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When you move into a new home in Milpitas California, you’re going to have a period of adjustment.  You’re probably used to doing things in a certain way.  You’ve had a certain routine in your old home.  Maybe you had a favorite grocery within walking distance. It could be that the grocery store in your new neighborhood is a short drive away, rather than a short walk.  This isn’t a huge inconvenience, just something that you have to get used to doing.  You’ll have to figure out the good places to order food from or to go to when you want to pick up your morning latte.  If you have kids, you’ll have to find parks and play grounds.  Here are a few tips that will help you get acquainted with your new neighborhood:

Walk Around.  This is the best way to get to know your new neighborhood.  You can miss things when you’re in a car but this won’t happen when you’re walking around, since you don’t need to concentrate on driving. You’ll have all the time you need to take in the shops, restaurants, salons and other forms of entertainment your neighborhood might have to offer.  In fact, Forbes suggests that you should check out the walk score of your new address by going to walkscore.com.  This might help you find small, out-of-the-way places that you start to love. 

Go Grocery Shopping.  Every human has three basic necessities: food, clothing and shelter.  You’ve already purchased a new home and we’re assuming that you have clothes!  However, you need to figure out what’s available in terms of groceries in your new neighborhood. Where is the best stocked grocery? Are there any stores that specialize in organic foods? What ethnic markets are nearby? Is there a farmer’s market on certain days?  It’s a good idea to explore all these options.  Even if you don’t cook that much, you should have more ready-to-eat options available around you. 

Eating Out.  You probably don’t want to spend too much money after moving to a new neighborhood because you’ve already spent quite a bit on moving and decorating.  Still, you should go out once a week and try a new eatery in your neighborhood every time.  Huffington Post suggests an app called OpenTable which is great for finding places to eat in your new neighborhood.  Their article includes an entire list of apps which can be useful to new homeowners, from decorating apps to organizational ones. 

Ask People.  If you’re looking for something that you’ve been unable to find, why not ask people about it?  This is a great way to get to know others in your neighborhood and discover new things at the same time.  For example, if you want to find a new hair salon, ask a neighbor who seems to be well-groomed.  Start with a compliment like, “I love you hair cut” and follow it up with a question like, “What salon do you usually go to?”  If you’re getting a cup of coffee, chat with the barista as long as there isn’t a huge line behind you.  The maître d’ of any restaurant will probably be happy to answer your culinary questions with regard to the neighborhood.  Trulia also has some great tips about meeting people in your new neighborhood.  They suggest using your existing networks like a church or any other organization that you might be a part of. 

Event Information.  There are usually places in every neighborhood where people cluster together for information about events.  You need to find out where this happens in your neighborhood.  Maybe there’s a local bookstore where people put up signs about what’s going on.  Or  maybe this happens at the neighborhood library.  It may even be a local coffee shop which promotes the arts and keeps track of what’s going on in the area.  Look through the signs people have put up.  You might find interesting events that will help acquaint you with your neighborhood.

Contact us for more great ways to get acquainted with your new neighborhood.