Post # 1
We are in the processing of buying a house and we are leaning towards new construction. The neighborhood we are looking at only has 1 cul-de-sac left and the lots back up to other houses. My husband and I hate the thought of this. We really like privacy. But the price is right and it’s a good location. And we are able to do a walkout basement on the lots which we really want. For those with a house that backs up to another house, is it really that horrible?
This topic was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by mandanjoe.
Post # 2
What do you mean “backs up into another house?” You mean, the homes are back to back?
I live in the Northeast of the Us and we are basically on top of each other. Not like super close like San fransisco but close.
Its up to you. I personally would like to be able to have other people living around me but not up my tush. Not sure what you’re used to though!
Post # 3
Well all houses are like that unless you live in a rural area. There are houses behind me and I don’t see the problem. You have a fence so I don’t know how your privacy will be invaded unless you intend to be naked in your backyard. And my house was built in a new area with nothing but farms and empty land surrounding it. But now there are other houses surrounding it. I don’t see the big deal. That’s just suburbia. If you want to be alone, you’ll need to live in a rural or at least semi-rural area.
Post # 4
How big is the lot? And I assume you mean you can clearly see the house? Ie no trees or anything? I’ve always had a decent amount of woods separating my backyard from others, so if there wasn’t even a chance at ptutting up a ton of trees or something, I couldn’t do it. We also love the privacy so we paid a significantly higher amt for our lot to gain that, so I get your concern.
Post # 5
mandanjoe: What do you mean backs up to the house? Where we live, it’s basically house next to house. And houses behind other houses. That’s not what bothers me in the buying process, but what is around me. I looked at a wonderful house on a cul de sac as well, but the lot was behind a shooting range… So needless to say the house was not bought, despite being my dream house.
Post # 6
It’s extremely common in Southern California, and it wouldn’t bother me at all.
Post # 7
Thanks for the replies. I’ve always had woods or open fields when I look out my back door. The lots are about 1/4 acres. So the houses are not super close but closer than we are used to.
Post # 8
Well, when you think about it, privacy is somewhat hard to find, unless you live in a rural area, as a PP mentioned, or you’re loaded. Otherwise, most people aren’t on their own private islands.
I’m having a hard time envisioning what you are talking about, but can’t you build a fence or a hedge or something if it’s that bothersome?
(then again, I lived in NYC for a long time, so my views of privacy and general personal space are a little off)
pinkcorsage: a shooting range?! For reals?? Yikes.
Post # 9
mandanjoe: If you’re looking in typical suburban areas, it will be hard to find a house that doesn’t come with backdoor neighbors. It’s worth looking though! The house we ended up buying is in a great subdivision, and due to how it was platted out from the original farm, our lot is the only one that does not back up to another house! Our back lot line is the very back of the original landowner’s side lot. It’s wooded and you have to look wayyyyy over kitty-corner to see their house about 1000 feet away. I love not having a house behind ours. We get along great with our neighbors, but it’s nice being able to leave the blinds up without worrying someone will see me walking out of the shower. I would definitely rather a house back there than a road though. We rejected lots of nice houses because they backed up to a road. No thanks. But if you do end up with a house behind yours, it shouldn’t be that big a deal. It will be easy to invite each other over for barbecues!
Post # 10
mandanjoe: I don’t know what’s worst the potential shooting range, or the dogs that live right next door and yip every five minutes. At least the shooting range would have hours.
Post # 11
Here, it’s either another lot or a storm pond. The ones that back onto a storm pond also tend to be across from busy roads.
The privacy for those on the storm ponds sucks, as there are trails along the ponds that are quite busy. Darling Husband and I actually go for walks, checking out ideas for backyards, as they can only have chainlink fences.
Post # 12
My mom’s house/yard is completely surrounded on all sides by neighbors yards. It’s pretty standard for suburban areas.
There’s a fence though, and previous owners have planted trees that do a pretty good job of blocking the eyeline over the fence.
Post # 13
Our back yard is only separated by our neighbors’ back yards by a fence. Everyone (here, at least) minds their own business. No one is walking around naked out there, so it’s never been a problem.
Post # 14
mandanjoe: we have tall trees lining up against our back fence, so even though we have neighbors behind us we literally can’t see them and they can’t see us. The trees were definitely planted during or after construction and the house is only 7 years old, so if you’re buying your long term home that might be an option for privacy. Where I live, population growth is a real issue so if our house backed up to an empty/wooded lot we would probably end up living in a construction zone sooner than later. I’d rather have an already established neighborhood than live in one being constructed, personally.
Post # 15
We don’t have neighbors behind us, we’ve got a road that didn’t used to be too bad. Then they built the new high school nearby & the road noise is unbearable. We basically can’t use our backyard for the noise. Can’t hear each other talk.
I’d gladly have a house behind me instead. As long as they’re quiet.