the town instead of fixing the fence or seeding the yard, an urban homestead might be the better choice for you.
Available education opportunities?
If children are in your plans, schooling options depend a lot on where you live. Which living environment offers the best choice for both public and private schools? Are homeschool and other educational and cultural opportunities accessible? How does school transportation fit into your life? Things change constantly which is why working with a knowledgable Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent can help you figure out your best options.
Of course the only way to tell whether you are more of an urban or suburban home dweller is to try it out. Luckily in Charlotte and surrounding cities, there are lots of choices for city folk, country folk and every kind of folk between. To find your perfect fit, contact Lisa or your Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent today.