Finding the right neighbourhood for your family is important. Much of the time the opinions of friends and family are so varied and vague that they are no help at all. There are so many things to consider, such as safety, nearby amenities, travel time to work and school that many people feel overwhelmed.

This is especially true for those that are house hunting for the first time or in a new city where their personal experiences with the area may be limited. I asked the top Brea realtor for general tips for wandering house hunters who aren’t sure what neighborhood to choose.

One great way to research a neighbourhood online is to take a look at the Wikipedia page. Many people forget that Wikipedia has a page for just about everything, including some neighbourhoods within larger urban cities. Due to Wikipedia’s citation standards, the information you find is likely to be factual. If you want to know more, the links at the bottom of the page will take you to the sources of information.

Safety is often a concern for buyers who are investigating a new area for the first time. One of the best ways to recognize neighbourhoods that may make you uncomfortable is to drive around the area both during the daytime and at night. Look at the businesses that are nearby, are there heavy bars or shutters on all of the windows? The businesses that operate in a community can be the canaries in the coal mine when it comes to safety and crime.

Make sure you take stock of the businesses in the community as a whole, though, and don’t reject a neighbourhood based on one shop keeper’s business decisions. During the day, curious buyers should watch for who is out on the streets. Are there children running around and playing? A parent letting their child roam is a great testimonial for the safety of a neighbourhood.

Getting to Know Your Neighbours

Getting to know your neighbours is a great way to make you feel more of a part of your community and who knows maybe make a new friend.

Get out for a walk.  Going for a walk is a great way to take in the natural surroundings and give you an opportunity to meet some of your neighbours or people living in your community.  A quick hello or a smile is a great icebreaker and a nice to start a conversation. Through these conversations you can learn more about your neighbours and the community at large.

Spend some time outside of your new home.  Not only will it give you some time to get in that much needed yard work, it will also show your neighbours that you are friendly and open.  Brea is a great place to meet new people. Who knows, you may get invited to a block party or picnic as you get to know your neighbours better.

The community centre located in the middle of Brea is a great place to see what is going on in the community.  Here you will get a better understanding of the community and another opportunity to meet some of your neighbours.  With new people constantly moving into the neighbourhood, a quick offer of help or offering up your knowledge of the community can go a long way.

By developing relationships and ties with your neighbours, it will make you feel more a part of the great community of Brea.  Remember, it’s easy to start to get more involved in the community – take a walk, enjoy the natural features of this wonderful community and give your neighbours a wave!