Post # 1
Need a bit of advice! My husband and I are currently in the market for our first home. We’ve been looking around and have seen quite a few things, but there’s always ONE thing that seems to hold us back. For e.g. a couple of weekends ago we saw a house. The house itself was everything we are looking for within our price range. It’s in an amazing school district (v. important for us), and within a reasonable commute to work. House itself was gorgeous. however,out of all the houses we saw it wasn’t on the prettiest street, and had a block of apartments / condo’s a few doors down. So now i’m stuck, i can’t stop thinking about this house but the condo’s are putting me off! Would this be a deal breaker for anyone else?
Just for comparison we saw another beuatiful house, in the most gorgeous neighbourhood but AWFUL school district. So do we pick and choose? i.e. pick good schools over neighbourhood, or just wait for another house?
Any advice would be greatly appreicated!
Post # 3
What is it that was off-putting about the proximity of the condos? Just wondering because we can’t see what you see. 🙂
Post # 4
@Gemstone: Just the fact that they are a bit of an eye-sore. Also condo’s means a lot more neighbors. I don’t know i guess i feel like it takes away from the family oreintated neighbourhood we were looking for.
Post # 5
I’d wait but we’re currently house hunting and aren’t in a huge rush. I wouldn’t even consider a house in a neighborhood with bad schools but I assume a street with condos is on the busier side and I’d want more of a neighborhood feel.
Post # 6
how soon are you planning on having kids? You could always get the second house and then move again down the line into a better school district
Post # 7
Are you in a rush to buy? Maybe something will come on the market soon that has both of those qualities. For me I never wanted a house on a busy street with condo buildings and such. I compromised my perfect house for the perfect location. We bought a house that is liveable but needed work because it’s on a dead end street in a great school district.
Post # 8
The bad school district would be an absolute NO for me.
Condos in and of themselves wouldn’t be a turn-off for me. But these specific condos in particular might have something about them that would be a con but we can’t see that without being there with you.
Post # 9
A house is a huge purchase to be made if you aren’t 100% satisified. If you aren’t in a hurry to buy I agree with the PP that you should wait until you find something that is just right and you feel 100% about.
If for some reason you must buy now and want a home for long term I would suggest the house within the great school district. I wouldn’t concern myself too much with the condos and on a day to day basis you probably won’t even realize they are there. Sending your children to a sub par school system is a definitely deal breaker for me personally.
Post # 10
I think if it’s your dream home and it’s within your price range and a great school system…that’s awesome. I guess it just depends on whether you think there’s another house out there that has everything this house has plus a better location.
Post # 11
I would wait for another house. Something will come along. Don’t buy the house in the bad school district, I know too many people who did that thinking it wouldn’t matter or that they could move when they had kids and now that they have had kids they realize they made a rash decision.
Post # 12
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I would keep shopping. The bad school district would be a tunr-off because we have a son. And the condos would be a turn off because of traffic issues and the negative impact on property values.
Post # 13
Personally, I would wait for another house. The neighborhood with the condos will probably be busier, just because of more people. And I wouldn’t want a house in a bad school district!
Post # 14
the house in the bad district has always been a no-no for us. But we are considering the house with the condo’s (and excellent school district). I think we are going to keep looking though, but go and see the house for a second viewing.
Schools are important for us (i am expecting right now), so we would like to get in the house before the baby is born (due in Dec).
I wish there was a magic house fairy who could present you with your perfect house (within budget!)
Hopefully something will pop up soon..
Post # 15
Check out online crime reports to see if there are any problems with those specific condos. In my area, all major crime bubbles seem to center around large occupancy areas. Then consider other issues. If 1 person has 1 party, they could fill the street with parking. Added traffic. Added noise of dozens of people leaving for work/coming home, etc.
I would keep looking. We originally looked at a house on the fringe of our development and decided to wait until a house inside the development opened up. Just because of traffic. Remember- you will have to hear it, see it, and try to pull your car out into it.