When you are in the market for a new place in Fort Collins, Colorado to have your custom home built, you need to remember the golden rule of real estate: You aren’t just investing in a home, you are also buying into becoming part of a neighborhood. Okay, we might have made some of that up, but it does make total sense. As anyone who has been around the block a few times, or in this case has lived in their fair share of neighborhoods, not all neighborhoods are created equal.homes

Now, there is really no such thing as a perfect neighborhood, but there are common denominators that all really terrific neighborhoods share. As you evaluate the best aspects of a prospective neighborhood, you will want to match them with the needs you have at this point of your life.


While there are aspects of your home that are very important, like style and design, the location of your custom home is as equally important. Take into consideration how far you are from your workplace or if the kids have to take a bus to school. If you are a light sleeper, you might not want to build your custom home in a neighborhood close to the railroad tracks. Just a few things to think about.

Property Size

You might have found an ideal neighborhood, but the lot is rather small. You need to decide if you can deal with being so close to the neighbors or if you are going to need more space. If you desire a lot of privacy, then a larger lot will be favored. But then, a small lot might suit you perfectly well.homes1


Once you have narrowed down your choices of neighborhoods, spend some time driving around in them for awhile at different times of the day and different days of the week. You might discover a neighborhood that is quiet in the mornings but gets busy with traffic in the afternoons. If you can live with this, fine, if not, then your search continues.

These are just a few of the criteria to check when shopping a neighborhood for your new custom home. Check back for part two.