Post # 1
My husband and I are in the process of looking at lots to build a house on in the future. We are not seriously looking as we already own our house, but in the future we plan to keep our house as a rental property and move to a more family friendly area. However, we did recently find a lot that is in the neighborhood we would like to live in and it is priced to sell. It would be very reasonable for us to buy this now and build whenever we decide we are ready (which will be when we get pregnant, which is still TBD).
I am really torn as to whether or not to buy this lot though. It is located on a fairly busy street. It is not a main thoroughfare, but it definitely has a consistent flow of traffic. Since we are not currently parents I am struggling to decide how much this really matters. We will obviously build something with a gated backyard and our children could play out there, but I am not sure I would ever feel comfortable with them in the front yard, at least unsupervised. Just curious if you all would buy a lot or house in this situation or if you have personal experience living on a busier street, kids or no kids. Thanks!
Post # 3
I’m not buying, but I grew up on a busy street so it might be useful for me to give my input?
We had a large back garden where we played, and we never played out front. I got used to all the traffic noise (my bedroom was at the front) and it really helped me ‘block out’ noises that I find other people have trouble with.
THAT SAID, we did have a quieter street nearby that we would play in – we were always taught to tell our parents if we were going to play there, and we didn’t have to cross a busy road as it was on our side, so we were pretty safe.
We had a weekend home elsewhere, where we’d go on weekends and in the summer, so I guess I got all my ‘playtime’ then, where I could ride my bike and play in the street.
We definitely were safe living where we did, but I did enjoy the weekends away where I could go and play with the other kids easily. Many of my friends lived in quieter areas and I think maybe I would have been more social if I could have played with other kids out front like they did.
Post # 4
we wouldn’t, we prefer to be on a court/cul-de-sac.
Post # 5
Well we live on a fairly busy street. Currently we have a 16 month old child. This spring/early summer we are talking about putting up a fence in the back yard. I feel pretty safe with munchkin because we are rarely in the front yard and if we are, one of us is with munchkin anyway.
Post # 6
@Miss Jackrabbit: Thank you, this is very helpful! Exactly the kind of perspective I am looking for.
Post # 7
@MrsWBS: +1 i do too and when you have kids, i just feel abit more safer then on a busy street.
Post # 8
What is the speed limit? My rule of thumb is if there are lines painted on the street, I’m not interested.
Post # 9
@MrsWBS: I definitely see the benefits of a cul-de-sac. Part of me wants to keep looking until we see something like that go up, but I do like this location other than how busy it can be.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We bought a house on a fairly busy street last fall and there are three requirements I’d have for living there with kids:
a) Large front yard so that the house is actually off the street quite a ways. (Ours has this and it’s great – you really can’t hear any street noise.)
b) Tall fence around the front yard with a tall & difficult latch.
c) Large backyard where kids would mostly want to play.
Post # 11
It gets loud, especially during the spring and summer when motorcyclists drive by regularly.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t. Uneless I couldn’t afford something else. I really dislike the noise of traffic and having a reasonably quiet setting is important to me.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t, that’s a deal breaker for me. I like to walk outside and hear quiet, not busy road noise. I also worry about my dogs if they ever slipped out of the yard somehow. And kids, even though they can play in the backyard, are eventually going to want to walk to friend’s houses, ride their bikes, etc. When we were looking at homes the ones on busy streets did not sell very fast.
Post # 14
@LGenz: I am pretty sure the speed limit is 35. However, it is fairly near two school zones that are 20 mph. It has a high school and an elementary school about half a mile away in each direction.
Post # 16
@Westwood: Yup, this one has been on the market for 300 plus days and I am assuming the reason it hasn’t sold is because of the busy street.