Formula for a Good Neighborhood

The Metroplex is growing like crazy from the influx of folks moving here from all over the country. One of the most stressful things about moving from out of the area is figuring out if you’re moving into a good neighborhood.

All of the real estate sites provide information about schools, crime rates, sale comps, but are those statistics really valid?

I think not. So, I’ve devised the following formula to help you find out if you’re moving into a good neighborhood.

It’s a little bit of work, but isn’t your peace of mind worth it?

The formula uses the types of businesses that are within a two mile radius of your prospective home.

It is as follows:

(B+HV) X Sb X (PfC +Ch) X (LS + WC)

In laymen’s terms, take the number of banks and add the number of Hollywood Video stores. Take the result and multiply that by the number of Starbucks. Multiply that by the product of the number of P.F Chang’s and Chipotles in the area.

And finally, multiply that by the number of liquor stores and William’s Chicken locations (not KFC, not Church’s–has to be William’s Chicken).

If your result is over zero, you may want to consider another area.

7 Comments so far

  1. Carla (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

    There is a “WC” about 5 miles from my neighborhood. No “LS” though. Nothing ever gave me the idea that my neighborhood is bad. You’ve enlightened me. (NOT!) I guess I should move huh?

  2. Chris (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    The WC is outside of the 2 mile radius. You are safe. No need to be alarmed.

  3. Jayna (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

    *scratches head*
    You might be onto something. Can you figure into that some kind of equation between cool old houses, ugly new ones replacing the cool old ones, and proximity to Whole Foods?

  4. Nikki (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

    I live off of Gaston in east Dallas. I don’t have a Williams Chicken nearby, but we do have Brother’s Chicken. Does that count for something? :)

  5. Chris (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    Jayna’s comments remind me of the neighboorhoods south of LBJ & Montfort/Hillcrest.

    When I worked at AT&T by the Galleria, we used to go to estate sales during lunch at these HUGE 50’s/early 60’s era houses that had amazing and funky layouts.

    They’re rapidly being replaced by these gaudy McMansions (I fricking hate the word, but that’s about the only thing that fits).

    Hmmm, now that I think about it, there IS a Whole Foods just east of that area.

  6. Brian (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

    I am not sure everyone is seeing the humor here… last I checked fried chicken was fried chicken…unless of course you are implying something else by this statement…in which case that would make you a racist.

  7. marksearcy (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 6:36 pm

    Come on now…why the liquor stores and William’s Chicken combo?

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