(Closed) House across from a school? To buy or not…

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
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Worker bee

Too much traffic and noise for me. 

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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Haruyou:  We lived across from an elementary school- with some crazy, boisterous kids.  Honestly, it wasn’t that big of a deal.  Once in awhile, there were field days and you could hear kids outside– but it wasn’t bad.

 

But in an opposite scenario– my son’s school is in a residential area.  There are houses on three sides of it.  The street that faces the front of the school probably has it the best- and the street that faces the back of the school probably has it the worse– some teachers park over there– and all parents park over there when picking thier kids up– you have to go in to the school to get the kids.  I’d be really annoyed if I had to park on the street and I lived on that street.  You don’t need a parking permit to park there. 

Buses line the front side of the school AFTER school– but it’s for a relatively short time so I think that would be OK- plus all of the those houses seem to have driveways.

 

What would REALLY drive me nuts though– it all the traffic the morning.  There aren’t enough stop signs- and buses are dropping kids off, then turning the corner and stopping for a bit.  Then there’s the mess of parents dropping thier kids off- and speeding off.  Annoys me like crazy– and we don’t live right there- I’m just a fellow parent dropping my own kid off.

 

If you love the house, I don’t know that a school would drive me away from the house.  Even when the kids are out on the playground- they aren’t screaming thier heads off like crazy (usually)– just be prepared for a little bit of traffic once in awhile.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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Haruyou:  You have to do what’s right for YOU– but there are a lot of people on here who seem to want perfection.  

In a perfect world, I probably wouldn’t live across from a school.  But if I truly loved a house, I don’t know that I would pass it up- just because it’s across from a school.  Does that make sense?

I think you have to decide how much you love the house.

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I live 2 houses down from an elementary school and I like it. Our dog doesn’t bark at strangers, though, and kids sometimes leave stuff in our yard and pull our flowers. Their parents should be spanked.  But, we take the dog to walk around the schoolyard and they have lovely grounds. The buses are only there 20 minutes or so a day. I work from home and don’t find the playtime outside to be intrusive. Good luck with your decision. I think it is the best elemenrary school in my town so that might help, it is districted for lots of rich people and not so much for even my actual neighborhood. Ugh, another issue entirely. 

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Close proximity to a school is usually a plus for resale. However, we did look at a house that butted up to a school playground, and you could hear the megaphone thing they used for bells and announcements clear as day inside the house. That was a no for me, lol.

I don’t know about in Canada, but in the US usually you can call up the utility company and they will tell you the average cost for the last year at that residence. How big is the house? We live in the (cold) midwest and ours is usually at least $200/month…blech.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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Haruyou:  You don’t know any of us though LOL– so you shouldn’t take what we say as more than our want opinions, wants and desires.  If you’re talking about people you know personally, well that’s a different story!!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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Haruyou:  I wouldn’t.  In fact, I refused to buy any lots that were close to the park in our development.  I work a rotating schedule, so half my work days are actually nights and I sleep from 8am – 4pm.  It’s hard enough to get a decent sleep on that schedule (I have windows completely blacked out, a white noise machine, etc. and I still don’t get a decent sleep half the time.) So I didn’t want to be near a place with screaming kids (and I love kids.  And I think the park or school yard is the right place for that kind of behaviour.) I don’t want to live next to it. 

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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Haruyou:  We live to the side of a school and love it! The noise isn’t too bad and you don’t even notice it after a while! πŸ™‚ It’s really convenient for us!

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You work from home?! No way! You will be hearing kids shouting, screaming, crying, and playing outside befire, during, and after school. Also, I assume in Canada they use school bells and there will be noise from fire drills, plenty of traffic before and after school, including half-days. Don’t do this to yourself. I am a mother, I love my son and kids in general, but there is no way I would even consider living across from an elementary school or any other school for that matter. Nearby, sure! But directly across where you can see and hear everything, uh uh. Good luck either way!

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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Haruyou:  I wouldn’t do it for all the reasons listed. Noise. Kids on the lawn. Parents parking everywhere when there’s an event at night.

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