Find the Perfect Neighbourhood for Your Family With These Simple Tips

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Plan on moving your family soon? Here are some simple tips so you can find the perfect neighbourhood for them.

While you might be focused on finding the perfect house for your family when considering an upcoming move, there's one critical piece of the puzzle you can't overlook which is nearly as important. We're talking, of course, about the neighbourhood your soon-to-be dream home is located in. You'll want a neighbourhood that's safe for you and your children, one that you can afford, and one that has like-minded people that you can potentially become friends with. 

Before you can decide if a neighbourhood is perfect for your family, you need to ask yourself some questions so you know what a perfect neighbourhood looks like to you. These questions are: 

  • Do I want a quieter or busier area?
  • Is being able to walk to amenities important for me and my family?
  • Does the neighbourhood have nice greenery like trees or parks?
  • Do I want to be close to shops and restaurants?
  • Do I want a neighbourhood with more character or one that's new?
  • Do I want a neighbourhood that provides a tight-knit atmosphere or one that provides anonymity?

As you work through these questions, you need to keep in mind every member of your family and how they might answer them. By doing so, you'll be able to create the framework for what a perfect neighbourhood for your family looks like.

Elevated Living at an Affordable Price

Encore at West Grove Estates provides an extremely rare opportunity to move into one of Calgary's most sought-after neighbourhoods, West Springs, with semi-estate homes starting at the mid $600's. Located near excellent amenities in a well-established community that's only 15 minutes away from downtown and an hour from the mountains, Encore at West Grove Estates is the perfect place to live, work, and play. Contact us today to book your showhome visit and see why West Springs is one of the best neighbourhoods in Calgary for families. 


Simple Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Neighbourhood for Your Family

Picking the right neighbourhood for your family will improve the quality of life for every member of it. Whether that means setting your children up for future success by picking a community that's close to the top schools in Calgary or selecting a neighbourhood that's nearby amazing amenities to make life more convenient is totally up to you. But as you'll soon see, the perfect neighbourhoods generally combine everything you're looking for into one awesome package.

Get in your car and do some recon

There's no substitute for boots on the ground recon. You and your family should pile into your vehicle and visit the neighbourhood you're considering either building a new home in or moving to. You'll quickly be able to see if the neighbourhood has the parks or shops your kids and spouse were hoping for. You should also take a close look at the houses in the neighbourhood. Do they look well maintained and cared for? Or are there broken windows and graffiti all about? 

Once you've driven around the neighbourhood for a bit, find a nice place to park and get out of your vehicle so the recon work can continue on foot. Look at the sidewalks and streets to see if they're being properly maintained by the city (which probably means the people living there aren't afraid to raise a little heck to keep the standard of living high in the community). Does the neighbourhood have nice landscaping? That most likely means there's a homeowner's association responsible for keeping the overall aesthetic in line with residents' expectations. 

Last but not least, see if you can discern the overall demographic of the neighbourhood by keeping an eye out for the sort of people who live there. Do they seem friendly and make eye contact when you and your family walk by? Are there lots of kids running about? Those are good signs it's a family-oriented neighbourhood and one your family will be openly welcomed to and fit right in with.


Check the neighbourhood's crime stats online

If you have a family, chances are you want to keep them safe. One of the best ways you can do so is by moving them to a neighbourhood that has low crime rates. This will lessen the likelihood of you or your kids falling victim to crime or running across unsavoury characters. 

The easiest way you can find out if a neighbourhood is safe or not is by checking the Calgary Police Service's Community Crime and Disorder Map. It will give you a quick snapshot of how many criminal or disorderly incidents have happened in the neighbourhood you're considering.

Calling the police precinct where the neighbourhood you're thinking of moving to is another great way to find out how safe it is. The officer you speak with should easily be able to give you a more comprehensive picture of how much crime occurs in that section of their district and how active they need to be in it.

Go online for all your other research

It used to be that the first tip in this list was basically all you could do before deciding if a neighbourhood would be the perfect fit for your family. Thankfully, the internet has made the task a whole lot easier. 

You can now pull up maps that will show you how long your commute to work will be, what restaurants or shops are nearby, and which high-ranking schools are close to the community.

Just be sure to take your time and write down the pros and cons of each neighbourhood you're considering for your family. It's a big decision as you're not just investing in a house, but the community it resides in as well.

Come Visit Our Showhomes! 

Are you looking for a new family home in the highly sought-after neighbourhood of West Springs in Calgary? At Encore at West Grove Estates, we offer affordable semi-estate homes for you and your family. With great amenities and planned green spaces in an existing and established community, you can enjoy uncompromising value and a high quality of living. 

Our showhomes are available by appointment only. Reach out if you want homes with so much more and contact us.


Semi-estate homes built by an award-winning builder in the highly sought-after SW Calgary community of West Springs. That's what you get when you choose Encore at West Grove Estates. Our homes are painstakingly crafted with elegance and quality at the forefront of everything we do. Because in the end, you deserve a home built just the way you want.

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