(Closed) Buying a house, near highway?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Would you buy your perfect house if it was close to a highway?

    Yes, since the house is obviously discounted

    No, it would need to be even cheaper.

    No, I would never buy near a highway even if it was my dream house.

  • Post # 16
    319 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

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    kimberlypaige28:  also remember that it’s $40,000 less now so when you go to sell it will still be worth $40,000 less than the other areas. If you aren’t planning to stay long term and if the property market went up could you then afford to move to the more preferable area. Just someyhing to think about.

    Post # 17
    13653 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Emissions and pollutants would be my first concern, resale the second. I wouldn’t consider it. 

    Post # 18
    436 posts
    Helper bee

    Another thing to think about is the current trend with flips. It could have been done the cheapest way possible, so while you may see great cosmetic work you cannot see if there are any problems with the bones of the house.

    Would I buy near a highway? No, never. Not even if the price was good. What if a car runs off the road, thru your fence, and slams into your backyard? It is not unheard of… actually, it happens a lot in my city. The environmental factors alone should be enough to convince you. A constant hum of traffic will wear on your hearing. The fumes and gas emissions will become a part of you.  Plus, the resale value. Yuck.

    Post # 19
    6936 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

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    kimberlypaige28:  Personally I wouldn’t. I don’t think the noise would bother me too much since you said you cannot hear it inside the house, but the contaminated air no way. I wouldn’t put my future children and myself at health risk. If it was just a busy street at some peak hours of the day, maybe I could live with that but being a highway, there is continous traffic all day long. $40k is really not that much to offset the dangers you and your family are setting up to.

    Post # 20
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    kimberlypaige28:  We sold our house that was near a highway and the buyers were concerned about the noise. We set up 2-3 visits for them to see how loud the highway was during traffic, during the daytime, and at night. They did end up buying our house, but it was a worry that went through our minds while trying to sell it. Our windows were also really good, you couldn’t hear a thing when they were closed. That still didn’t help when I wanted fresh air to go through the house during the summer. I also wanted to keep our windows open at night for cool air to sleep in, but every so often a motorcycle would go by and wake us up. You only need one motorcycle to go by in the middle of the night to disrupt your sleep! 

    My advise would be to visit it many times before buying and decide if it’s something you can live with. I do side with the other posters that when you want to sell, you may run into a harder time. We sold ours at a loss to ‘get rid of it’ and move into a better home. 

    Post # 21
    11280 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    As a real estate broker, I would caution you to always consider resale potential.  Even if this is to be your Forever Home–circumstances change, especially when you are young.

    Post # 23
    1311 posts
    Bumble bee

    No. I’m currently visiting my dad who doesn’t live on the highway but on a very busy street. I couldn’t sleep all night because of the noise, and one of his cats was recently killed by a car. I would not risk your children’s live for a cheap house. 

    Post # 24
    5938 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I personally couldn’t do it. We are out in our backyard quite a bit (except in winter) and that would drive me nuts.

    Post # 25
    9535 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    my neighborhood is in the corner of 2 highways.  there are huge barrier walls on the 2 sides.  we don’t hear a thing.  we are also 10 miles from the airport, the first week i lived in the house, i heard every plane fly over, now i don’t even know they are there.  i do hear the train come through every few weeks.  i think the tracks are about 5ish miles away.

    i love my neighbor and the location it is to everything and wouldn’t change a thing. plus there is no way for kids to actually get on the highway unless they put a ladder on the wall. there are hundreds of kids in my neighborhood and hundreds more in the neighborhood one up from us.


    can you go to the house at different times of the day to see what it is like? 

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    Post # 26
    2403 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I know you’ve said you’ll keep looking – I think that’s a good idea OP. The noise wouldn’t bother me, but the resale value would, and the fact that it was a flip (and this is coming from someone who bought a flipped house – cheap quality cosmetic upgrades, much bigger problems when you looked deeper – things an inspection wouldn’t find). I also wouldn’t buy it because this little 2 lane highway could be a huge 8 lane highway 5 years from now. You just never know. 

    Post # 27
    2152 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I live near a highway right now, and honestly, I don’t even notice the noise.  I thought it would be an issue when we bought the place, but neither us nor any of our neighbours have any issue with the proximity.

    Post # 29
    1576 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think it also depends on your area. I live in central Jersey. You pretty much can’t even buy a house that’s not nearby a highway. lol. So here, buyers wouldn’t be quite so wary. But if I lived in part of the country where there are billions of houses to choose from that arne’t near highways, you can bet I’d think twice about buying your house.

    Tip from someone who’s lived near lots of highways: It always seems fine when you walk in the house and can’t hear the highway noise. But now pretend it’s a beautiful day and you want the windows open. How’s the noise now? Can you watch a your favorite movie and stay in the moment? Can you have a phone conversation without someone saying “what?” a million times? Also remember the noise gets louder when it’s raining.

    Post # 30
    6907 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I grew up in the country and spent college in two different cities.  I can tune out C-5s, ambulances and trains thanks to various home locations.  BUT when we bought our house, we still made sure it wasn’t close to the highway – and we can hear it anyway.  Not inside, just like the place you’re looking at, but when we’re out we can hear air brakes on trucks occasional sirens and other highway noises.  It depends on the weather just what we hear – sometimes nothing at all.  For me, it’s about making our home more pleasant – less pollution/dust coming in, less noise, better scenery.  We could never live that close to a major road. 

    If you’re sort of ambivalent right now, consider the following before making your decision: how much will you need to discount for resale?  How likely is traffic to pick up over the coming years – is your area growing?  Is it on a hill (airbrakes)?, can you put up a sound muffling wall or plants to block it out?  Do you want to sit on your back porch and watch the cars go by?  Is there litter on the side of the road you’ll constantly be picking out of your backyard?  Is the road in good shape or will they be paving soon? Widening it?  

    If it’s all good and none of those possibilties bother you, go for it.  I very much doubt tuning out the noise will be hard if it’s your only qualm.

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