Exploring Neighborhoods From Home

If you’re planning to move to a new neighborhood, how do you do that from home? If you’re moving someplace locally, you might jump in the car and drive around a bit. But what if you’re moving across the country? How do you go about exploring a neighborhood from far away?

There are several steps you can take, as this infographic shows. 

  1.  You can search social media sites and online for information about particular neighborhoods. If there is a facebook group for the neighborhood you’re considering, that can be a great way to virtually meet residents and ask questions.
  2. You can do a “virtual” walk around the neighborhood with Google Street View. And you might even see some funny sights along the way. (Check out some of the funny Google Street View sitings in this Mashable post. )
  3.  You can browse websites data online. Some neighborhoods, complexes and housing developments have reviews that you can find. Our website has extensive information on Long Beach neighborhoods, which you can find here: Long Beach Neighborhood Information 
  4.  You can investigate schools and educational data on sites like GreatSchools.org.   The Long Beach Unified School District’s website also has extensive information on its site. 
  5. You can check safety ratings. Police departments and other sites can provide you with information on crime in a particular area.
  6. You can check your daily commute. Plug the starting and ending points into Google Maps or Waze to test commute times at various times of the day. Keep in mind that the commute now is likely to be very different from when some of the current restrictions are eased.
  7. Contact a real estate agent. If you know what features of a neighborhood are important to you, they may be able to suggest some areas you haven’t even considered.

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster