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5 Neighborhood Amenities That Increase Your Home’s Value


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We're Morley, a real estate company owned and operated by Bahamians with experience spanning four generations...

Oct 23 7 minutes read

Ask anyone the first rule of real estate and they’ll likely respond, “location, location, location.” Why is that? Location is critically important because it influences almost every aspect of your property, and it’s the one feature that you truly can’t change.

Whether you’re buying or selling in the Bahamas, the first thing you should consider is what the property’s neighborhood has to offer. Buying? The neighborhood’s amenities are the features you’re going to be able to enjoy while you’re living in the area—and they’re also going to help increase or decrease your property’s value over time. Selling? You can use the neighborhood’s offerings to price your home appropriately and highlight them in your listing to attract more buyers.

Which neighborhood amenities add the most value to your home? Check out these five.

#1: Mature trees

Mature trees are beautiful, beneficial, and highly valuable. It takes decades to grow them, and the advantages they provide extend far beyond aesthetics. Areas with mature trees enjoy more shade and cleaner air (National Library of Medicine) — as well as providing locals with improved mental and physical health.

It’s no wonder that mature trees improve property values so much. Whether your home has its own trees or the surrounding neighborhood is filled with them, mature trees can increase property value by up to 15%. Keep this in mind when selecting your next home — and if the property you’re selling has mature trees, don’t forget to feature them in your listing details and photos.

#2: Walkability

In a fast-paced world where we increasingly try to balance convenience and health, the ability to access amenities without a car or other means of transportation has become more desirable. A “walkable” neighborhood is one that is safe to walk withon and nearby amenities like grocery stores, banks, post offices, restaurants, parks, and schools. Being able to run errands nearby home reduces your carbon footprint. The idea of “high walkability” implies that many people could walk in that neighborhood comfortably and safely — but it’s also a good metric for those using scooters, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices to determine the closeness of amenities and the quality of any sidewalks and paths. 

How much does walkability increase property value? According to Redfin, “In U.S. cities, homes within walking distance of schools, shopping, parks and other urban amenities sell for an average of 23.5%, or $77,668, more than comparable properties that are car dependent” (Redfin).

#3: Dog parks

Dog parks or a large pet-friendly open area might feel like an oddly specific amenity that would increase home value, but the truth is that more people have dogs now than ever before. US statistics show that the number of new dog owners has grown 43% in the past 6 years. Additionally, people are trying to spend more time outside. One survey showed that people are spending 20% more time outside after the pandemic than before. As a result, houses located conveniently to dog parks or large pet-friendly areas become more valuable, and home prices in those areas rise.

#4: Nearby essentials

The essential services like healthcare, education, and shopping within a neighborhood play a significant role in the desirability and the value of its homes. This factor is similar to walkability — but it has more to do with the quality of amenities than it does with how you get there. Homes near well-rated schools, close to quality healthcare centers, and near well-stocked grocery stores tend to be more attractive to potential buyers. These nearby essentials not only make daily life more convenient but also add to the long-term appeal and value of your property.

#5: Future amenities

While the existing neighborhood amenities greatly influence property values, don't underestimate the potential impact of future development. A well-planned and growing community is more likely to see increased property values over time, with community improvements like nearby parks and trails, new shopping centers, and the addition of recreational facilities bringing and sustaining higher values. Savvy homebuyers and investors keep an eye on neighborhood development plans and the potential for future amenities, as they can be a strong indicator of the area's long-term growth and value appreciation.

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Whether you’re looking to buy a home in your ideal location or you want to sell a property in a desirable area, get in touch. Our team of experts is standing by to help you achieve your goals in this market.

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