The relocation process is always at least a little bit stressful, and if you are moving to a new and unfamiliar city, even tasks like choosing a neighborhood to live in can seem daunting – especially in a “city of neighborhoods” like Chicago. Of course, much of the stress can be alleviated by working with an experienced Chicago real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the various neighborhoods as well as the entire relocation process.
One of the first things you should do when you decide to relocate to Chicago is research the various neighborhoods and their pros and cons. My Chicago real estate blog covers many of the different locales, including the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Lakeshore East. Of course, nothing compares to touring the areas and getting a feel for the atmosphere for yourself – ideally with an experienced real estate agent like myself. Naturally, there are factors like the individual features of each piece of Chicago real estate, property values and average prices will affect your decision, but there are plenty of intangibles that make a difference as well.
For instance, nothing is quite as important as learning about things like the local schools if you have children (or are planning on starting a family soon), the neighborhood culture, dining opportunities, nightlife, and other positives like parks, theaters, or museums. Furthermore, you will likely want to know the transportation options – are you near public transit or major highways (especially if you commute to work)? Of course, there are some key statistics that will matter as well – crime statistics, demographics, and perhaps even the overall diversity of the area will impact your choice of neighborhoods. Therefore, it is absolutely key to work with an agent with significant knowledge of Chicago and the various elements of each neighborhood during your relocation process.