Post # 31
We looked at a beautiful house that we wouldn’t have been able to afford if it wasn’t in close proximity to a highway. I loved it until we went out back on the deck. Gorgeous backyard but LOUD. My only thought was I would never enjoy entertaining or even just hanging out back there, so even though it was gorgeous it was useless to me. As soon as I came back inside I told my husband this was a dealbreaker for me.
We compromised instead on a smaller home to keep within budget. But I can enjoy my backyard!
Post # 32
I used to live in a wooded area, well back from, but below, a busy street – by no means a highway, but busy, especially during rush hour. It was ok in the summer but in winter the exhaust smell was horrible and found a way into the house. Even air cleaners didn’t take away the stench. I will never, ever live below road grade again.
Post # 33
We live about a half mile from a two lane highway without a lot of traffic, and I still am not fond of the highway. I would certainly never live any closer to the highway than we do because I can still hear vehicles go by on quiet evenings – not loud, but audible. Like PPs have mentioned, there are a lot of pollutants near highways, and I would never want to raise children near a main road of any sort. Even if you pay more for “less house”, I would consider it worth it. There is a reason for the saying in real estate that the 3 main considerations in buying a home are 1) Location, 2) Location and 3) Location.