Located in eastern Alabama, the community of Opelika offers residents a laid-back, small-town alternative to the neighboring city of Auburn. With a gorgeous historic downtown, state-of-the-art schools and loads of green space, there is plenty to love about Opelika — which is why so many people are seeking to make a home here. But even so, finding the perfect home for you can be a challenge. As a preferred new home builder in Opelika’s Camelot neighborhood, Lowder New Homes is familiar with this area, and we have a few tips for helping you find Opelika homes for sale.
1. Get to know the neighborhoods.
Like any other town, Opelika has a variety of neighborhoods, each with its own sense of character. Choosing a home also includes choosing a neighborhood you’re comfortable with. If you can, spend a little time driving through town, and you’ll discover a bit more about what it might be like living here.
2. Choose an area that suits your needs and interests.
Do you have a specific school in mind to send your kids? Try looking for a home in an area near that school or within the school district. Do you love golf? Focus your attention on the neighborhoods near the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Are you a healthcare professional trying to find a place near work? Look in the neighborhoods near the East Alabama Medical Center. Your life outside the home should inform where your home should be.
3. Prepare your wishlist and budget.
What features are you looking for in a home? Do you want something traditional and historic, or something modern and new? How many bedrooms/bathrooms do you need? What about outdoor space? Make two lists — one that contains “must-have” non-negotiables and one that is a “wish list” of things you’d like to have. Try to narrow your search to homes that hit all your “must haves” and as many boxes on your wishlist as possible. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by choosing a new construction neighborhood that allows you to pick and choose floorplans, features, and luxury upgrades before the home is built. You’ll also need to know how much home you can afford, so get prequalified at your local mortgage broker so you can focus on homes within your budget.
4. Browse online.
Real estate listings can be found online nowadays, and websites like Zillow and Trulia carry the most current information on new home constructions for sale in Opelika. You may or may not find exactly what you’re looking for, and you’ll still need to visit some homes in person — but browsing online will give you an idea of the different kinds of homes available.
5. Look at the newer developments.
Opelika is a growing community, and there are a number of brand-new subdivisions coming up around the area. New construction homes in these subdivisions are often comparable in price to existing homes, and you have the added benefits of working directly with the builder to customize the home with the features you want. To keep track of upcoming move-in-ready new construction home listings in Opelika, we recommend checking out our Camelot neighborhood page.
If you’re looking for homes for sale in Opelika, Lowder New Homes can help you get into a brand-new construction in desirable Camelot for less than you might think. To discuss availability and floor plans, give us a call at 334-270-6789.