- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Emissions and pollutants would be my first concern, resale the second. I wouldn’t consider it.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for your advice everyone. I had not even really thought of the emissions/air quality issue. this really confirms my worry of resale too, to see how many people would automatically be uninterested due to the highway.
As some one mentioned, the $40k difference is off of $200k, not $600. which is why it felt like such a great deal. I think we will just keep looking 😊 thanks!
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.
I personally couldn’t do it. We are out in our backyard quite a bit (except in winter) and that would drive me nuts.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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