If Your Kids Could Have Their Way, Where Would They Move

Young professionals without kids have the freedom to move based on personal preference, financial reasons, and job opportunities. Often, high-paying jobs and seemingly endless amenities for entertainment, dining, and sightseeing draw people to bustling, costly cities on the coast. Parents, however, operate under a different must-have list where high priority is given to finding family-friendly neighborhoods with ample outdoor space.

To define the best areas for kids, Zillow analyzed 100 of the nation’s largest cities, grading them on commute times, child population, and kid-friendly amenities like theme parks and playgrounds. Consider the following four cities that made the top 10 kid-friendly cities list.

Fort Worth

Out of the top 10 cities for kids, Fort Worth holds the highest percentage of youngsters at 16.1% of the total population. In addition, 13.8% of homes listed for sale in Fort Worth include kid-friendly terms such as “playroom” and “custom treehouse,” which helps relocating parents narrow their scope. Fort Worth holds four parks and 0.02 theme parks per 10,000 residents, while the median yard size is a comfortable 5,742 square feet. M/I Homes’ Creekwood community in Saginaw, located just north of the city, is representative of Fort Worth family living. Creekwood holds recreational fields, lake access, and green space. Various amenities, including a duck pond, fishing pond, biking trails, playgrounds, and swimming pools, are fundamental for families with children. Plus, close access to I-35W minimizes driving time to and from work for employed parents.

 San Antonio

At no. 4 on the best kid-friendly cities list, San Antonio kids make up 14.6% of the city’s population. House hunters with kids might have an easier time finding the perfect place given 14.3% of listings depict kid-friendly amenities. What San Antonio lacks in accessible public parks – two per 10,000 people – it makes up in yard size at a median 6,211 square feet. San Antonio also holds one of the higher theme park proportions of the top 10 cities at 0.04 per 10,000 residents. If you’re searching for family-friendly homes near San Antonio, consider the Waterford Park community. Waterford Park includes a community pool, playscape, open space and cabana for both adults and children to enjoy. This Alamo Ranch new construction community is located within the highly-rated Northside Independent School District, which feeds into several distinguished elementary, middle, and high school public facilities.

 Charlotte

Charlotte is the sixth best city for child rearing, based on its large kid population (14.3%) and numerous tot-approved listings (8%). With four parks and 0.03 theme parks per 10,000 people, Charlotte doesn’t lack profuse amusement. Still, Charlotte’s distinct attribute is the city’s sizable backyards at a median 10,549 square feet. Avery Park, a new home site in Cornelius, is a prime example of kid-friendly living near Charlotte. Avery Park offers easy access to Lake Norman, parks, playgrounds, a community garden, and dog park. Residents benefit from a convenient location, just 20 minutes north of Uptown Charlotte, facilitating faster commute times throughout the work week.

 Dallas

Dallas comes in no. 10 of the best cities for kids with 15.7% kids and 7.6% of homes listed with kid-friendly terms. Dallas offers three public parks and 0.02 theme parks per 10,000 residents. The median yard size of 7,133 square feet designed to satisfy any energetic toddler proves everything truly is bigger in Texas. Castle Point is a prime community for single-family house hunters. Located in Garland, northeast of downtown Dallas, Castle Point is a few miles away from George Bush Turnpike and minutes from major highways. In addition, Castle Point is within walking distance of Springfield Park and the Rowlett Creek Preserve, while the greater Garland area holds thousands of acres of green space and nature trails.

While kids are destined to enjoy green space and neighborhood amenities, parents are wise to weigh job opportunities, local schools and real estate prices alongside family must-haves. Luckily, many of these major cities fit everybody’s best interest – regardless of age.

**Jennifer Riner writes about rentals, home improvement and design for Zillow Blog.

3 Areas to Buy New Construction Homes Near San Antonio

San Antonio is alive with arts, entertainment and culture from the Alamo to the River Walk. Tourists flock to the city every year.

But the city is more than simply a tourist attraction. It’s a convenient location to raise a family. Residents enjoy quality schools and kid-friendly attractions and communities. Families considering moving to San Antonio have many things to look forward to, however, finding an affordable home with all the community benefits is challenging.

Currently, homes in the San Antonio market have a median listing price of $240,000, which is similar to Texas’ overall median list price of $224,990. Many U.S. markets are highly competitive, making the search for the perfect family home difficult. Exhausting bidding wars are common for families competing for their ideal homes. One option to curb these competitive negotiations is to build or purchase a new construction home.

New construction homes provide advantages families can’t ignore. First, personalizing a new construction home allows parents to modify or tweak home layouts to suit their family’s needs. Next, a new construction home requires much less maintenance than older homes.

All homes require annual maintenance costing 2 to 5 percent of the home’s value. Not only are recently-built homes less costly to maintain, builders must meet updated building codes resulting in greater energy efficiencies than older homes. New construction homes are reliable and quality investments that families should consider when making a fresh start.

Families interested in the benefits of buying a new construction home should review these three San Antonio areas before making the big move.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels, just 45 minutes from downtown San Antonio, is a popular community for families due to its low crime rates and high-ranking schools. The median list price for homes in New Braunfels is $240,000, aligned with San Antonio. The area has plenty inventory for buyers to avoid competition, with more than 250 new construction homes for sale. Alternatively, a newly-built home pairs nicely with its new construction neighbors. New construction homes are often built in suburban-style developements, offering buyers access to communal parks and shared common areas. Buyers who prefer more privacy and acerage outside of developments can work with builders to personalize home designs.

Schertz

The Schertz community, positioned on the northeast side of San Antonio, is known for its family atmosphere and short commute time. Like New Braunfels, new construction is popular in traditional suburban neighborhoods. Schertz currently has more than 100 new construction homes listed for sale with a wide variety of single-story and two-story homes. Most communities have shared parks and recreation areas close to home, yet off the property to reduce clean up and maintenance. The median listing price of homes in Schertz is $246,000 – only slightly more expensive than New Braunfels.

Helotes

The city of Helotes is located on the northwest side of San Antonio, offering homebuyers a secluded location that blends small-town charm with urban conveniences. Helotes is ideal for families who prefer older, residential neighborhoods to developments. The community is upscale and private with a median list price of $410,300. New contruction homes in Helotes are generally built on larger properties than homes in New Braunfels and Schertz. Families interested in purchasing a newly-constructed Helotes homes can find 10-15 current listings, fewer than the other communities highlighted.

Whether weighing the pros and cons of a new construction home, these three San Antonio areas provide new construction benefits in family-friendly communities. Find more new construction homes in the San Antonio area by visiting Zillow.com.

M/I Homes is proud to build new homes in San Antonio.  Check out our move in ready homes, some of which are located in these popular areas!

**Guest Blogger Nick Elam of Zillow. Nick is a Marketing Content Coordinator at Zillow. He writes about local data topics, real estate, home improvements and interior design for the Zillow Blog and other Zillow partners.

 

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