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Old 06-30-2008, 05:18 PM
 
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House 1 : 5 BR, 4.5 Baths
Upstairs -2nd master, jack and jill, 1 more bedroom, media, game room
Downstairs - Master, study, formal living, dining, family, kitchen
House is 600 yds from highway, 100 yds from retail, inner lot within community
4100 sqft, small backyd, 100x50 lot, inventory home, many more upgrades (lighting, flooring, bath, cabinets), bigger garage

House 2 : 4 BR, 3.5 Baths
Upstairs - jack and jill, media, game room
Downstairs - Master, 2nd bedroom, formal living, dining, family, kitchen
House is 100 yds from powerlines, inner lot within community,
3700 sqft, larger backyd, 100x60 lot, new construction, grand homes (!).

House 2 is $10k cheaper than the House 1

Last edited by jacob; 06-30-2008 at 05:51 PM.. Reason: correction
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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I would select house 2 in a heartbeat. I would rather be near the powerlines instead of the highway.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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I wouldn't select either - too big for me; I'd really hate those $500 electric bills in the summer (even with new construction).

That aside, how far away are they from work?
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It really depends on your personal needs. Do you need a second master? Would you prefer your master on the first or second floor? I would also check with a realtor about which one would be a harder resale in the future. There are a lot of people who absolutley will not buy a home if it is any where near a power line.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:39 PM
 
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Thats really my question. Which one is a harder resale ?
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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Which direction to they face?
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
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House 1 : 5 BR, 4.5 Baths
Upstairs -2nd master, jack and jill, 1 more bedroom, media, game room
Downstairs - Master, study, formal living, dining, family, kitchen
House is 600 yds from highway, 100 yds from retail, inner lot within community
4100 sqft, small backyd, 100x50 lot, inventory home, many more upgrades (lighting, flooring, bath, cabinets), bigger garage

House 2 : 4 BR, 3.5 Baths
Upstairs - jack and jill, media, game room
Downstairs - Master, 2nd bedroom, formal living, dining, family, kitchen
House is 100 yds from powerlines, inner lot within community,
3700 sqft, larger backyd, 100x60 lot, new construction, grand homes (!).

House 2 is $10k cheaper than the House 1
Homes with a second bedroom AND a full bath downstairs are the best sellers. Many people have their elderly parents move in with them or visit and can't handle stairs. Is the condition equal?

Naima
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Nothing could be finer... I'm in S. Carolina!!
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i choose #2. big backyard (to put in a pool) and less house to clean! (;
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: DFW, specializing in NE Tarrant County, Southlake, Westlake, Keller, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Roanoke
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Hmmm...

When I read your two descriptions my immediate thought was that you were trying to gage the various negatives... highway & retail or power lines. If that's the case, I'd have to ask how much noise is there from the highway and/or retail and how visible the power lines are? After all, it's the noise & traffic from cars and the unsightliness of power lines that most are concerned about. (Fewer buyers are actually concerned about electromagnetic hazards.) So expressing these negatives in terms of yards is problematic... because 600yds might be quite well away from highway noise, and 100yds might be far enough so that retail or power lines can't be seen, depending on the positioning, treelines, etc. On the other hand, retail close by can be considered a positive by many buyers. I showed a home this weekend that backed up to a WalMart neighborhood center. I talked to one of the neighbors and she just LOVED the fact that she could walk to do her shopping! No joke.

If these are NOT your main concerns, then I think the answer is pretty simple... the better house is the one you feel most at home in!

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:27 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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I'm probably 600 yards or less from a highway. Although it IS a tollroad and around the Dallas area that can be a postive. Strange but true (mostly higher end residential and retail around the tollroads in the Dallas area). Then you have some VERY HIGH DOLLAR estates in Dallas that back right up to the Dallas North Tollway. Doesn't hurt their value but if your Tom Hicks you can pay for the HUGE privacy wall to be built on your property line that backs up to it. Only at night out front when it is clear can I hear the traffic. In the backyard w/ all of the trees and fence you hardly hear it. As long as there are not TONS of very powerful lights shining on the highway and it is not a major congested highway at all hours of the day or night....... no big deal.

On the other hand being backed up to retail that has parking lot lights on 24 hours a day can be a PITA! Especially during cricket season. YUCK! The stores, retailers and developers don't turn off the lights on the property for safety reasons. Those lights are brighter than the highway lights. You also have more freight traffic to deal w/ as most freight deliveries are done in the wee hours of the morning. If you back right up to the wall seperating your house from the retail center you could have 18 wheelers sitting there for hours on end running all night long. Not a thing you can do about it either. Then the issue of the smell w/ the dumpsters behind them and the rodents they attract. A plus being backed up to a walmart - YUCK! Not hardly.

Power lines, most people don't want the giant high voltage power lines right outside their backdoor. If they are a bit away and not the first thing you see when you look out the windows and/or walk out the door then no big deal. But there are people that don't want to be within 100 miles of them.
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