Before you choose an area, look around for signs of natural phenomenon, like being near a river which could burst its banks, or where there can be problems with flooding, or foul air from nearby factories. Traffic and Schools may be important if you have young children.
Then choose the house in the normal way, bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, outbuildings, garden etc.
Then, is the area prone to storm flooding? Or near a river? If so, make sure you on a hill, even if ever so slightly. Make sure the water will bypass you and go down the hill. An area where you can build a reversed "V" trench in an emergency may be useful, just in case.
The next thing to consider is, do you like morning coffee on the patio, or perhaps a sundowner in the evening? If your house is North or South facing and there are no high walls at the back, you'll be in luck.
If you like fast Internet, and the local exchange has fibre to your nearest green box, make sure you are fairly close to it as the rest of the way to the house is via old style copper wires. Unless you are willing to spend the sort of money to have pavements up-routed for new fibre cabling to your house.
The next thing to consider is, how is the area served for transport, both local and longer distance.
Then there are shops, here, the more important issue is, is there a small local food shop nearby for when you find you’ve run out of something. Supermarkets aren't as important as you can either order over the net or drive there.
If in the countryside, is there a pub fairly near by that also serves food? Or perhaps a nice restaurant? It is nice to get out now and again without having to go too far.
So, as you can see, you need to look at a little more than just your house, you have to think of children’s schools if you're young, or getting about when you grow old.
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