When you’re looking for a new home in Arlington, finding the right neighborhood is everything. But with the current stay-at-home orders in place, it becomes a bit challenging to scope out a new neighborhood. Not to worry, with these online tools, you can still do your detective work and learn a lot about a neighborhood without having to leave your home.
Here’s how to start your research using only your laptop or smartphone.
- Check out neighborhood publications and local social media— An active neighborhood community in Arlington will often have a print publication or social media groups that connect residents. These can provide information on local events and activities that will give you a better feel of the neighborhood. Check out Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for groups or accounts that documents whats going on in your preferred neighborhood. You can even interact with the locals and ask their opinion about the particular community.
- Take a walk with Google— With Google Street View, you’ll be able to stroll around your potential new neighborhood without leaving your couch. Just go to google.com/maps, type in the address of the house you’re interested in, and click on the photo of the property in the menu to the left of the map. If the address is in Google Street View, you’ll be able to click and drag the image to move around the street.
- Browse websites with neighborhood data— There are several websites that can give you a lot of information about your potential new neighborhood. City-Data provides detailed city profiles on everything including cost of living, weather, and average home prices, AreaVibes gives a livability score and helps narrow down on the best places to live, CrimeReports provides crime data from law enforcement agencies, while Yelp is great for getting reviews on local restaurants, cafes, and nightlife from the residents.
- Investigating schools and education data— If you have a young family, you’ll want to research schools in the area. GreatSchools provides useful data on k-12 schools and reviews from parents. And if you want to research education statistics, U.S. News & World Report has rankings of high schools with data on more than 23,000 public high schools in all 50 states.
- Plan your daily commute— Use commuting tools that predict traffic such as Waze and Google Maps to monitor the traffic of your potential work commute and get an idea of how long it’ll take to get to work.
- Call a real estate agent— If you’ve identified the home you want, get in touch with a tech-savvy real estate agent such as Julie Nesbitt of Nesbitt Realty, who will give you more information about the neighborhood.