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Old 09-02-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Seems like a lot of the houses that catch my eye online end up being on a pipestem. Personally, I don't like them - I hate the way the houses all end up being smooshed in at odd directions. But, they're really common in a lot of the areas we are looking. For now, I refuse to look at anything on a pipestem, but wonder if I'm being silly. People obviously buy these houses. Do you think they reduce the value/ sellability of a house? Seems like they're always the ones lingering on the market in a hot area.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: TX
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When we were looking we looked at a couiple then completely took them off our list.
#1 yes they are harder to sell, so if you buy one get it for less than the same house on a single drive.
#2 problem with who's job is it to shovel on snowy days etc... if you are at the front no problem, just go from your garage to street...but if you are in the rear...and you leave for work first...you may end up being the only one who clears snow from the drive.
#3 conjestion with parking and if the other property owner has a car parked blocking you etc... they leave the trash cans ion the drive and so on...

SO we decided it was too much hassel and had too many potential problems.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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I'm sorry to sound like a moron, but what is a "pipe-stem?" Is that the case where you have a shared driveway between two properties that veers into a "T" or "V" at the back to rear garages? I thought you meant cul-de-sac at first, but I know that's not the same thing.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm sorry to sound like a moron, but what is a "pipe-stem?" Is that the case where you have a shared driveway between two properties that veers into a "T" or "V" at the back to rear garages? I thought you meant cul-de-sac at first, but I know that's not the same thing.

Glad you asked first, I also have no idea what that term means
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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You can have muliple houses on a pipe stem. We have one near our house that has 3 or 4 on each side. Another compliant I would have is guest parking, having a party or even a couple people over is tough on your neighbors. Some of the more rural pipestems have a nice spread between the houses, some don't. Some have guest parking...some don't. Just something to think about.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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A pipe stem is a short road with houses usually without sidewalks and or street lights leading off of a cul-de-sac. The upside I can see with a pipe stem is peace and quiet.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Hmm not sure if this is what we have, but we have a private drive leading off of a cul de sac, where there are 5 houses, each set on about 1-2 acres of land. Its quite nice actually and I would never have a problem doing it again. We do have to arrange our own plowing because it's not a town owned road, but we split it between 5 houses and it works out to $8-10 per storm. I love it because it's not a through street, there is next to no traffic. We all have long driveways so there is no problem with parking.

That said, if it were an offshoot from another residence's driveway, that might be an issue for me. not enough to keep me away from the perfect house, but something to think about.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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The one's we've seen are in popular neighborhoods in Springfield and Burke. They look like a driveway (as oppposed to a real road) that branches off of a cul-de-sac. They usually have 5 houses or so with driveways coming off the main branch. It's a way, IMHO, to cram in extra houses, and use up every last drop of land in a neighborhood. They usually end up being squished in behind the houses on the proper cul-de-sac, so you could end up looking right into the back of another house, or something equally odd. Most of the lots were less than 1/4 acre, so there was very little room. I'm sure there are cases where they could end up being nice, but the ones we saw drove me nuts.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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I don't like them for the reason 5stones mentioned--although I hadn't considered the snow plowing issue. I also feel that, in most cases, you are closer to your neighbor's house and the view outside the window is your neighbor's window.

You are right--they are harder to sell. When we were looking at homes 2 years ago, they were the "remodeled, "lower priced" homes in the neighborhoods we were looking and it was a huge disappointment to drive to see them and realize "they were in a pipestem." That explained why they were still on the market.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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I would never buy one - the neighbors could block you in or have a lot of cars or leave their trash cans in your way - it is like being trapped in your own driveway.
They have them in my neighborhood and some look nice and are tucked away in the woods and private - but it would just be too much of a gamble to buy one
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