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When Buying A Home – Downtown Or The Suburbs?

By Karen Lissack

The key to buying a house, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time buyer, is location. Before deciding where to buy the house, there are several factors to consider. One very important factor is whether you want to buy a property in the city or a home in the suburbs. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, with people swearing by each of them and hating the other. When trying to decide which option is best for you, your spouse and your family, here are a few things to think about.

There are plenty of upsides to life in the city. Dining, shopping, and entertainment are all at your fingertips. If you will be working in the city you’re planning on living in, you can save both time and money by walking or riding a moped or bike to work. Depending on the particular city you live in, there are usually plenty of things to do during the day and night. Most cities have plenty of parks that you can enjoy on the weekend and take advantage of public transportation to get there.

Of course, living in the city has some downsides as well. The homes in most cities are not like the homes many of us think of. They are more like apartments or flats. They are usually rather small and pretty expensive for the amount of space. You will have to deal with loud noises, crime, and parking. If you have children, there is usually little or no yard space and you might not be comfortable letting your children play in the park without your supervision. The schools are usually overcrowded and may be plagued with gangs. Overall, if it is just you or you and your spouse, city living can be great, but if you have a family you might want to think about the suburbs.

Living in the suburbs, or even just outside the city has many upsides. For one, there is plenty of space to move around, and you will have a yard, a quiet neighborhood, and neighbors that you can get to know and trust. Usually you still have opportunities for shopping and entertainment close by, and parks to go to. Schools tend to be smaller, have a better student to teacher ratio, and there is less overall violence. Crime is less overall, and the noise is much lower.

However, living out of town does have a downside too. If you work in the city, there is the commute back and forth to think about, as well as trying to find a parking place when you get there. If you tend to be a busy person, you may tend to get bored living out of town. Then there is having to deal with mowing your lawns, keeping up your yard, and general maintenance around your home. Property itself, while larger in general, can be just as expensive as living in the city, depending on how popular the place you plan on living is. Overall, you really have to sit down and think about each setting, and go over to pros and cons about each area, to see which one is right for your own needs, and the needs of your family.

Karen Lissack has been writing about real estate and home related topics for close to a decade and a half. She will help you with information in various aspects in real estate from buying to selling, even investing. She is fully informed about chapel hill real estate and has aided people in finding the best chapel hill homes the market can offer.

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Lissack, Karen "When Buying A Home – Downtown Or The Suburbs?." When Buying A Home – Downtown Or The Suburbs?. 12 Jul. 2010. 10 Aug 2015 <>.

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