Post # 16
slomotion : It’s anecdotal, but my 85 year old grandma lives directly opposite a HUUGGEE power line station sort of thing. She knows everyone in her street, most are at least middle aged and not one has cancer, other than skin (the relatively safe one)
I think the earth is more likely to be potentially dangerous depending on what the land was used for before housing, if anything.
Post # 17
I never thought of power lines as dangerous, and probably wouldn’t let it affect my house buying decision, although it would be a large negative in the ‘beautiful view’ category. Since I’m still a college student with only dreams of buying a house, having a nice view is very low on my list of wants. When I’m more established and looking for a long term home, it’ll likely be higher. Kind of up to what you want, but I wouldn’t rule out the house based on power lines alone.
Post # 18
slomotion : I would never buy a house near them as it would not be worth it to have my mother moan at me about it constantly. Every time she visits she mentions our scented candles which are decorative and probably only get burnt about twice a year! lol. But also, I would worry about the resell.
Post # 19
slomotion : I live in Pittsburgh where there are powerlines just draping the streets. All of the powerlines are above ground. I wouldn’t worry too much about it at all. Our transformer up the street blew last year, turning off our power, and the houses right by it weren’t affected besides likely their power going out too.
Post # 20
slomotion : I’d be concerned about the asthetics and resale value (unless it’s a forever house and you don’t mind them) but other than that if every single other thing about the house and location hits your wish list I’d go for it.
Post # 21
As a Realtor, I can tell you they do affect resale value. There is a subdivision near me that has a set of power lines running through the middle of it, but it has about 100 yards of green space (with bike paths) on both sides of the lines so there appears to be a bit of a buffer before the back yards of the houses that back up to it. Those houses that back up to the green space are always harder to sell than others in the same subdivision. Even though there are no conclusive health risks, the stigma will always be there like a PP said. I always concern myself with resale value because it seems like people move a lot more for jobs than previous generations. I have had a lot of clients think they’re in their forever home, only for something to happen (usually related to a job) that forces them to move.
I agree that there’s always another house out there.
Post # 22
The cancer thing has always seemed far-fetched to me. The noise would bother me, though. I vaguely remember seeing an episode of some ghost hunting show in which a family thought their house was likely haunted because it was near power lines. Something about the energy “drawing” them toward it…..? But I like ghosts, so that would be a selling point for me 🙂
Post # 23
It’s pretty unlikely they’ll cause cancer, but they are unsightly, and that’s what affects your re sale value. If you don’t mind them and can see this as your forever home, go for it. Just expect to need to be patient if you decide to sell in the future.