Before you pack up and move to the newest subdivision in town, maybe a little "heads up" is in order. There are several good (and not-so-good) things to consider--at least in my opinion...
Pro/Con 1: Everything is New - The wonderful pro of a new subdivision is that everything is new! New houses, new landscaping, new yards, new neighbors. This cons of all this "newness" is the lack of mature trees, the mud pits as new houses are coming up, the construction equipment going up and down your road early in the morning and the lack of privacy. In a new subdivision with ongoing construction, you have strangers on your street daily for months at a time. With all the new houses, it takes time for newly planted trees to grow, or it takes time for fellow neighbors to put up fences--all of this can make you feel sort of "exposed". It was a hard adjustment for me when we moved from an older established neighborhood to a new one. However, you do adjust. You don't feel exposed forever. The construction ebbs and flows and (eventually) fences go up, trees begin to grow and new neighbors become familiar faces.
Pro/Con 2: Everything is Familiar - In a newer subdivision, things become familiar fast. For instance, your house may look similar to others on your street. A lot of people will call these "cookie cutter" houses at times because they feel the houses are too similar, but, if you happen to love the look of your house, then you will feel comfortable with the overall look of your neighbors' homes too. Maybe they aren't quite "cookie cutter" in their look, but, maybe they constructed by the same builders or same few builders. There is an instant understanding of your neighbors when you kind of know what kind of home they may have, too. It may give you ideas on how you want your landscaping to look (or not look) and it can make you feel like you are part of a community instantly. A con of this is lack of diverseness. When homes are around the same price point, a lot of the people may be similar in age. If they mostly are your age, that might be a cool thing, but for me (at first) it took me a bit to adjust in my particular 'hood. Since we downsized from a larger, older home and neighborhood to a smaller, new home in a new neighborhood, a lot of our new neighbors were quite a bit younger than us with growing families. I immediately felt out of place--like I didn't belong--I mean, I used to be the one with the young family! However, this too changed the longer I lived in my new neighborhood. My husband and I enjoy watching the young kids go up and down on our road in playing with each other and seeing some that started as really tiny, now riding their bikes by. What felt like a con, became a pro. It's all in how you see and feel things.
Pro/Con 3: Everything is Protected - In a lot of new subdivisions they have covenants or basic guidelines for the neighbors to follow. Usually, these are intended to keep the neighborhood safe and pretty--thus protecting your biggest investment. Some even literally have gates that only residents and guests of residents can come through to keep it even more safe. Being protected is a good thing--except when you may want something different on your property that doesn't line up with the neighborhood convenant. Then, it may feel like a con to you. The good thing is, when you are looking at a home in a particular neighborhood, your real estate agent can find out if there are any covenants and what they are so you can choose if you want those particular protections or not and if not, then you can choose another neighborhood.
Pro/Con 4: Everything is Always Changing - The last pro (and con) is the never ending change that goes on in a new subdivision. Granted, change happens in EVERY neighborhood, but, in a newer subdivision, changes happen a lot faster than in an older, established neighborhood. In an older neighborhood, people will move in and out, but, you don't see as many drastic landscape changes or big amounts of neighbor changes in a given year. The first year we lived in our new house, there were 7 new houses built. That is 7 new families. 7 less empty lots. 7 new houses to look at. 7 new front lawn lights (those are required in our neighborhood) and SEVERAL new vehicles coming and going! And that was all in about 10 months time! It was hard to keep up with all the new faces and pets being walked by our house! Now this doesn't go on ALL the time. (The whole ebbing and flowing I talked about earlier). I found out that you generally have a break in all the changes for a bit where you can get used to things again. But, don't get too used to all the changes, because there are new ones coming just around the corner! For me, this is the biggest Pro/Con out of all of them for me. I love the excitement of new homes and new faces, but, the start of new construction or the unknown of how things will be next is extremely stressful for me. After the initial being irritated that things are changing (again) my husband and I will talk about how nice the house down the street is coming along....or how lovely the new family is next door or how adorable a particular child or pup is walking by.
For me, the hardest thing was the difference between what my expectations and what the reality is in living in a new subdivision. I had lived in a new subdivision a few times as a child, but, as an adult it all looked and felt different to me --way different--than I expected. It took me a while to really adjust to the new digs, but, I did adjust. In fact, I do feel good here and feel like I belong (even if I am the oldest woman on my road!) Only thing is now that I really like the place, we've decided we downsized too much and are moving to a larger home in an older 'hood again.
This time to a "fixer upper"...
I wonder if my expectations are all incorrect for that too? Do you think the Property Brothers are too busy to come help me out?!