to answer the question, I would like to have access to the following information by neighborhood:
- public transportation
- schools (if possible, with access to a grade/quality classification of all city schools by neighborhood)
- population density (how many people per sq. mile)
- free parking? zone parking? paid-only parking?
- distance to supermarket/market
- weekly farmers market?
- distance from highways
- noise levels (very important in a city crossed by highways in many areas)
- traffic volume
- open studios (and other informal but regular art happenings)
I could go on, but will stop here.
congrats again on this initiative, it's genious!
- crime data
- income data
- property tax information
- school performance data
- parks and number of trees in the area
- street parking info
- walkability score
- car accident information
- the weather for the area, how much sun does it really get
- % of low income of subsidized housing in the area
I'm so pleased to welcome you to Trulia Voices! This is a great question and you've received many fantastic answers so far.
Parking availability and permit zone information top my list. I live at the edge of a parking permit zone but my address doesn't qualify me for a permit and I thus miss out on a lot of available parking spaces and had I known that I might have chosen to live on another block.
I would also love to see a map that shows street cleaning dates and times. Because they differ so much for each street and block, it's so easy to forget when I need to move my car. I know the city benefits from the hefty fines, but I think a lot of us would be a lot happier if we could check out street cleaning info on the internet.
Public transportation routes and average commute times are a must as well. It's one thing to know that public transportation is available, but another to know that it often runs late or has mechanical failures that will stretch out the commute time.
I hope this is a helpful answer and I look forward to seeing DataSF.org evolve.
the local universities and colleges in the area
local job listings
availability of housing
the public library
demographics of neighborhoods to find a student friendly area.
Well cared for neighborhood
Areas for walking
Nearby activites shopping, entertainment
I like home builders that has taken the time to have some character to the outside of the homes including having courtyards. In addition I really think the friendly appeal of neighbors walking and involved in the area is something neighborhoods are missing these days. I think the more active the neighborhood, the more you will see a decrease in crime. So perhaps creating a walking Friday day or something to get people out and about and meeting each other would create a great atmosphere for all to live in. Back to basics, neighbors watching out for other neighbors, a true community!
* how far the police and fire stations are from a given point (i.e. my house)
* availability of public transportation, both within SF and to/from other places in the area
* crime rate
* median income in the area
* turnover of housing stock (i.e. how often do homes in the area change owners, or how long local owners have owned their homes)
* ratio of homeowners to renters
* availability of parking for cars and service vehicles (UPS, moving vans)
* proximity to parks and recreation (pools, etc)
It is so great to see you on Trulia, this is such a great question.
When deciding where to live the type of local information that I care about is:
- Community of people that live around me
- Quality of schools in the vicinity
- Crime/safety (crime rates, walking at night safety)
- Green areas and environmental factors (pollution, recycling, etc)
- Local businesses (restaurants, dry cleaners, cafes, super markets, etc)
- Parking availability and safety
- schools (down to the neighborhood level)
- new residential projects in the area
- public transportation
- distance to supermarket/market/farmer's markets
- restaurants & cinemas
- distance from highways
- noise levels (as deciphered by traffic volume)
- demographics of the city neighborhood
1. crime rate
2. medical facilities
3. recreational activities (both for adults and children; can include parks, sports grounds, museums, summer camps for children etc.)
4. transportation facilities
6. educational facilities (schools and colleges)
7. good neighborhood
My priority will be what are the approved plans in the area in the next 5 years, 10 years.
I believe the future is more important than the past. What is going to happen. I am a realtor, some investors are from oversea, or out of town, they are interested to know , as investment in properties are long term investments.
Moxa Chiu, CDPE, ePRO, SRES,RCS-D
I think its essential to know what the crime statistics are, if there are gangs in the area, if it is a flood zone and what the fire risk level is for the area. I think it should be (and probably is) required to let a buyer know presale what the property taxes are and if there are any homeowner association/additional fees required.
and finally as someone trapped in a manufactured home in a mobile home park, I would have liked someone to tell me; the odds of selling it if I needed to (nil), the cost of moving it if I couldn't sell it, and the fact that my rent could go up well beyond the price of a house payment with no cap.
how is trash pic-up paid for: paid in the annual taxes/or paid individually on a monthly/weekly basis?
are there drainage districts to pay for on the annual tax bill?
are there water districts to pay for on the annual tax bill?
park and rec areas in the community: hours of operation and fees to be paid at each area.
contact websites for the state government offices for motor vechile registration/bike/boat/airplane/atv's.
how to join various organizations:kid sports,4-H, boy scouts/girl scouts,volunteer and charity organizations.
these are just a few of the questions that are asked a REALTOR, from new people coming into an area.
Accesibility to statistics of Sex Offenders
Zoning regulations, so that I don't buy a house that will be in the middle of
an Interstate highway, 5 years from purchase.
Laws that protect the value of my property, so that my neighbors don't
park Tractor Trailers in their yards, or bring junk cars to their driveway
Taxes that are fair, and equitable, depending on the true value of your
home. Local Government that is transparent, and respects the
tax payer. No closed door meetings.
Transportation for Seniors
Information on Churchs, & Synagogues
Neighbors who respect each other's privacy, and have a sense
of Community spirit and are of like mind.
Access to Interstate Highways
Excellent employment opportunities
Adequate water supply.
No Nuclear Power plants.
Crime comes out on top for my clients in their decisions where to live. And most are concerned about neighorhoods and things to do nearby. Neighbor data is available at Neighborhood Navigator gives community information by zip codes. SF Station gives info on restaurants etc. There are probably many more like that but I do not know them.....
Public transportation is also important and I give my clients SFMTA's http://www.nextbus.com for transit information. For clients truly concerned about recycling I give them sfenvironment.org to find out sites for larger items and used computer items. Hope that helps a bit.
1. Crime statistics: It has to be safe, otherwise i don't even consider it
2. Urban feel: I want to be able to walk everywhere! restaurants, shops, cafÃ©s
3. Parks: Nothing better than being able to take a walk in a park, especially during sunny SF days!
Gregory Garver - Commercial Real Estate Broker
Broker License# 01716531
Also, key points of interest would be nice, like libraries, museums, schools, etc.
1) Access to public transportation.
2) Is the property within walking distance to restaurants, cafes and nightlife
3) And because I'm putting long hours in at work...is my home located in a part of town that is safe at night?
Thanks Mr. Mayor for your question!
Crime stats and noise levels are easy. Helping us deeply understand what a neighborhood could look like in 10 years is where the real work lies.
It's great to see you request input from others. To me, it shows you care.
You may find it helpful to see what others are doing. Below is a link to our county and the information they provide:
Ambient Home Lending
the usual population overviews, history of town's political affiliations, availability
of farmers' markets, organic stores, CSA suppliers, reviews of restaurants, cultural events, etc.
Thank you for asking.