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How can you get to know your neighbourhood?

By Louise Morrin

Any new neighbourhood can cause the most confident of us to be suddenly shy. It’s especially so if you move into a quiet area like Hurstville or a peaceful suburb like Kogarah Bay. You’re the new kid on the block and it’ll feel like you’ve got a giant sign on your forehead.

Once you’ve settled in and unpacked all your moving boxes, it’s a good idea for you to overcome your shyness and get to know the neighbourhood. What are the best ways to go about it?

Lace up your shoes

If you never venture out on foot beyond your front gate, it’s hard to meet new people when you’re hidden behind the metal casing of your car. Going for a walk around the suburb also gives you the chance to notice much more. There will be many small shops and parks hidden in the nooks and crannies of your neighbourhood, which can improve the liveability of your new location.

Pay attention to the locals, too. If you see them with a fancy milkshake or delicious boxes of takeaway food, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask them where they got it from. It’s not only a good way to make friends, but also to scope out the best eateries around town.

Check out community notice boards

Most people breeze past these boards, but if you stop and have a read, you’ll find a lot of community news and events, as well as services, free stuff and possibly even advice. These can be found in small corners of busy shopping areas, within libraries or past the checkout at supermarkets.

Ask the professionals

Reach out to those that work in real estate, as they’ll know the area best. If you’re deciding between suburbs, chat to your real estate agent about the culture of the place. It could be the deciding factor in where you choose to live!

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