Secrets To Selecting Superb Subdivisions

Secrets To Selecting Superb Subdivisions

Now is the time of year we are shedding our winter coats and getting out amongst the sunshine that comes with spring and summer in Colorado. With the warm weather comes a more than warm real estate market. Many buyers know they are ready to jump into the market but may not know EXACTLY what they are looking for. In cities such as Littleton, Westminster and Aurora, here are homes to fit everyone’s tastes but when it comes to picking out a subdivision, here’s a few general tips make sure you can resell for top dollar.

1. Entrance Wow Factor

Buyers love subdivisions with grand entrances. Large monument signs with brick, along with well manicured common areas go a long way to help shape perceptions. A good example of this is Grant Ranch in Littleton. This is why Home Owners Associations are such a double edged sword. On the one hand, they can be such a pain with their rules and restrictions, and on the other, they help keep the neighborhood appealing through maintenance of common areas.

2. The 4 Turn Rule

There is a common rule among modern homebuilders called the 4 Turn Rule. If it takes more than 4 turns off of a major street, than the directions are deemed difficult and it’s a psychological negative. Homebuilders pay a lot of attention to this detail and its rare to find any home in a subdivision that doesn’t follow this rule.

3. Close but not too close

As one can imagine, having close amenities such as groceries and other shopping are important but they must not too close. If parking on the home’s street is affected, its too close. If you can see the parking lot from your front or backyard, its too close. Ideally groceries should be within ¼ of a mile but not so close that the senses are affected.  

4. Walk this way

Given that Colorado is the #1 state for health and fitness, it stands to reason having parks and trails close by are important. The general rule is to have a park or trail within walking distance of the home. Places like Highlands Ranch have been designed with this in mind. There are nearly 70 miles of trails within the city alone! This is one of the top items on many buyer’s list when shopping for a home.

As the old saying goes, the three most important things when shopping for a home is location, location, location. By following these rules, you can help yourself protect your biggest investment. Call me today to find out what else you need to know when purchasing a home!  

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Matthew Koller is part of the Carr Peck & Associates at Keller Williams. Carr Peck & Associates were 6th in Denver Metro home sales out of 5,000 agents and has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends as one of the top selling teams in the country. For more information feel free to  contact him   or call 303-704-3286. 

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