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Old 10-14-2008, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Sunny SoCal
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Anyone here have an opinion of homes near a school?

I want to set up an appt to see a home. Only thing is that the home backs up to a grade school. The backyard is wooded so this wooded lot is that seperates the school from the home. If you attended this school, you could walk right thru the backyard to get to school.

Are these homes to stay away from? I'm worried about traffic (buses/parents picking up kids/etc) and maybe noise.

Also worried about resale. Unless the family looking to buy has kids attending that school, they'll probably have the same concerns as me.

What about homes near a school? This same subdivision has another house further away from the school but still close enough within walking distance. Um... about 1-2 blocks away maybe.

Thoughts?
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:11 PM
 
Location: GA
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The school isn't fenced? I suppose you could fence your property. If it backs up to a playground, it will be noisy for at least an hour or so during the day. I think (for me) it would depend on how much I like the house, and if I could see the school through the trees.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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I actually like the idea of backing up to a school. Most of the noise is during the day (unless it is a high school, then you might get friday night football). No one lives behind you. During the summer when you use your back yard the most, you have NO one behind you. You can use this property to walk your dogs and if it has a playground, you can usually use the playground equipment.

shelly
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Sunny SoCal
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No, the school is not fenced. I'm looking at the aerial shot and it looks like the playground is on the opposite side of the school. I guess that good. I'd actually have to go and see the house to see if how big the wooded lot is that is the buffer between the school and house.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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It really depends. Will you be home during the "noisy" times (am, pm and recess)? it is possible some kids might use your yard as a short cut to the school, maybe not. See if you like the house first. If it is something you are really interested in, go back and visit during the times the hub bub would be going on...early am and when school lets out. Watch the kids walking through the neighborhood and listen for bus noise, etc.

Also, note what kinds of trees you have in the back. Will they be losing their leaves in the winter? That will probably lessen the noise buffer you may have.
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: GA
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I was also thinking about the trees. If they're evergreens, that's a good buffer. If not, when the leaves fall, your view will be different. Our school has a summer camp, so the school is in use all year. As suggested, you should look at various times and ask questions. You might be looking at a bunch of yellow buses!
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Old 10-14-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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I live behind a middle school and around the corner from a elementrary school. The Middle school and elementrary school are right across the street from each other. So basically I live behind one school and around the corner from another.

I love it!! It's noisy during P.E. and at times you can hear announcements over the intercom but that's about it. Since it's a middle school kids don't loiter, they go right on home.

People use our neighborhood as a shortcut to drop off or pick up kids from school so we have to be careful pulling out of our driveway during those times.

No rear neighbors and school lets out before 4 p.m. It's quite during summer, winter break and school holidays of which there are many.

If you have kids or are planning to have kids I would recommend it. I love the fact that my daughter will always be able to find her way home from school!!
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