Whether you’re one of the many new homeowner’s relocating to the Charleston area—or if you’re moving from one part of the Lowcountry to another— it’s no secret that it can be a tough transition, especially for the younger members of your family. Moving involves not only saying goodbye to familiar surroundings and adapting to a new home, but making new friends, adjusting to a new school, and finding new hangouts in the neighborhood. In addition to helping with your new home search
, The Guide
is here as a resource to help make it a smooth transition for your entire household.
Talking to your kids about the move in advance is a great way to ease them into the idea and build their excitement. Reading a book about the move can be a perfect approach to starting the conversation. My Storytime Corner
has compiled a great list of children’s books from toddlers to school-aged kids. You might even recognize a few familiar titles like The Berenstain Bears
On the topics of books another great “in” to your new community is the local library. Whether you’re moving to Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester county, your local library is sure to have not only a good selection of books but an active calendar of groups and events that can involve your whole family in the new community. Some new construction neighborhoods like Carolina Park
even have the benefit of a new public library built onsite.
One tremendous benefit of moving to a new construction community is that many have fantastic amenities. As the summer months approach and school lets out, the pool and recreational areas will be abuzz with activity. What better way to meet the new neighbors with kids the same age as yours? The Green Barn at Carnes Crossroads
in Summerville is a great example. Not only is it home to an incredible pool but it has regular outdoor concerts, yoga classes and farmers markets during the summer months. Cane Bay Plantation
and The Ponds
, two other master-planned new construction communities, even have vibrant YMCAs as part of the neighborhoods.
Another new construction advantage that’s sure to be on your radar is schools. Builders prefer to build in areas with strong school districts. Many Charleston area master-planned communities have award-winning schools within their neighborhoods. Nexton
and Summers Corner
are perfect examples. From any neighborhood page
on The Guide’s
website you can scroll to the bottom and click on “school district.” This will take you directly to the appropriate school district so that you can find all the information you need to get your kids squared away and settled in their new school by next fall.
Remember to be patient with yourself and your family as you transition to your new life. It won’t be long before you’re oriented, adjusted, and loving all that life in your new home, neighborhood and the Charleston area has to offer! To learn more about the new home options available, visit this complete list of area new home neighborhoods
and available homes
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