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Old 11-17-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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anyone can share some experience? what I can see is:
pros:
1) bigger lot
2) 2 neighbors

cons:
1) auto exhaust polution
2) noise, increased chance to hear cars stop and start
3) more traffic, intersection of two streets
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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A corner lot may indeed be larger, but the increase may be all front yard. Especially if the community has rules about the front yard, you can't use this space the way you could use a back yard, and you may have a lot more turf to keep manicured. Of course, that depends on the house/neighborhood. We were looking at houses a few weeks ago, and one was on a corner lot with a huge lawn in the front/side and a tiny back yard - not even space enough for a garden. No thanks.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Pflugerville
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anyone can share some experience? what I can see is:
pros:
1) bigger lot
2) 2 neighbors

cons:
1) auto exhaust polution
2) noise, increased chance to hear cars stop and start
3) more traffic, intersection of two streets

A bigger lot can actually not be great, if you are not a fan of yardwork.

Typically corner lots are more valuable, when it comes to resale. I have a corner lot and have never had a problem with "auto exhaust pollution". My yard isn't so big that exhaust isn't able to float into my neighbors yard. I don't find there is much exhaust anywhere in Austin unless your corner lot is adjacent to I35.

If your corner lot is in a neighborhood, I don't really think you will have increased traffic. I don't really thing it's a HUGE difference.

Maybe there are some cons, but I don't think the above are it.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:16 PM
 
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so a corner lot with side fences to make the front yard smaller will be ok? I do not want to do extra work on yard which is not mine.
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A corner lot may indeed be larger, but the increase may be all front yard. Especially if the community has rules about the front yard, you can't use this space the way you could use a back yard, and you may have a lot more turf to keep manicured. Of course, that depends on the house/neighborhood. We were looking at houses a few weeks ago, and one was on a corner lot with a huge lawn in the front/side and a tiny back yard - not even space enough for a garden. No thanks.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Increased edging. It drove my husband nuts when we lived on a corner lot. Never again.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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Why "Typically corner lots are more valuable, when it comes to resale"?

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A bigger lot can actually not be great, if you are not a fan of yardwork.

Typically corner lots are more valuable, when it comes to resale. I have a corner lot and have never had a problem with "auto exhaust pollution". My yard isn't so big that exhaust isn't able to float into my neighbors yard. I don't find there is much exhaust anywhere in Austin unless your corner lot is adjacent to I35.

If your corner lot is in a neighborhood, I don't really think you will have increased traffic. I don't really thing it's a HUGE difference.

Maybe there are some cons, but I don't think the above are it.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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My dad had a corner lot and told me never to buy a house on one. Of course where that corner is located makes a big difference.

My dad hated the fact that:
-had less privacy and had to erect a privacy fence
-increased yard work
-kids schoolbus stop
-noise with traffic on 2 sides of the house
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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that makes sense.
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Increased edging. It drove my husband nuts when we lived on a corner lot. Never again.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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Thanks a lot! privacy is also a big concern.
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My dad had a corner lot and told me never to buy a house on one. Of course where that corner is located makes a big difference.

My dad hated the fact that:
-had less privacy and had to erect a privacy fence
-increased yard work
-kids schoolbus stop
-noise with traffic on 2 sides of the house
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Expanse of front yard on one side of the house that tends to be wasted space - not very useable - but that much more grass to water and mow. I had a corner lot house out in Shady Hollow for 11 years and it really was wasted space.
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