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Old 02-07-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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LOL, well that's gonna limit your choices quite a bit.

Fortunetely, I am an very happy where I am now, so moving is not even on the list.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:26 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Feng Shui experts would say cul de sacs are bad because there is less of a free flow of energy at the end of a cul de sac. You don't want stagnant energy in Feng Shui.
A lot of people mock Feng Shui but I have found that many of its suggestions have real merit. I don't use it much more than siting buildings- it can get a bit overbearing when it comes down to furniture locations sometimes haha- but really thinking about how a building sits and is influenced by outside forces (sun, wind, water and yes, cars) can make a big difference in how it should be designed.

The suggestion that you shouldn't have a house at the "T" of an intersection because of bad qi, can be translated into not having car's headlights pierce into your living room all the time, or even the car. Cul-de-sacs are the same way, except the car's headlights sweep into every house on it as they turn in and out of it.

I live on an "interrupted" cul-de-sac, an otherwise urban gridded street plan truncated by a canyon that ends it a few houses down. There is also a pedestrian stairway that brings more folks onto the sidewalk and street that would otherwise be present, so I get a fair amount of qi to bring some good energy to my house. I would never live on a modern planned cul-de-sac because they are just generally devoid of any activity other than the very little of its handful of residents- usually all hunkered down behind their big garages fronting the street. Some folks are obsessed with privacy and not ever having to see or interact with people; for some it just pisses them off when they do. Me, I like a little interaction with my neighborhood.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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In culdesacs, houses face each other (toward the center of the circle). Good if you like keeping an eye on everyone, but bad if you don't like eyes on you. Everyone knows how many bags of groceries you bought today.
I've got a 2 car garage...avoids all that.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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Bags? Pfft. I shop at Sam's Club. My groceries come home in freight boxes. And then the cats get FORTS!

Beat that.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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I've got a 2 car garage...avoids all that.
With automatic garage door openers at home and underground parking at the mall, finally, we never have to go or be seen outside again. Then our skin will turn the colour of this emoticon .
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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With automatic garage door openers at home and underground parking at the mall, finally, we never have to go or be seen outside again. Then our skin will turn the colour of this emoticon .
Right...feels that way sometimes...except when I have to pick up trash that blew into our yard. I'll make sure to wear my protective suit, hehe lol.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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Generalaizations like this are useless.

Some corners are great. Some cul de sacs are collections of garbage cans, bikes, toys, soccer nets and more.

Do not eliminate either as general search criterea. It all depends.

As a universal generalization, yes; but as an existential generalization, not useless at all.
Sorry, channeling my old philosophy/logic professor for a minute there.

One thing we never considered while house shopping on a beautiful mid summer day was what buying a house on a huge corner lot would mean come winter. We had never lived anywhere that got snow before, so that wasn't even on our radar. Loved pretty much everything about that house except shoveling walks in the winter. That was miserable!

In general we've liked the cul-de-sacs we've lived on over the years. But they're not without issues either.
We once shared a cul-de-sac with a family who had an out of control teenager - huge neighborhood drama, believe me.
Hated trash day when we lived at the end of the cul-de-sac that had separate bins for trash, green waste, and recyclables. That once a week irritation was definitely balanced out by the awesome back yard though.

I'm not a fan of realtorspeak in general, but in this case I definitely agree that each situation is unique and you really can't generalize and say all corner lots are bad, all cul-de-sacs are good, etc.
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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Feng Shui experts would say cul de sacs are bad because there is less of a free flow of energy at the end of a cul de sac. You don't want stagnant energy in Feng Shui.
I live in a cul-de-sac... it's pretty nice and nothing about it feels stagnant. No thru-traffic is nice.

As far as this free flow of energy thing though: I drink water out a glass. The glass has a bottom, therefore the water (energy) stays within the glass and isn't flowing through it. To be more Feng Shui, should I switch to drinking directly from the faucet?
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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Our last house was built on a wonderful corner lot that we selected. The house was about 6' or so above the curb level so we had a nice grade to the yard. The house looked picturesque to say the least.

However, grass edging and then scraping ice from two sets of sidewalks in the winters did become quite the chore.

Another hassle was that our corner housed the local school bus stop. As the crowd gathered in our front yard each morning, we had kids running all over our grass, the neighborhood mom's darned near staring into our front windows as they waited for the bus twice a day, and the unescorted kids would leave their trash at the busstop. Good times!

So, as much as the corner lot was great, it was equally a hassle. In the future, I'll take a house on the mouth of a cul-de-sac street any day.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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My sister-in-law told me that she read it from somewhere but couldn't remember the source. Any thoughts?
Don't think I'd ever buy at a cul de sac again. There's not enough parking for friends who would like to come over. A corner lot seems kind of nice though, because you have a lot more fun landscaping options available and you can make the place look really nice.
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