Finding a Community Where You Belong

It isn’t difficult to find a good place in Australia where you can build your dream home. However, a place where you live is not the same as a place where you feel you belong.

How do you know that a place is where you will feel at home?

If you are buying a house, it is important to find a neighbourhood that not only has the best to offer, but it is also the right match for you.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself when you’re searching for a community where you really belong:

  1. Is it a fit for your lifestyle?

When you’re searching for a home, the most important thing to consider is that it is a place that you want to live, rather than a place that ticks the boxes.

You should choose a place that matches your daily life. For example, if you have children, you should choose somewhere with nearby parks, safe roads and good schools.

Retirees would also want somewhere safe, possibly with a dog park, close to shops, preferably on the flat or where there are also other retirees.

Younger buyers will likely prefer places that are close to restaurants, public transportation and entertainment.

Before starting your search, know exactly what you want. Think about what you like to do during your spare time and then find a suburb that matches you.

  1. Do you relate with the theme?

It is important to consider the general vibe of a neighbourhood as it is what you will experience in your daily life.

If you’re a nature-loving person, then a green-themed community where there is fresh air, peace and quiet will appeal to you.

On the other hand, choose a trendy urban neighbourhood if you’re into the hustle and bustle, easily accessible modern amenities, and a thriving village-style precinct.

You may already know what you want, but the challenge is finding it. Look at as many options as you can and it will feel just right when you find the right one.

  1. Are the amenities you need available?

Is grabbing a cup of coffee from your local café or doing laps at the local pool part of your morning routine?

Or, do you want good schools, a shopping centre or proximity to the CBD.

Amenities are essential because they make life easier and more convenient. They are also an opportunity to meet neighbours and like-minded people in your community.

Think about what amenities matter to you the most and find a development or neighbourhood that can offer everything that you’re looking for.

  1. The availability of community foundations

Community spirit doesn’t just appear out of the blue. There should be opportunities to encourage relationships.

To foster connection, many developments integrate central spaces into their design. However, search for developments that do more, such as running social programs to foster connection among residents. 

West in Wickham have a community garden, growing fresh produce on the mezzanine level which they share with the entire building.  West also arrange for a variety of food trucks to frequent on Friday evenings and even book entertainment for the complex.  They have their own Facebook group for residents and a website connecting everyone who chooses to interact.

Other programs can include special events for major holidays like Christmas, open movie nights and board game nights.

  1. Engaging communal spaces

In most new developments, there will be a park or some type of communal space where residents can hang around. However, these areas should serve a function, not merely an afterthought.

It is important that a park, an open space or an urban cityscape be relaxing, practical and have a great ambiance that gives them value.

Residents have to actually want to go there, mingle and interact. 

  1. Does it bring pride?

We all want to live in a neighbourhood where we get a sense of joy and satisfaction. Your view of your community is important because you want to feel you’ve made the right choice every time you step outside of your home.

If you don’t have pride in your community, you may end up dissuading friends and family visiting, or not telling people exactly what your postcode is, so it’s important to make the right choice before you buy.