Location is everything. Where you build your new custom home is almost as important as the home itself. The location of your dream home will impact your life for years to come. Your commute, quality of schools, shopping choices, hobbies and other activities will all be greatly influenced by where you live. On top of this, the geography of the lot will impact the layout and design of the home itself. Here is some advice to find the best property.
One of your first considerations will be choosing where you want to live. Do you want to be in the heart of the city, for all the entertainment options, shopping and convenience? Or do you prefer the privacy and larger spaces that only an acreage custom home can offer? There are clear benefits and trade-offs with both options that will affect your lifestyle for decades to come. Check out our Inner City versus Acreage Custom Homes post to compare.
Take a detailed look into your ideal lifestyle, now and long into the future, to help you determine what you want in your home and its location. If you want to be in the mountains every weekend, it would save you a lot of driving to build your acreage home on the west side of Calgary. If eating out at belt-line restaurants is more your preference, than an inner-city home might be a better choice.
Do you have young children? Where will they go to school over the upcoming years. Will you drive them to school or will they be bussed? What extracurricular activities will they need to attend? Make sure that the your new home location will make it easy to continue the lifestyle choices you want for your family.
Don’t commit to buying a great lot for your future home too quickly. Take your time to really make sure this is where you want to spend decades of your life. Visit the property at different times of the day to see what it is like at different times of the day. Try to image the view from your great room and outside deck. Envision how you will spend your time there.
It’s not a bad idea to knock on your neighbour's doors to get some insight into the area and see what type of people you’ll be living near for years to come. Ask how well the roads are maintained in winter, if there are any disturbances like off-road motorcycles in the summer, or find out about other potential inconveniences.
Drive around the area and see what local amenities are available. Where are the nearest schools, supermarkets, fitness clubs, or other places that you hope to frequent. Get a good feel for the area so there are no surprises later on.
If you haven’t purchased your land yet, our team at Copper Brook is happy to advise on the location. If you have your own architect, ask them to inspect the property early on, It's a good idea to get other, professional and unbiased opinions on the land.
When working with real estate agents, be sure to ask for several locations to potentially build your house. Even though you might have stumbled on something stunningly beautiful from the start, it’s still a good idea to compare with other locations. That way you’ll start to see a range of benefits and drawbacks of different properties to hone in on the qualities of a perfect site to build your home. Don’t be afraid to ask your architect, designer, or the professionals at Copper Brook for feedback and advice on your top picks. The more input you get, the better.
If you can, try to image what the area will be like in the future. Will new houses be built in front of your current gorgeous view? Is the area expected to get much busier? Will traffic become a major annoyance? The land you see now, will most likely not remain in its current state. You may like the seclusion and quietness now, but will the area always be like this?
If you've already decided on the perfect lot for your Calgary custom home, then congratulations. Now the exciting process of building your dream home can get started. If you haven't chosen the land yet, no problem. Copper Brook is happy to help answer any questions you may have and help you with finding the perfect property. We're with you every step of the way.