There's nothing better than loving your neighborhood. Your neighborhood is your community. If you like to roller-blade, walk your pet, walk around the park, eat lunch by the water. It is crucial that you live in an area that offers the things you like to do. It can be overwhelming when looking to buy a house, because there may be a couple different areas that you wouldn't mind living, and are having a little trouble choosing. You must narrow down the neighborhood before you search for a house. Otherwise, you may make a decision based on the house itself, rather than your desired lifestyle.
Consider your hobbies. Do you like to work out? Do you like to swim? Some communities offer community centers such as the YMCA, or other workout gyms. Do you like shopping malls? You may want to live in an area that has a small shopping center nearby. Maybe you like to pick up breakfast in the morning. In this case, you might want to move to a place where they have a fantastic bakery that you could walk to each morning.
If you're single, you probably don't want to move into a bad area on your own. It is so important to check and see how many crimes occur, and have occurred, in the area. If the crimes are frequent, and the types of them are terrifying, such as murder for example, its important that you know about that. Sometimes seemingly good areas have lots of crime that you'd never dreamed they had. Go by facts rather than the cover.
Decide if you want an actual home, a condominium, or a townhouse. There are several housing options, and you've got to choose what you like, and then see if the neighborhood you want offers the type of house you want.
If you love an area, but it lacks a basic necessity such as a gym, and the closest one is 45 minutes away, that may be a deal breaker for you. Likewise, if you love to go to the movies but the nearest theater is 45 minutes away too, that's also a problem. If you like the quiet, you should move a little further out of the city rather than in it. If you have trouble sleeping at night, also be sure that if you choose a town home, that the walls are not super thin.
Choosing a neighborhood can be very exciting. You should take this time to explore what the community has to offer. You may enjoy a neighborhood that you never thought you would, after exploring it! Happy house hunting!