Community living is great for a lot of reasons. Whether it's rural, suburban, or urban, homeowners get the benefit of a well-manicured, safe neighborhood. Not to mention the influx of families creates a more kid-friendly environment, offering more family bonding opportunities than ever. Here are a few of IKO Community Management’s reasons why community living is the best place for family bonding:
- Community Events. Many communities offer neighborhood-wide events. Whether it’s a fall pumpkin-carving contest, baking contest, Easter egg hunt, or 5K benefitting a local charity, these (often free) events are great opportunities for family bonding. Keep an eye out, especially around the holidays, by checking your online neighborhood newsletter, lifestyle blog, or social calendar. Some associations will also post flyers in the community center. If you're looking for something a little more heartwarming…
- Community Volunteering. HOA boards are often comprised of volunteer homeowners, which means they need extra help periodically. It could be with organizing a holiday clothing drive, planning a bike race, donating time to game nights or potluck dinners, and so much more. With all of the extra hands in your family, these volunteer opportunities are the perfect time to make picture-perfect memories together. Not to mention, you can teach your kids the importance of giving back, and it'll make you feel good, too. In some communities, these can also create an opportunity for the children to earn community service credits for their school.
- Amenities. Who wouldn’t want to hang poolside while their kids play in the pool? Parents can catch some rays while the kids enjoy a summer splash in the community pool. If swimming isn't your family’s favorite pastime, many neighborhoods also have trails or walkways for evening family jogs as well as athletic courts and fields for a rousing game of one-on-one. However, if you're looking for a little adventure outside of your neighborhood…
- Location. Many community living areas are purposefully built just outside of major cities, which come with majorly fun family bonding opportunities. It could be a summer day trip to the museums and zoo or a brisk morning hike in a nearby national park. Maybe your family likes taking quick trips to a fast-casual restaurant for fun. No matter which activity your family chooses to do, the location of your community allows worthwhile bonding opportunities.
- Neighbors. HOA neighborhoods are known for being close-knit because boards often support and encourage neighborly bonding. You don't have to wait for the next community-wide event to bond with your family – or your next-door neighbors! Give them a call and schedule a get-together like a backyard barbecue or corn hole tournament. While you're getting closer to that family, you'll also be spending quality time with your own.
- Pets. Getting a four-legged friend is a great way to bond your family (and teach your little ones responsibility). You can walk them to the dog park or give them a bath in the front yard. Also, because most HOA boards have reasonable regulations regarding pets in the community, these neighborhoods are the perfect place for your new furry friend to safely grow and prosper.
When you’re deciding where to move next, consider looking at an HOA community. Not only will you receive amazing benefits like landscaping and weather-related services, but you'll also inherit a sense of long-lasting camaraderie and have access to countless family bonding opportunities. If you want more information about HOAs before you move, click below to download our latest white paper:
From all of us at IKO Community Management, happy family bonding!