After you work out if you’re happy with the area, hop on Google Maps again, or better yet, go for a drive to explore the area. Find out what’s nearby. We suggest looking out for:
Having bus stops, train stations, trams or ferries nearby makes it easier for you to get around, even if you own a car. You might prefer to catch PT to work so that you don’t have to sit in traffic, or you might find yourself going into the city for events, dinners, sport or more.
Being close to PT is also a highly sought-after selling point down the line if your home goes on the market.
Have you ever been cooking dinner and realised you’re out of a core ingredient? Or have you ever had a craving for chocolate with no way to get any? If you said yes to either of those questions, you understand the pain of not living close to shops. Having a supermarket within a quick drive of your home will make your life much easier, and the same goes for a bakery, take away food options and the 100% most important thing - a delicious cup of coffee. 100%.
This might not be relevant for you… yet. Proximity to schools is something to consider if you’re trying to future-proof your home. When you buy a Metricon Home, you’ll have plenty of space for it to eventually become your family home, unlike apartments and units. Just like having shops nearby, having a school within walking distance is a game-changer. There’ll be no fighting traffic if you can stroll down each morning to drop the kids off – and it’s an excellent way to spend time with them and get exercise in too.
Parks and outdoor recreation spaces
These days not everyone has a big back garden, and this is fine, providing you have access to parks and other recreation spaces. You might want to start your day with a run or tire out young children at a playground. Outdoor picnics and BBQs might also be important to you. Make sure you’ve got what you need for exercise and outdoor recreation nearby.
Whether it’s a doctor, hospital, physio, therapist or gym, it’s nice to know that you have health and wellbeing facilities nearby. For a lot of people, it’s a comforting thought knowing there’s a doctor or hospital just around the corner and having a gym close by will prevent you from making excuses… maybe.
You don’t need to check all these boxes to find your dream home, but the more amenities close to home, the better.
Multiple homes may meet the criteria of being your dream home. If
that’s the case, it does come down to personal preference. Which layout
do you prefer? Which location do you prefer? Which is at a better price
Most importantly, which home can you see yourself living in? There can only be one.
If you’re interested to know more, you can check out our Home and Land Packages. First Home Buyers should check out our HomeSolution brand, which is the first choice for first home buyers. Alternatively, browse through our Home Designs to find a home from our wide range that’s perfect for you.