Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods, and each of them have their own unique quirks and idiosyncrasies that make them interesting. However, for a newcomer to the city, choosing where to live can be overwhelming. However, our real estate agents know every corner of the city, and we're happy to help! Here are some of the key questions you should ask before you start looking into homes in a particular 'hood.
How close is the neighborhood to your workplace or school? If you are moving to the city for work or to further your education, chances you will want to be able to easily commute to your office or university. Furthermore, if you want to be able to walk or ride your bike, proximity to your job or classes is even more essential.
How accessible is public transportation, car sharing services, and/or parking? Even if you have a car, Chicago has excellent public transit. In addition, if you do have a car, you'll need to park it someplace, so you'll want a building with a garage or a home with easy street parking.
Do you have family or good friends nearby? Being able to easily see your family or close friends can make all the difference when it comes to your experience with living in a given neighborhood. Granted, this isn't an important factor for everyone, but it is definitely something to consider.
What do you like to do for fun? Do you prefer a lively neighborhood with tons of nightlife, or do you want the peace and quiet of a family friendly spot with tree-lined streets and parks nearby? Granted, plenty of Chicago's neighborhoods offer the best of both worlds, including Lakeshore East and Lincoln Park.
Do you have pets, and if so, is the neighborhood pet-friendly? Dog parks and walkable areas are key if you have a pooch or two, but even if you have a cat, rabbit, or other small animal, you'll want to make sure the building allows pets and there are vet services in the area.
How are the schools? This definitely matters if you have children or are planning on having them in the near future, but it is also important when you consider the resale value in the future. Much of the North Side offers exceptional public and private school options.
Do you want a gym or specialized fitness center in the building or nearby? Fitness buffs may enjoy the sheer convenience of having a gym and even a pool in their building, but if you enjoy a particular activity such as rock climbing, CrossFit, martial arts, or yoga, knowing that you can attend classes and work out at a focused gym near your home is important.
Are you a restaurant connoisseur or do you prefer to cook at home? In the case of the former, you'll likely want to be in a neighborhood with plenty of dining choices that range from casual neighborhood cafes to authentic ethnic foods to trendy hot spots. For the latter, you'll want quality grocery stores and specialty food shops to be easily within reach. The River North, West Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park, and Logan Square are all ideal spots for foodies.
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