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Readers Weigh In: Choosing a Home’s Location

Would you rather live near your child's school or near your place of work? Here are the top answers from our poll.

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When looking for a home, location is a one of the most important factors that one needs to consider. Is it accessible? Are there transportation options? Is it safe? We’re sure you’ve asked these questions as well before making a final decision. Aside from these, you also need to think about how near or far the location is from your place of work and your child’s school.

While there are a few who enjoy being near both, there are some who had to choose one over the other. So we asked a million-dollar question: If you had to choose, would you live near your kid’s school or near your place of work? Majority of those who answered chose a location near the school for different reasons.

For safety and security


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“Children are of utmost priority. We’d rather have our kid’s school near our home for safety and practicality reasons. Work is dynamic and ever-changing.” —Philip

“I would prefer near my child’s school. My children will always be my top priority.” —Darvie

“For the safety, security, and comfort of my child, I would rather live near my child’s school. My child is and will always be my top priority in every choice, preference, and decision I make.” —Chriscj

“Near my children’s school—for convenience, safety, and practicality. It’s always better to put the welfare of the children first.” —Liezl

“[I will choose my] child’s school for safety and convenience.” —Theresa

“I’d probably choose near my child’s school. It’s easy to go to them if something goes wrong and to keep them safe all the time.” —Jhade

To avoid traffic and give them enough time to rest

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“It’s always his convenience first before mine.” —Jackelyn

“[I’d choose near my child’s school] for accessibility.” —Angelie

“They are kids and still young. They should not experience the difficulty in attending classes.” —Emilio

“We live near my school during my elementary days. It is very beneficial. After school, I can go home and go back to do after school activities. I feel free and not confined inside the house just to watch TV. I would do the same thing if I would have kids.” —Xen

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“[I would choose school as] the kids need to be well-rested.” —Alvin

“I prefer residing near my child's school, which is our current setup, because the proximity allows me to attend to school events and activities without the hassle of going through heavy traffic—especially on weekends. Also, in cases of emergency and my child's teacher requests my presence, it wouldn't take that long to arrive to school.” —Joanna

“I prefer to live near my kids’ school, where my kids don’t have to endure the stress and long hours of long commute. They will have more time for play and study, and they will be well-rested.” —Niña

“I’d prefer near my son’s school, as it is more convenient for him to travel less hours going to school every day. We always want my son to get enough sleep, enough time to eat breakfast and avoid the rush. And if the school is near our house, it makes it easier for someone from our family to go there in case of emergency.” —Dee

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“I’d choose near my child’s school. They will have stress-free travel and more time to be spent in playing and studying rather than be stuck at traffic. It will give me peace knowing that my children has arrived at school and home early.” —Haidee

“Prefer ko yung near my child’s school para hindi na kailangan bumiyahe ng malayo, kasi nakaka-stress din sa mga bata kapag malayo ang school. Hindi na rin kailangan gumising ng sobrang aga.” —Pamella

“I'd rather be the one suffering the long commute than having my kid go through all that hassle.” —Aileen

While most readers prefer to live near their child’s school, there are those who’d rather choose a place near their work for good reason.

“I used to fetch the kids from school and bring them to the office because I have irregular working hours. They stay with me in the office and I feel at peace knowing they are with me, and we are just a few minutes away from home.” —Tina

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“I work in Makati and my child in Assumption Makati and we live in Makati. It can be done. She can come to my office and I can easily go to her school and she and I just walk to get home. Very convenient.” —Macon

Buying or building a home goes beyond choosing the right location. You also need to look into the neighborhood and the developments being done in the area. Familiarize yourself with the common mistakes homebuyers make so you can arrive at an informed decision.

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