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Old 09-02-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Northern VA/DC
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I know when were looking at houses we IMMEDIATELY ruled out any house if it was on a pipestem. It def impacts resale down the road.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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We were open to it when we were looking BUT I wouldn't consider it now. We live across a cul de sac from a pipestem and there are several in my neighborhood. In addition to having to drag your trash and recycling out to the street and back, the mailboxes are also on the street as well. You have the snow-plow issue already discussed but you also have general maintenance, like sealing and repairs. My neighborhood is 20 years old and the pipestems all need some repair.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I understand now. A "pipe-stem" is just a dead-end street that juts off of a cul-de-sac. I never saw those before, so thanks for educating me. I learn something new everyday! I don't think I'd like to live on one of those at all. I mean, what if someone on the cul-de-sac is having a rowdy party and a guest parks BLOCKING the pipe-stem entrance?
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:22 PM
 
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I had exactly the same question in the RE forum a year back. :-)

Here are the replies: Pipe stem versus Cul-de-sac.
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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Never heard of pipestems til we started looking for a house in VA but yes, you are responsible for all the upkeep of the common road (repaving, snow removal etc.). Our pipestem houses have to pay more in HOA dues so they would have the money to repave etc. Also many problems with inconsiderate neighbors that have loud parties since the houses are so close -- it is hard to ignore it (not to mention the parking issues).
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: San Francisco/East Bay and Los Angeles, formerly DC and Boston
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I've noticed some of the pipe stem homes have tiny front yards, no way I'd buy one of those things
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: northern Virginia
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We've lived on a pipe stem off a cul-de-sac for the past 10 years. Its called a pipestem but it's not one in a true sense....there are 5 homes on it and it's more of a private road. It is a thru street, meaning it's accessible from both ends. Trash collection and mail are at each home, so no dragging cans to end of the street. A big plus is the privacy...no homes across the street from us (just woods), only traffic are the homes and guests that live there.

I wouldn't automatically discount looking at pipe stem homes. They are not all the same.
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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I wouldn't automatically discount looking at pipe stem homes. They are not all the same.
I agree. While the other posters are correct about the potential problems, some pipestems are better designed than others. Look at the photos or the actual street and decide for yourself. We looked at some and while a few of them had the homes nicely spaced and offered a nice quiet feel, others seemed like you would be living in someone else's backyard. It might not be my first choice but there are some that might have more pros than cons.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I guess it varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. In Cascades the pipestems tend to be the ones that sell the fastest (at least, from what I've observed). The advantages seem to be:

1. Kids have a long driveway to play on with no fear of traffic (except from the homeowners). This is a HUGE selling point.

2. Verizon, Comcast etc. won't tear up your yard to get to the next house. Your yard only gets spray painted/cut up if you ordered the service yourself.

3. In Cascades, the pipestem homes tend to get better views, since they're set at an angle. In other words, your side windows will look at trees or at least have a longer range of view. Homes that are side by side look straight into each other. Your property tends to be a little more private (it's often less likely that kids will cut across it, etc.)

4. Cascades pays for topcoating the driveways of pipestems every two years. They don't do the other driveways, but they do take care of the pipestems. Homeowners on a pipestem pay an extra $2/month for this.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I understand now. A "pipe-stem" is just a dead-end street that juts off of a cul-de-sac. I never saw those before, so thanks for educating me. I learn something new everyday! I don't think I'd like to live on one of those at all. I mean, what if someone on the cul-de-sac is having a rowdy party and a guest parks BLOCKING the pipe-stem entrance?
A pipestem is really more like a shared driveway. If someone blocks a pipestem, it's exactly the same as if someone blocks a driveway. BTW, that's never been a problem in my area. We have more than ample street parking, there's really no need for someone to block a driveway.

What do you do if something like that happens? You'd probably go to the party and ask the guy to move his car. If he refused you could always have it towed.

Here are some photos showing homes on a pipestem to give you an idea of what they're like:


What appears to be a driveway for the house to the left is a pipestem.


The house in the middle is on a pipestem. This particular pipestem services two houses (you can't see the second house in this particular photo).

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