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Old 06-22-2011, 08:09 PM
 
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Default House opposite an elementary school

Hi...All,

I saw a bank owned house opposite an elementary school. Do you think it's wise to buy a house opposite a good school?

The price is reasonable for this house in the area but not opposite a school.

Please advice!

Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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Why would it be a problem? I would pick to live across from the elementary school especially if you have children or are planning on having children. I grew up next to one and I loved it as a kid and so did my parents.

The only complaint would be noise if you can't stand kids playing for recess and lunch break but you should be at work anyways so it's not really a problem.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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lots of traffic twice a day five times per week
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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If you're not a stay-at-home 24/7 type you may want to install a security alarm in case the little devils get too frisky after school lets out but overall it wouldn't discourage ME from buying a house that was otherwise desirable.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: East Sacramento
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Much better than across from a high school!
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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You will have a lot of traffic at drop off and pickup and any extra curricular activity times. And noise related to the school kids.

People with elementary school age kids usually see it as a plus to be so close, but many people do not want to live that close to a school. It might affect property value a bit, but probably won't justify a deep discount.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, moving to Rocklin in Aug!
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Dropoff and pickup times will raise your ire, especially if you are in a hurry. Any hint of not moving your car with ultra-vigilant care and stopping an extra 20-30 seconds at a crosswalk will immediately draw dagger-glares of hostility from Moms who adopt their animal protection instincts and react as if you're threatening their young. Believe me, I'm a parent of a 3rd & 5th grader (albeit a Dad), and I sometimes just roll my eyes at the overreaction of some of the mothers when your moving vehicle comes within 50 feet of their kids traveling at 3 MPH or faster! Anyways.....other than that caveat, I see no risk in moving across an elementary school. Oh, if you intend on having a home office, make sure there's a room on the side of the house that faces away from the school! Kids voices will carry right into conference calls!
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:10 PM
 
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Thank you all for your opinion. I decide not to buy this house.
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