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    How to Buy the Lifestyle

    As the home buying process can be both exciting and challenging, many buyers tend to get focused on the home, its features and its immediate surroundings without giving a lot of thought to the community around the home and what lifestyle benefits it provides. In this blog post we’ll take a look at the Columbus lifestyle and why the neighborhood you are buying into can be just as important as the home itself.

    How to Buy the Lifestyle

    Shopping and Other Local Amenities

    If there’s one truth about moving anywhere, it’s that you are going to need quick access to amenities such as grocery and convenience stores, coffee shops, medical clinics, athletics facilities and more. When you’re getting close to settling on a particular home or community, be sure to walk around the area to get a feel for the amenities that are within walking distance or are a short drive from the home. If you prefer to eat out on a regular basis, are there nearby restaurants? If you love to golf and can’t go a week or two without getting a round in, perhaps you would prefer a golf course community like Muirfield Village or Minerva Park as opposed to a smaller community like Westerville.

    Remember: when you’re buying a home with the intention of putting down ‘roots’ in a community, you must ensure that the resources you need on a regular basis are close at hand. You’re going to end up unhappy if you have to commute through the city just to go to the gym.

    Consider the Entire Family’s Needs

    If you have children or are considering starting a family in the near future, you’ll need to put some thought into their needs as well. As school plays a huge role in a child’s life, being within walking distance of quality schools will greatly increase their quality of life. Having a larger yard or access to parks will allow your children to get outside and play. Choosing the right number and size of your bedrooms is just as important as choosing the right community.

    Arts and Culture Are Everywhere

    If you’re a lover of theater or fine arts in general, buying in Columbus ensures that you will never be short of top-quality entertainment options. For example, living close to Ohio State University gives one close access to the Wexner Center for the Arts, which hosts concerts and live theater performances on a regular basis. If living near a university campus isn’t quite up your alley, the Short North district is chock-full of art galleries, restaurants and public art installations to enjoy.

    Are you ready to see why Columbus is incredibly popular with everyone from young, single urbanites to retirees? The local real estate experts at The Raines Group are happy to introduce you to the city and to assist you with finding the perfect home in the community that best suits your lifestyle. Contact us today by phone at (614) 855-8700 or by clicking here.

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