Many madrileños go about most of their daily life in their neighborhood and get to know the locals and many of their neighbors.
It´s essential before looking for a home to really know where it is you want to live. Depending on the neighborhood that you choose in Madrid, your stay and your cost of living will be very different.
If your selection depends largely on which schools are available in the area, you need to know that there are many great schools both in the city center and in the sorrounding suburbs. If you should choose an international private school, you will only find a few in the city center with most of them in La Moraleja and the Aravaca and Pozuelo areas. Regardless of your choice, Madrid is a very safe city.
As you begin house hunting, it is important to know the possible requirements of the houseowners. Before starting the search, you will have to decide if you want to rent or buy the furniture, and if you are going to bring all of your belongings with you or not.
To select a school we recommend you to read this post with information related to schools in Madrid. It´s important to plan the enrollment of your children in advance to your arrival so you are assured vacancies at the school you choose.