How to Choose the Right Neighborhood to Buy a Staten Island Home

Posted by Thomas Crimmins on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 3:02pm.

When you are buying your new Staten Island home, you will not only need to consider the house itself but the neighborhood that it is located in. The old real estate cliché about “location, location, location” is true, as the area of the city where your home is located will have an impact on its future value as well as your lifestyle.

So what factors should you consider when you are choosing which neighborhoods to house hunt within?

Proximity to Your Daily Needs

If you work in Manhattan, you might want to consider living closer to the North Shore of Staten Island. You will also need to consider whether the house is near shopping centers, schools, doctors, dentists and other services that you will need regularly.

Planned Developments

When you are choosing a neighborhood to buy in do some research into what developments are planned in the future for that part of the island. For example, you might be able to get a cheap price on a home that is out of the way, but a new proposed highway leading straight into the area will be built in the next five years and could increase property values considerably.

Overall Atmosphere

Take a walk around the neighborhood where you are considering buying and get a sense of the overall atmosphere. Are there a lot of families living there? Are there green places to relax? Are people friendly and saying hello to you? You want to live in a place where you feel welcome and comfortable.

Property Values

Different neighborhoods will have a range of house prices and you will want to look for somewhere with the right balance of value. Some areas of town will be very expensive but very nice; other areas will have cheap house prices but might not be pleasant to live in. Take the time to find the neighborhood that is in the middle, where you will find the right house at a good price.

These are just a few of the factors to consider so that you can choose the right neighborhood to buy in. For more information about buying a Staten Island home, feel free to contact me today at tomcrimmins@tomcrimminsrealty.com or call me at 718.370.3200. 

Tom Crimmins is the broker/owner of Tom Crimmins Realty. This St. John’s University graduate and native Staten Islander’s past careers include Assistant Dean of Students at SJU, NYPD Sergeant, Director of the Carnesseca-Sarachek Basketball Camp, and investor, speculator, and buy-fix-flip real estate expert. His real estate experience, which spans 30 years, is second-to-none.

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