Monday, May 12, 2008

It is all about lifestyle

When choosing a new community the most important consideration is your lifestyle. That is, your desired lifestyle.

I was reading a short article USA Weekend magazine this weekend. It quoted Barbara Corcoran, a real estate expert on NBC and CNBC, in a short review of her book, Nextville. In her words, "look for a place that wraps you well." Very insightful!

If it is a 55+ community, what are the things that you are looking for? Is it activities such as social gatherings? Is it a golfing community? Is it the security offered by a gated community? Is easy access to travel opportunities? It is your lifestyle that impacts the community you select.

If you have a family with school age children, is it the quality of schools? This is a given. I have never met a buyer with children who did not have quality schools as a requisite quality in the new community!

Are you a commuter? Some folks don't mind driving longer distances for access to work, shopping and recreational activities. At almost $4 a gallon for gas, long commutes are not high on very many buyer's "want list."

Are you a "night owl?" Do you seek easy access to clubs, restaurants, social events? If you want to be near people then a rural setting may not promote your lifestyle!

Are you a student and desire to attend colleges or continuing education classes? Perhaps access to public transportation is important....

The bottom line - your lifestyle plays the greatest impact on selection of your new area.

Here in Brevard County Florida there is an area that meets most any lifestyle. That is the Viera area. The area offers

  • 55+ communities,
  • Excellent schools,
  • Easy access to recreational activities (water sports, beaches, golfing and more),
  • Easy access for travel (Orlando International Airport is about 40 miles away),
  • Easy commutes on major routes (I-95, US 1),
  • Gated communities (single family residences,golfing communities, 55+ communities, condo communities)

Whatever you are looking for in a new community, Viera has a development that offers what you desire! If you are interested in receiving information on the "Viera Lifestyle," please feel free to contact me.

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Melbourne, Florida (located in Viera next door to the Denny's off Interstate 95).

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