Location, location, location! It’s been the rallying cry of realtors for years, but Millennials are taking the search for the perfect spot to an extreme. In the past, buyers would narrow their location by city, school district, or commute time. Today, new home buyers are looking at much smaller areas, “microneighborhoods”, some as small as one or two blocks! Younger buyers are interested in particular areas with their own unique character and community feel. So, what makes the perfect microneighborhood?
The best microneighborhoods feature some mixed-use areas where local businesses are within walking distance. Coffee shops, bakeries, clothing and gift boutiques, and small grocery stores a block or two away make an area more desirable. Walkability is becoming increasingly important to buyers, and folks want a few shops to be within 1,200 feet of their front door.
When folks are out walking, it’s easier to form close communities. As more young adults move away from their families, they sometimes want a deep connection to a neighborhood to ease the transition. Many microneighborhoods also have online groups on social media to share local news and events with their neighbors. Often, there are seasonal neighborhood home or garden tours, block parties, and other events that bring neighbors together. When neighbors see each other and communicate regularly, they create a neighborhood identity. This identity is a huge draw for buyers.
Besides being great locations with invested neighbors, most microneighborhoods also feature unique architecture that ties the area together. Perhaps it’s a few blocks of 1920’s bungalows, or midcentury ranches. Maybe every home has a deep front porch, or clapboard siding. Most of these small communities have something that ties the homes and businesses together.
Finding the Microneighborhoods for You
If you’re looking for the perfect spot for your family to live, your best bet is to contact a realtor who knows the area really well. If you call a real estate office and ask for an agent who specializes in the location you’re interested in, you’ll have an experienced guide to help you navigate to the right neighborhood for you.