What is the area like where you live right now? Are you in a neighborhood? A country road? Closer to the city? In a village? Did you pick your current home with the thought of having children in mind? If you are currently looking - what kind of surroundings are you looking for?
What is the area like where you live right now? We live in a subburb
Are you in a neighborhood? Yes. it is an older neighborhood filled with original owners, or renters.
A country road? Nope
Closer to the city? Yes, we're in a nice location. Everything is close to us. 30 minutes to get into downtown, 30 minutes to be up in the mountains. We're nestled right along the foothills, which is a great place to be.
In a village?
Did you pick your current home with the thought of having children in mind? Kinda. It wasn't a huge factor, but this is an area we were familiar with from growing up. We grew up in a mountain town, so this is the first city we hit on the way down the hill. As teenagers, we would spend time down here. The public schools are decent. We also live very close to one of the top 10 schools in the nation. I'm working on getting my kiddos into that school. It's grades 7-12 and the only way into it, is through a feeder Elementry. My fingers are crossed that we make it in, because I don't really have a back up plan. And even though the district school is fine, it is HUGE. I would perfer my kids to have a schooling similar to our own. In the mountains, you had to go looking for trouble. You generally did not get swept into it. And the cool and popluar kids were the smart kids. I want those kind of influences.
If you are currently looking - what kind of surroundings are you looking for? We're tentitvely looking around. I want to stay in this same area, but I'd love a neighborhood that has more younger families similar to us. Our neighborhood is nice and quiet. But there are a large amount of renters, who just don't take care of the properties like an owner would. It's also filled with original owners. I'd also love to be albe to walk to more things like running trails, parks, playgrounds, shopping and restarunts without being right next to a busy road. A neighborhood playground would be a big perk right now. We would like to stick to older neighborhoods. We like to have a bigger lot. All the new houses have no outdoor space, which is almost a deal breaker.
If we cannot find what we want in the city, I'd also love to move slightly up the hill and buy horse property.
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We live toward the edge of this huge metroplex. We are 10-15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth and just north of us is a little more rural. Our area has grown a lot since we moved here and I'm not thrilled with some of our newer neighbors, as I'm sure most of you know. I am pretty much fed up with it and I'm itching to get out of here. I would say it's less family friendly than when we moved in but we also knew we would probably move shortly after having our first child.
We want a quieter street and neighborhood. Kids are fine but I could do without the constant traffic and multiple obnoxious vehicles that wake me daily. Our lot is nonexistent and we would love to have an acre but may settle for less. It all depends on what area we end up in. We would like four bedrooms instead of three. One of our big musts is a good school district.
We are looking. We sold our house last Summer that was on a majorly busy road. I am so glad to be away from it...we actually had cars take the corner to fast and end up in our yard!!.
Right now we are in a townhouse and are looking but we are not in a huge rush. The townhouse we are in is nice and in a quiet neighborhood with lots of kids around Alison's age. We are still in the same school district that we were in and we do know that we want to stay in it. Close to my parents and since my dad's health is declining it is nice to be close to them.
As far as what we want...we would love to be in a cul-de-sac...after being on such a busy road, we want a nice, quiet street! And we know we want a single level...other than that, no idea! We will get to looking more this Summer.
What is the area like where you live right now? Iam not sure what to call it. We live in a city, but it is not a major city like Chicago or Indianapolis. It is not surburban, urban, or rural. So...
Are you in a neighborhood? Yes. We live on the edge of a neighborhood.
A country road? Definitely not. We live on a major road.
Closer to the city? We live on the north side of the city.
Did you pick your current home with the thought of having children in mind? Yes, we did. We liked the space and number of rooms. We also picked it because it is close to a couple of great schools. Although, if we pull Isaiah from his current school, we will have to move before he gets into 6th grade. The middle school and high school system is awful. Isaiah's current school is K-12.
If you are currently looking - what kind of surroundings are you looking for? We are not currently looking, but we will be in a few years, I think. I plan to look for a quiet neighborhood with other families. I would like to look for a 4-5 bedroom house. With three kids, it is imperative we have enough space for everyone. Technically, we currently have 4 bedrooms now, but two of them are like Cracker Jack rooms. I would also want a decent sized backyard. Brick would be nice. I really like brick homes. We are partially brick now and I love that part of our house.
What is the area like where you live right now? We live on the beach between two major cities. It is nice, because its a very small neighbourhood, about 100 homes, but we can get to either city in less than 10 minutes. Its like a little village, off by itself, but due to the proximity of the cities, no stores etc except the mini market.
Are you in a neighbourhood? Yes.
A country road? No, we live on a short, dead end street right off the only street in or out of our neighbourhood. I like it, because no one comes down who doesn't live there and there are only 8 houses on the street, so we know everyone and they know us (and our kids/cats).
Closer to the city? 10 minutes to two cities.
Did you pick your current home with the thought of having children in mind? We have a five bedroom house. We definitely planned on children, in fact I was pregnant when we took possession, but we didn't spend too much time looking into schools. We are okay with the school for K-8 but I'm not sure how comfortable I am with the highschool. The neighbourhood is in transition, definitely moving up but the surrounding is a bit industrial and on the less-affulent end of things so we may end up looking as the kids get older.
If you are currently looking - what kind of surroundings are you looking for? We are not currently looking, but if we end up moving, we will be very focused on neighbourhood and school quality. Probably we will end up in one of the small towns surrounding our cities.
me and DH 09/06/05
Alicia Marie 07/06/08
David John Courtenay 14/10/09
DSDs Portia 2001 Lexi 1999 Cassondra 1989
We live on a military base. It is a large neighborhood. Typical suburbia. We had zero choice in house plan (we are only eligible to live in one type of house here), but we did have a choice in which house. We chose the one in a cove/cul-de-sac that didn't have construction behind it (they're in the middle of rebuilding all of base housing here from scratch). It is a duplex. I think we're going to like it here.
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
Jackie- Your new place really looks lovely! I hope it's a great home for you guys!