Archive for the ‘Neighborhood Boundaries’ Category

Building High-Quality Neighborhood Boundaries

on February 20, 2014 at 3:35PM

Neighborhood boundaries enable consumers to conduct meaningful searches for homes and apartments. They help people more easily find products and services through search and local search engines. They allow for precise messaging in geoadvertising, mobile marketing, social media and direct marketing use cases.

But to achieve all this, neighborhood boundaries must be accurate, current and complete.

Maponics strives to offer the highest quality Neighborhood Boundaries product on the market. Here are a few of our quality measures.

We Carefully Source Our Data

Our Data Acquisition (DA) department continually identifies new and relevant sources of neighborhood data, which our Production team then uses to verify current boundaries or build out new ones. Our Neighborhood Boundaries are updated continuously, and customers see the latest data reflected in the product’s next quarterly release.

Below is a local planning map from Bothell, Washington, which our Production team used to build neighborhood boundaries in the Seattle suburb:

Neighborhood Boundaries

The map on the left is from the local planning commission in Bothell, WA. Maponics neighborhood boundaries on the right are modeled on this authoritative source. (Click to enlarge.)

We Align Boundaries to Physical Features

Because neighborhood divisions reflect on-the-ground reality, we focus on aligning boundaries with physical features. We do not want to represent neighborhood boundaries as arbitrary lines that run through the trees or cut through houses.

Neighborhood Boundaries

Red lines signify boundaries for this neighborhood in Seattle. Note that although they’re close to area roads, they do not align perfectly. This error was fixed during our quality review. 

We Respond Swiftly to Customer Feedback

We encourage our customers to contact us with questions or comments about our data. Many customers also pass along end user feedback, which we also respond to.

When we get customer feedback, we let customers know what changes we’ll make and when they can expect to see those changes reflected in their data.

Below is an example of a change we made because of customer feedback. One of our social media customers asked us to adjust our boundaries around docks in a Seattle port. Rather than cutting around each dock individually, our customer asked us to move the boundary so that it skirts the entire dock area.

Neighborhood Boundaries

We originally drew the neighborhood boundary around each Puget Sound dock one by one – but based on customer feedback, we redrew the boundary to encompass the whole dock area.

We Include Alternate Names

Neighborhood names are somewhat changeable, so we include a primary name as well as alternate names in our Neighborhood Boundaries database.

Below is the Northgate neighborhood in Seattle, with its two alternate names in parentheses (Northwest Seattle and North Seattle). We verify the validity of alternate names through city data, Wikipedia entries and real estate websites, among other sources.

Neighborhood Boundaries

Primary and alternate neighborhood names.

Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries

Our Neighborhood Boundaries cover 156,000+ neighborhoods in North America, 19,000+ in Europe and 7,900+ in South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. That amounts to over 180,000 neighborhood boundaries in 67 countries worldwide.

By focusing our efforts on completeness of coverage, accuracy, continual maintenance and quarterly releases, we maintain the industry standard for Neighborhood Boundaries.

Contact us today to learn how to integrate Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries into your application.

 

Top 10 Most Affordable Neighborhoods with the Best Schools

on January 13, 2014 at 2:29PM

When buying a home, many people choose properties based on the quality of local public schools, particularly high schools.

But homes that are served by high-performing schools are often more expensive than similar homes with lower ranked schools, making them out of reach for some families.

In fact, a Brookings Institution report found that in some cities, it’s more affordable to enroll your child in private school than to pay for housing in a school attendance zone with a high-scoring public school.

To help home buyers find affordable homes with high-quality public schools, we compiled a list of the Top 10 neighborhoods in the largest U.S. metro regions that are serviced by well-ranked public high schools and also contain affordable real estate and very low to moderate crime levels. Affordability is based in part on Realtor.com’s affordability calculator. (Read more about our methodology.)

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with the Best Schools

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons 

1. West La Verne in Los Angeles, CA

Median home price for Los Angeles: $442,000 / Median home price for West La Verne: $386,500

Bonita High School: Top 7% of California high schools (122nd of 1791)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 2/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: Positively Naperville

2. Wheatland South in Chicago, IL

Median home price for Chicago: $269,841 / Median home price for Wheatland South: $266,250

Neuqua Valley High School: Top 2% of Illinois high schools (13th of 672)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 1/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: Findthebesthouse.com

3. Kingwood in Houston, TX

Median home price for Houston: $240,265 / Median home price for Kingwood: $193,375

Kingwood High School: Top 6% of Texas high schools (88th of 1643)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 1/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with the Best Schools

Image Source: Gribble Nation

4. Flourtown in Philadelphia, PA

Median home price for Philadelphia: $283,825 / Median home price for Flourtown: $287,500

Springfield Township High School: Top 10% of Pennsylvania high schools (63rd of 676)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 2/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: Active Rain

5. The Spectrum at Val Vista in Phoenix, AZ

Median home price for Phoenix: $241,791 / Median home price for The Spectrum at Val Vista: $228,000

Campo Verde High School: Top 10% of Arizona high schools (48th of 498)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 2/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: Rent Bits

6. Eckhert Crossing in San Antonio, TX

Median home price for San Antonio: $202,308 / Median home price for Eckhert Crossing: $125,150

Marshall High School: Top 26% of Texas high schools (414th of 1643)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 2/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: North San Diego Living

7. Lake San Marcos in San Diego, CA

Median home price for San Diego: $484,700 / Median home price for Lake San Marcos: $455,000

San Marcos High School: Top 14% of California high schools (247th of 1791)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 1/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: KB Home

8. Valley Brook in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, TX

Median home price for Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex: $267,926 / Median home price for Valley Brook: $161,500

Central High School: Top 9% of Texas high schools (132nd of 1643)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 1/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: Yelp

9. Hammer in San Jose, CA

Median home price for San Francisco Bay Area: $656,300 / Median home price for Hammer: $547,500

Pioneer High School: Top 8% of California high schools (136th of 1791)

Overall Crime Score: Moderate at 6/10

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Best Schools

Image Source: Austin Home Listings

10. The Oaklands in Austin, TX

Median home price for Austin: $266,471 / Median home price for The Oaklands: $242,967

Round Rock High School: Top 12% of Texas high schools (185th of 1643)

Overall Crime Score: Very Low at 1/10

Family-Friendly Neighborhoods

We hope home buyers and real estate professionals will use this list to identify some of the country’s most family-friendly neighborhoods. In these locations, consumers can purchase affordable homes for their families and send their children to top-ranked public high schools, without worrying about high crime levels.

Contact info@maponics.com for further information about our data and how it can be used within the real estate industry.