(Closed) Beautiful house…but by a railroad track?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Honestly, you can get used to any noise. I grew up in a house less than a mile from Lambert International Airport and we had big ole jets flying over our house at all hours of the day and night. It was so loud it rattled the windows.

After a while, you don’t even notice anymore. 🙂

Post # 4
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did, it sucked. It went right behind my first apartment, it used to wake me up in the middle of the night because of the noise and it made the place rumble.

Post # 5
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Depending on how close it is, and how/when they blow the horn in relation to your house, you get used to it. However, the track by me (like a football field away) recently went silent (no horns in town) and it’s GREAT. So I guess I did notice the 2am and 6am trains, just not that I was aware of.

Maybe you can see if you can spend a night or two there (if it’s not occupied) to see what the noise level is like??

Post # 6
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

There is a house that we love too and I can’t get over the fact that it’s by a railroad. There’s something about it that I just don’t like. 

Post # 7
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How far are you from the tracks??  What kind of track is it?  We are actually about 1000 ft from a freight track so the trains dont pass by very often and the only time we hear anything is its completely quiet and it’s really distant so it doesnt bother us at all.  In the house on any normal day we dont hear it.  The only other annoying thing is that they arent supposed to toot their damn horns after a certain hour, but they do anyways…. so when I’m trying to sleep at night, I can hear the train and horn.  It’s not loud enough to wake me or my husband though once we’re asleep.

Post # 8
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow what a beautiful house! I’m wondering where you live since you found a huge house like that for such a small price. My FI’s first studio was 130,000 and it was smaller than that living room picture you posted.


Anyway, I’m rambling. In the studio we were across the street from the LIRR trains and they ran all night. Now they never actually blew any whistles but after a few weeks I got used to it and it got to a point where I didn’t even notice the noise.

What I did for the first few weeks was wear my ipod to bed with soft music playing (classical or white noise) to help me fall asleep til I got used to it.

Post # 9
3942 posts
Honey bee

I grew up about 2 miles from the train tracks, and I could hear the horns several times a day.

I hoenstly wouldn’t buy a house next to it. Even though you probably get used to the noise, I would be scared about resale.

Post # 10
3981 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@LizLemon:  I have and I hated it. The trains were so annoying when they rang their horn. And if you are anywhere near an intersection where the train crosses, expect to her it 50,000 times a night. If it is far enough away, it will be muffled and easy to get used to. Otherwise expect to be annoyed and made slightly crazy.

Post # 11
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I think you’ll probably be able to get used to it.  During college I lived in a tiny town with frequent trains that did have to use the horn at crossings.  After the first few nights, I never heard it again.  The folks that lived literally feet away from the train track had the most issues with it, but never enough to discourage them from living there.

I’d recommend trying to talk to as many neighbors as you can to see what they think about this particular situation with the train.  based on your exterior picture, it doesn’t look like the house is right on the train track (unless it’s across the street in the front) and it’s amazing what a buffer of a few houses can do.  If you’re planning on having young kids in the house, you might also try to ask the neighbors about that too – sometimes it’s easier for adults to tune out noise than kiddos during naptime, etc.

The house is beautiful!  Good luck!

Post # 13
221 posts
Helper bee

Are you planning on making it your long term house or are you planning on staying for five years etc. and them moving again? The reason I ask is obviously resale value. If this is a house you could picture yourself in long-term, then resale doesn’t matter as much. However, if you think you will move again soon, then you may want to consider it.

Post # 14
45 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

You’ll get used to it!  I used to live like 1/4 mile from train tracks (in my back yard) and it hardly EVER bothered me.  Now I live next to an airport and it isn’t that bad either.  The only plane that wakes me up is the 6am on Saturday morning.  The house is TOO gorgeous to pass up!  Congratulations =)

Post # 15
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The house is gorgeous! When I was younger I actually lived a block or two away from train tracks and you get used to is really quick. It was actually pretty cool! After a while I could tell if one was late or early. nice pass time:D

Post # 16
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I lived right next to some tracks when I was living in Switzerland and I loved it! I got to really love the sound of the trains and the horns. It was very comforting somehow. 

It’s possible that the trains in Switzerland are less annoying than the ones in Canada though. 

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