You’ve heard the word on the street; Salt Lake City is an up-and-coming place to live. From the beautiful scenery to the Fido-friendly atmosphere, we’ve outlined a few of the numerous reasons people are choosing to not only move to our esteemed town but to also purchase a home once here. With a population of more than 190,000 and a variety of prominent neighborhoods, both new and old residents alike can find it a difficult decision to choose the exact neighborhood that is a right fit. As your local Salt Lake City real estate company, we are here to help you narrow down your search. Choosing the right neighborhood to live in is undoubtedly one of the most important components to purchasing a home. Even if you find a house that fits your criteria, if it is in a neighborhood that does not fit your dream you may find yourself disappointed in your purchase. So how do you choose the best neighborhood in Salt Lake City for your particular preferences? The following are some tips we have compiled to help you through the process.

 

Before you begin your neighborhood hunt, start by compiling a list of the items that are most important to you. Set out by writing down every single item that comes to mind. Then, take the time to rank the importance of each item you wrote down. Some examples of items you may put on your list include the following:

  • Proximity of restaurants
  • Shopping in the area
  • School district rating
  • Crime rates
  • Walkability
  • Distance to your job
  • Quietness
  • Nightlife
  • Access to public transport
  • Trails and outdoor activities
  • Dog friendliness

 

These are simply a few examples of items to consider on your list. Remember to get specific. For example, our list included proximity of restaurants, but you could personalize this to cater to the style of restaurants you prefer. Do you like having local holes-in-the-walls nearby, or are you addicted to your favorite chain? Also, take into consideration your future. You might not have kids right now, but are you planning on starting a family while you live here? If so, you may want to add school districts into your consideration. Some items will also be dependent upon your personal taste. For instance, if you are seeking peace and quiet, you may want to avoid districts known for their nightlife, but if you see yourself walking to a bar on a Friday night to socialize, this might rank as important on your list.

Take time during this process to really consider what you want out of a neighborhood. What were things that were lacking in your previous community? What are things you have loved about places you have already lived? If you are moving with a spouse, significant other, or your family, be sure you are all on the same page.

2. Research the Area

Now that you are equipped with an extensive list of your preferences, it is time to hit the streets and do your research. Salt Lake City is home to many unique neighborhoods, each offering their own pros and cons. From Downtown to Sugar House to University, there is something for everyone in this diverse city. One of the best ways to get a feel for each of the unique neighborhoods comprising SLC is to literally take to the streets. Go enjoy a meal Downtown or peruse the local farmer’s market. Browse an art gallery or unique boutique in Sugar House. Check out the view from Capitol Hill and enjoy the energy in the University / Foothill neighborhood.

 

Although there are plenty of travel guides and information available about each neighborhood online and throughout the city, getting a feel for each place is truly something that only you will be able to do for yourself. Spending time in each area can help you target the places that check the most off your list.

While you are researching each area, take notes. If you love a neighborhood, but it is missing some key components from your list, outline what it offers that might compensate for those losses. Although your initial checklist is important to help steer you in the right direction, you may be surprised by what neighborhood winds up capturing your attention.

3. Evaluate and Contemplate

First off, never feel rushed during your final decision stage. After all, you are not on a reality TV show with a time clock ticking. Take time to pour over the research you have compiled. Talk to your significant other or family members and listen to their input. During this stage, flexibility is key. Your initial list may have led you to some great insight about what you want, but it is not always possible to check off every single thing on your list. This is why prioritizing each item is important. If you have kids in school, likely the ranking of the local school district is going to carry a lot of weight. If you are a person who despises commuting, then the charming neighborhood that requires you to drive an hour to work might not be feasible. Evaluate what matters the most to you as you work through the decision-making process.

4. Talk to Your Real Estate Agent

Once you have a good idea of the neighborhood you want to buy in, it is time to talk to your real estate agent. Keep in mind, having a few options you are interested in will be extremely helpful when it comes to finding a property. Speaking with an agent at your local real estate company in Salt Lake City will help you determine if the neighborhood you want to buy in will also match your budgetary needs. We encourage you to reach out to us at any point in the process of choosing the right SLC neighborhood for you. We are happy to provide you with resources about each area, our own personal knowledge as local residents, and the availability of properties in each location. From start to finish, our team is truly here to help ensure the process of buying a home in Salt Lake City is smooth and results in your complete satisfaction.

 

5. Purchase and Enjoy

Although the process of choosing a neighborhood can feel daunting at first, with the help of a trusted real estate agent and the tips found here, you can make it through and to the final stage: buying a property. Once you find the right home in your desired neighborhood, celebrate and enjoy! Get connected with your local community and start exploring the area.

Ready to explore the neighborhoods of Salt Lake City? Contact our real estate company for more information, or peruse our online directory of Utah communities. We will be happy to assist you with finding the perfect place to call home.