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Old 06-30-2017, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This listing just came on the market. We can't decide if this would be a plus or a minus living next to Oakwood Cemetery? Figured it was interesting enough to share.

https://austin.curbed.com/2017/6/29/...ast-swede-hill
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Old 07-01-2017, 05:58 AM
 
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Quiet neighbors are a huge plus!
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The cemetery is a huge plus, kind of like a greenbelt that will never be developed. However, the house is another story.

With that wall of windows and the sun shining directly in, who would want to pay those utility bills in the summer?

If you have a wall of windows in this climate, they need to be north facing so the sun never shines in directly. The only exception is the bathroom. Love the sun beaming into the bathroom, filtered (I have stained glass in my current house) as no stranger needs to see me in my full glory
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:53 AM
 
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Windows....


Drapes, window tint, and of course, outside shutters. Pick one.


Jim B.
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Old 07-02-2017, 01:17 PM
 
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I think living next to a cemetery would be great. It's quite, peaceful, well-kept, and you know it will not be developed. Would be a selling point for me.
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Old 07-02-2017, 04:01 PM
 
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I'm curious. Why would you consider it a minus, living next to a cemetery? Is it a "creepiness" factor? I suppose you can have strangers trooping around nearby to leave flowers and pay respects. All this has been given some thought.

Pros and Cons of Living by a Cemetery

One study suggested that the average price per square foot was higher, the closer you lived to a cemetery.
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Old 07-02-2017, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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As a 'commercial' development, the cemetery will have periods of heavy traffic from time to time, perhaps more often than one would wish after paying so much for a home
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:23 PM
 
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As a 'commercial' development, the cemetery will have periods of heavy traffic from time to time, perhaps more often than one would wish after paying so much for a home
Memorial Day and Veteran's Day would be the "tourist" season plus the odd funeral here and there. That cemetery is mostly developed if I remember correctly so I'd say it would mostly be visitors.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:40 PM
 
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Interesting thing is, judging by the pictures, the "wall of windows" was specifically put in so you could have a colossal view of the cemetery (from both upstairs and downstairs!). So you just don't live next door to it. It's a part of your life when you're living there. You have breakfast, lunch, and dinner looking out on headstones, and you're enjoying your living room time looking out at the same headstones. That's a novel architectural strategy.

FWIW, 1604 Navasota is across the street from the cemetery.

I guess for folks who live on a golf course, golf is part of their lives. I guess for folks who live next to a forest, the forest is part of their lives in the same way. Of course, "golf" means recreation, and a "forest" can mean nature. "Cemetery" could just mean death or mourning. If you're going to make something part of your life, make sure it means something to you that you like to live with. Now, it could also mean rest, and or peace.

To me, living next to a forever quiet green field would be nice. Living with a view of headstones, maybe not so much.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Windows....


Drapes, window tint, and of course, outside shutters. Pick one.


Jim B.
Those windows don't look tinted. I investigated tinting all of my windows (also replacing them) and it was north of $25K for my house. I opted not to do that.
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