It's all about Location, Location, Location in real estate.When you are in the market for a new place to live, one of the most important things to evaluate is its location.
To evaluate an apartment's location, you must first understand what is important to you and prioritize what you are looking for in an area.
Start by asking yourself what you would ideally have in the surrounding area. What is important to you?
- Public transportation nearby
- Parks and jogging trails
- Restaurants and bars
- Libraries and bookstoors
- Museums and art galleries
- Lakes, rivers, oceans...Water
How well does an apartment's surrounding area fulfill your wants and needs?Next, you may want to check a particular neighborhood's statistics.
Or, you can always check the (less fun) U.S. Census Bureau.
Also, see if you can get some crime statistics from your local police department.Some police departments, like Washington,DC are more useful and helpful than others. In fact, DC police have even created customizable crime maps that display all the criminal incidents that have occured within a period of time.
Even if your police department does not offer something like that, most will have the criminal statistics available for the public.