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An Easy Guide to Finding Your Best Community

October 6, 2022
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The Portland Metro area serves up the perks of bigger city living, while still letting you immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. This seems to suit residents well, covering the wide range of reasons people search for new homes in Portland OR. This is an area where everyone can feel at home, especially in a Pacific Lifestyle home. Still, it’s important to find the right community for you. Fortunately, we have multiple communities within the Portland Metro area to help make your choice even easier. Here are some simple tips to finding your best community.

Obviously, the home you choose is incredibly important to ensure you and your family have the necessary space and other elements that will fit your lifestyle. Fortunately, we build new homes with plenty of options and standard features, ranging from flex rooms to smarthome technology to ensure you can have the home you need. Yet there’s a reason why “location” is a well-known factor when it comes to buying a home.

You may find the ideal home, but is it ideally located for your day-to-day needs? Consider your commute if you work outside of the home. Consider the quality of nearby schools if you have children. Check how long it takes to get to places like grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, such as movie theaters and parks. These are all important because you don’t want to drive for half an hour just because you forgot to buy something at the grocery store during your weekly shopping. Also, if you like to go out, the further you have to go, the less likely you may be to make the effort. All of this is why we build our communities in areas that provide some of the beautiful natural scenery of the region but are still just a few minutes drive from shopping, dining, and more.

You should also think about the size of the community and the layout. Do you prefer large lots? Do you want a relatively small community or do you appreciate having larger communities with more people to get to know? Be sure to look at the overall map of the community to see if it looks like something you’d be happy with and go for a drive around the community to get a better feel for it in person. If you have kids who like to play outdoors, you may prefer a community with no real traffic other than other residents to make things safer.

Safety, both in terms of crime and natural disasters, is also something you should consider when looking at communities. You can usually check the crime rates and averages online for specific areas and also check on the likelihood of the community being damaged due to storms, flooding, fires, and other natural disasters.

Ultimately, when looking at new homes in Portland OR, and the surrounding metro area, be sure to visit the communities in person. You’ll get a sense of the kinds of homes being built, the range of ages of the people living there, and the overall atmosphere. We think you’ll find all of our Metro Portland communities to be ideally located to make the most of the surroundings. Not only will you be happy with the personalized homes we build for you, but you’ll also love the nearby amenities that make life more enjoyable, whether it’s hiking and biking or checking out the latest foodie hotspot. Contact us today to learn more about our homes and our communities to find the best one for you.

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