Do You Know Where is Your Neighborhood Headed?

by Maryann Ross Levanti 07/21/2019

You bought your dream home, raised your family there, you thought it was a forever home. But now, you notice newer neighborhoods popping up with common areas and shared amenities, and you wonder if you should sell before your home loses its value and the neighborhood slides into obscurity.

Or, you’ve inherited a home in an older neighborhood and wonder if you should keep it or sell it. How do you know when a community is losing its appeal or is on the verge of trending upward?


Two questions to ask are: is it affordable? And is it attractive? As long as a neighborhood is accessible—taxes aren’t too high, market value is reasonable—then people will continue to move into homes there. Additionally, if it remains attractive—there are parks and shopping nearby, with good schools, and well-maintained roads and infrastructure—new families will want to live there.


More critical than affordability and attraction is livability. That is, can young families make community connections there? Do they see themselves raising a family there? If all the other occupants of homes in the neighborhood are over fifty, the livability for young families is low. As those homes transition from older occupants to younger ones, livability rises, and the area retains its stability. 

Looking for at least a few of these signs of livability for young families will give you an idea if the neighborhood is emerging as a newest, hip area or if there is cause for concern. One of those signs is crime rate—if crime increases, livability decreases. Another sign is convenience—proximity to jobs and entertainment increases both the attractiveness and the livability of a community. Medical, dental, and other necessary services moving into an area indicate an upward trend, as does the appearance of retailers, restaurants, and coffee shops nearby. Public transportation becomes more important to younger occupants. Millennials often prefer walkable areas with easy access to a bus, tram, or train system. 


Add to these signs a street of homes with architectural interest or historical significance and you can likely expect a renaissance among the fixer-upper crowd. The renovation and remodel trends tend to revitalize mature districts that attract younger buyers.

To better understand if your property is on the cusp of trending up, ask your local real estate professional. They’re aware of shifts in demographics and when an area is on the verge of being a hot new market.

About the Author

Maryann Ross Levanti

I'm Maryann Ross Levanti, looking forward to meeting you and helping you find your new home and/or sell your current one. I've lived in Fairfield County the majority of my life - grew up in Westport, (Coleytown, Coleytown, Staples), undergrad at UPenn, masters from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm ABR and GRI certified, and hold a broker's license in real estate, as well as a provisional appraiser license. Additionally, I am the exclusive agent for CCO Habitats - a HOBI award winning building company which regularly offers new construction homes as well as renovated homes to the market in Westport. In my 20 plus years of selling homes, I've learned many things - among them - the customer is not always right. Nor am I. However, if we work together we have a much better chance of being correct and either getting your home sold or finding the home that best suits your needs. Yes, I'm outspoken and opinionated. But anyone with a license can open a door - wouldn't you rather have doors opened by someone who actually tells you the truth and is willing to put her years of experience and knowledge into working 24/7 for you to help you understand what you're getting into? You may not always like what you hear, and there are no crystal balls in this business. But I believe an informed decision is always better. Hopefully you do too! As a yearly winner of the Connecticut Five Star Realtor award and frequently repeated recipient of customer service awards indicate; my priority is you, my client, and my clients appreciate it. Put my local knowledge, professional skills, ethics and dedication to work for you - give me a call 203.984.5157.