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Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a nice place to settle down, neighborhoods with a rich historical background could offer many benefits for you and your family. Here are some of the great things you may experience by living in a historic neighborhood:

Potentially Lower Crime Rates
Finding a neighborhood that’s safe is important to anyone seeking a new home. Historic neighborhoods have clearly been around for a long time, often resulting in older, lifelong residents who are invested in the safety and upkeep of their neighborhood. Effective crime-prevention programs and regular maintenance of the streets are all something that these folks may have voted for in local elections.

More Educational Opportunities
Another benefit of living in a well-established, historic neighborhood is that public programs like schools, libraries and parks tend to be better funded. The neighborhood may also have local events to celebrate its heritage, giving you and your family a peek into history and a greater understanding of what brought about the charming place. Live reenactments of historical events, fairs and artistic performances are frequently found in areas that carry their history with them.

Improved Neighborhood Dynamics
Homes for sale in historic neighborhoods are often more sought after because of the ability to form connections with neighbors. In tight-knit neighborhoods, you’ll be surrounded by people you can rely on during hard times and have greater peace of mind when allowing your children to play outside on their own. With the neighborhood’s lower turnover rate, you have the opportunity to form lasting friendships, as well as be a part of a familiar community and culture that will really feel like home.

Grand Architecture
An established neighborhood tends to have a higher density of older homes maintained to preserve their historical appearance. Depending on the area and history, these homes are likely to have arching ceilings, pillars, decorative awnings, towers, balconies and other features that will make even a small home feel like something out of a storybook.

If you’re considering moving to a historic neighborhood, you’ll reap many benefits from the culture and the stability that comes with it. Don’t turn away a home solely based on the year it was built, but rather, consider the possibilities that come with superior architectural design and living in a safe and stable neighborhood.

No matter where you live, your house is only a home if it’s where you love to be.

Source: Meghan Belnap/RISMedia’s Housecall