Power Lines?

posted 2 weeks ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

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
8206 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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
5642 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
7458 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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
2924 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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
186 posts
Blushing bee

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
633 posts
Busy bee

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. 

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