House across from a school? To buy or not…

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
481 posts
Helper bee

Haruyou:  Personally, I wouldn’t do it, but that’s just because I really don’t like being around children. My partner and I couldn’t handle the noise, or children on the lawn, etc. If you don’t have similar aversions, though, the house sounds like a pretty nice deal!

Post # 3
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

If you dont mind the outrageous traffic every morning and afternoon when parents come to pick up and drop off kids…

Post # 6
5883 posts
Bee Keeper

Do you work? If so, you’ll never be around when parents and kids are being dropped off or picked up anyway (unless your hours might be the same as school), and the good part is that your summers will be completely quiet when school is out.

If you love the house,why not?

Post # 7
502 posts
Busy bee

Personally, the level of noise would be too much for me. I grew up two streets away from an elementary school and could still hear the shrieking, yelling, and school bells. However, if you don’t mind noise and a lot of kids up and down your street, then it should be fine.

Post # 9
1608 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I work at a school so I personally wouldn’t want to live near one (I like time away from school & children too). But if you don’t mind traffic at pick up and drop off times or arent home during the day to hear kids at recess then I say go for it!

Post # 11
1377 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Haruyou:  My grandparents live down the street (about 5 houses) from an elementary school, and she’s had multiple problems with people parking in or in front of her driveway, in front of her mailbox (the postman then skips becasue he can’t access the mailbox, and she doesn’t get her mail)….this elementary school does not have any real parking for drop off. The noise levels don’t really bother anyone – doesn’t seem to get noisy at all because it’s such a small school – but the parking has irritated her beyond belief. I would not live directly near an elementary school. 😛

Post # 12
179 posts
Blushing bee

I grew up nearly across the street from the elementary school that I attended and at which my mom was a kindergarten teacher. I really only noticed the bells if I was home sick, or home for the summer from college. The biggest disturbance was when they would do the pledge of allegiance and partriotic songs in the morning, which was blasted through the school-wide PA sysetm while the kids were lined up outside. But as I said, it was only unusual circumstances that led me to be home during those times. 

In short: I think it’s only an issue if you or your FI work from home and are sensitive to noise (most of the day, the kiddos should be inside). If you both work outside the home, I think it is unlikely it would be an issue. 

Good luck deciding! 

Post # 14
19 posts

I am a teacher and we are very lightly looking for homes. We know we want kids one day and I don’t know how it works in Canada, but here you can’t have a sex offender within a certain distance from a school. So, I would love to live right there. My future kiddos could walk and I know no one on the registery would be right there. Granted that doesn’t protect anyone nor does it stop people, but the thought just makes me feel better. I wouldn’t mind anything. I know the traffic when dropping off and picking up can be crazy, but you don’t know if it is a major bus school and there isn’t very many people dropping off or if it’s a big walk school. My current school has people walking. We don’t get a lot of people droping off so it wouldn’t be a big deal and I teach in Denver. Or if the school is considered average or above average. Those are things you may think about. 

Post # 15
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It only matters if YOU like it.  Schedule a viewing during the school day and hang out for a while to see if you can hear anything.  Maybe scope out the neighborhood in the morning and afternoon to see what it’s like during drop off and pick-up.  You might still have neighborhood kids playing on the playground/basketball courts during the weekends and summer so make sure either you can’t hear it or it isn’t so noisy it would be bothersome.  My only concerns would be noise and traffic, so if it seems like from the house’s location those wouldn’t be an issue I would definitely go for it.

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