When you’re just starting out, don’t eliminate anything right away. A neighborhood you heard one bad rumor about, or that you’ve only ever buzzed past, may actually be a delightful place to live. Look at all your options with fresh eyes, so that you can make a truly unbiased decision.
Just as with home buying, choosing a neighborhood comes down to what you can and can’t live without. Research local schools, average house prices and planned developments. Consider things like traffic noise, proximity of shops and parks, and how close you need to be to work. As you think about all these criteria and more, make a list of your must-haves. If you’re on the fence about a location, use your list to help you decide.
Once you’ve found some neighborhoods you like, it’s time for a visit. Try going for a walk in the area, eating at a local restaurant and talking to local business owners as well as potential neighbors. You may even want to rent for a while to really get a feel for things.
Chattanooga has become a hot spot for home buyers relocating in recent years, whether for work, school, life changes, family needs, or a chance to live in our beautiful city. With so many fantastic neighborhoods, amenities, entertainment options, award-winning school districts, and the low cost of living in Tennessee, it’s no wonder. There are many great communities around Chattanooga where you feel right at home.
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