As you search for that hard-to-find, special, first-time or move-up home, is it all about the home or the neighborhood or both? I believe the most crucial item for families with children or about to have children is the school system. Obviously, your budget comes into play, so you can only buy what is affordable in today’s higher interest rate environment. But do your research and find those school districts that have the highest percentage of children going on to higher education.
Another important thought that not everyone may contemplate is the lifestyle that one would like to have for themselves and their family in the town that they will live in. Specifically, what activities and cultural offerings and opportunities are available as part of your taxes?
As an example, if you are fortunate to live in Great Neck, it has a special Park District, with 21 active and passive parks. Every weekend music concerts occur from July through September as well as special Family Day events during July and October, with slides, bouncy houses, food vendors and Long Island microbreweries bringing their handcrafted ales. Tuesday nights are concert nights in Ielpi Park on Grace Avenue, too, from July-September. Many other towns nearby like Manhasset, Port Washington, Roslyn, etc. have music venues during the summer months. Schedules are sent out to all Nassau County residents to enable everyone to participate in those events that occur in the local parks.
Are you looking for a community pool, tennis courts, tracks to run on, and an excellent library that offers educational and fun activities? If these features are important to you and your family, then one must ascertain which towns interest you as a buyer or renter and what they have to offer as far as those added value benefits that would make you want to move there.
Checking into the crime and safety of a local town will also provide perspective for your family on possible unwanted events in the future. Going online will provide excellent information to aid you in your decision-making. As many people are traveling and vacationing once again, it is still imperative to know that where you are living allows you the opportunity to participate in whatever your town has in ancillary activities, e.g., holiday events. It will be more beneficial to get your kids off their computers and cellphones to go outside in the fresh air and move their bodies.
All towns that I am aware of have activities for children. You need to check your town’s website and make sure you sign up to receive regular emails to be aware of all that is happening in and around your town throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, or wherever you decide to move..
Does the town you are looking into have sufficient restaurants with available dining outside, and promenades during the summer that closes off certain streets for eating and entertainment? During the Pandemic, most towns, including New York City and its five boroughs, allowed sidewalk dining. It appears that many are continuing the practice as a more permanent benefit to enable the restaurant industry to survive and thrive and enable their patrons to be able to dine at al fresco.
It really isn’t about just the space that you will be living in but what else is being offered and available in the community to make your family’s life more fun, enjoyable, and entertaining in satisfying your maximum needs and wants.
To me, a house is not totally a home unless there is a component of involvement in the local community that will support its residents in creating, producing, and enhancing activities for a healthy and fun lifestyle.
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Philip A. Raices is the owner/Broker of Turn Key Real Estate at 3 Grace Ave Suite 180 in Great Neck. He has 40 years of experience in the Real Estate industry and has earned designations as a Graduate of the Realtor Institute (G.R.I.) and also as a Certified International Property Specialist (C.I.P.S) as well as the new “Green Industry” Certification for eco-friendly construction and upgrades. For a “FREE” 15-minute consultation, value analysis of your home, or to answer any of your questions or concerns he can be reached by cell: (516) 647-4289 or by email: [email protected] or via https://WWW.Li-RealEstate.Com Just email or snail mail (regular mail) him with your ideas or suggestions on future columns with your name, email and cell number and he will call or email you back.