Post # 1
My husband and I are seriously, seriously considering putting an offer in on a house that we toured. One thing that I’m very nervous about is that next door is a house that has been converted into a 3 unit rental property. However, it looks well maintained and when I toured the house (and when I drove by 3x), it was very very quiet and I only saw 1-2 cars in the driveway.
The neighborhood is a cute older neighborhood with a little tiny “downtown” area and there are a fair number of rentals spread throughout, probably less than 15% of the properties. I just don’t know how I feel about living next door to one…
Has anyone had experience with this?
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
nightcheese: It really depends. Drive by a few more times during different times of the day and night (even better this weekend you can see what it’s like on a major holiday weekend to see if they throw parties.) Observe what kinds of renters they are (are they young college kids or young professionals or older people with kids or seniors?) Are you close to a college or hospital (i.e. would you expect students or interns as renters?) You won’t be guaranteed that your renters will always be the same but it will give you an idea of what to expect.
We rent a unit in a quadplex which is surrounded by single family residences. We’re definitely on the quiet side even though there are college kids in two of the other units (the fourth unit is another young professional like myself.) There are a lot of comings and goings late at night, especially on the weekends because we live within walking distance of the downtown bar district. Maybe once every few months residents or their guests are loud and rude but it’s nowhere near as bad as when I lived in a regular apartment complex.
Post # 3
Good advice from the pp. Go at night several times . Any property can be quiet in the day time when people are at work.
Post # 4
beachbride1216: thanks, those are great ideas. i’ve been by in the evenings after work so far and it has still been quiet. but you’re correct in that this weekend could be a good opportunity to scope things out.
it’s a little suburban area- the only things within walking distance are a diner, a coffee shop and some antiques stores. interestingly enough, i currently rent in the part of town that is within walking distance to bars, haha!
my mom suggested knocking on neighbors doors but i’d rather not be labeled as a weirdo if i end up buying this place. i actually just found police reports for the area on the town’s website. so far, so good.
Post # 5
I would also recommend googling the address next door and trying to find an old listing for the rental units on a site like Zillow. Knowing how expensive the units rent for can give you a better idea of who might be renting (college students tend to go cheaper, families who are established may be able to spend more, etc)