Top Features to Look for in a Neighborhood
When looking to buy a home, it helps to see what is offered as far as amenities and top neighborhood features for the new home buyer. What will attract you and other caring home owners to a neighborhood to help build it into a caring and supportive community as well as raising your property values? Will it be outdoor spaces, overall neighborhood condition, local shopping opportunities, easy commutes or all of the above? In addition to custom built homes, The Orchards at Aura development has everything from proximity to shopping to open space connectivity to easy access to commuting routes and more making it attractive to home buyers.
Open Space Access & Connectivity
A great neighborhood feature to look for is if it is nestled among many walking and biking trails or is near several ponds, lakes and streams. These features allow folks to stay healthy, feel connected with the community and environment and motivate them to care for the area around them. One of the benefits of living in Elk Township is the outdoors. There are many u-pick farms in the area, hiking and walking trails can be found through websites such as South Jersey Trails and you can explore Elephant Swamp Trail on 300 acres of township protected land.
In addition to hiking and walking trails and just getting a good walk in around the neighborhood, folks can find many area playgrounds and ball fields for the kids to play on or for adult recreational leagues attractive as well. Getting the kids out to meet others in the neighborhood and pursue healthy activities and habits is important. Good relationships on the ball field can lead to good friendships and help with the development of a positive and valuable neighborhood. Elk Township offers several town recreational teams for youth soccer, basketball, Little League and softball.
Live & Eat Local With Nearby Community Gardens and U-pick Farms
In addition to sports, one can find fitness stations, community gardens and more at area playgrounds and fields in Gloucester County. Community gardens and CSA programs at area farms such as The McCann Farm are great ways to live local to The Orchards at Aura and allow you to get to know your neighbors and local farmers and have a connection to your food sources. Having pride in knowing where your local food comes from translates into community pride and neighborhood pride too. When looking for a home, drive or walk around and see if other homes are well maintained and landscaped. This level of upkeep is important for community esprit de corps as pride in your home helps the neighborhood to maintain a great reputation and quality of living.
A Supportive, Child-Focused School District
A strong school district goes a long way. When shopping for a new home, check out how happy parents are with the district, see how test scores communicate how the schools are performing and compare with other area districts. Schools should be child-focused and their curriculum should align with national trends such as a focus on cooperative learning and STEAM initiatives. In addition to a great quality of living, Elk Township is located within the Delsea Regional School District, which is composed of Elk and Franklin Township schools. Aura Elementary is the local PreK – 6th grade school and then students matriculate to Delsea Regional Middle and High Schools to complete their educations. Traditionally, Delsea has strong sports programs and offer summer enrichment programs as well.
A Lively Downtown Signals a Healthy Economic Pulse
In addition to quality schools, one can also seek out what there is to do on the weekends and in the summer when off from school. A strong shopping area and easy access to quality dining options are important to home buyers as it reflects the economic viability of the overall region. The Orchards at Aura can offer great weekend fun too as you can head to some of the many shopping destinations in the area. Downtown Glassboro has seen a surge in shops opening near Rowan University. The Gloucester Premium Outlets are not far away by car and Uptown Pitman has a wonderful downtown complete with restaurants, a theater, many shops and two breweries. Just as there are ways to source food locally, you can shop and support local business too.
Easy Access to Highways, Public Transportation and Walking Options
One can’t enjoy the fun things in the neighborhood if you are stuck in a long commute or high traffic area. So, easy access to highways, public transportation and walking options are all features that people study when choosing a new home. The Orchards at Aura are located near several major highways for commutes to Philadelphia, Vineland and Millville and shore destinations. Routes 55 and the New Jersey Turnpike are easily reached from the development to provide several options for reaching your destination. This also provides residents with options to explore the surrounding area on weekends.
As you can see The Orchards at Aura has a variety of great amenities to offer its residents. Whether you are a first time home buyer, scaling to a new home for your growing family or downsizing to a new home for retirement, The Orchards at Aura can be for you. Call us soon at 609-405-2755 to schedule an appointment to see our model home and talk about customization options, from exteriors to interior lifestyle choices to basement plans, for the home of your dreams.