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Old 07-12-2008, 08:45 AM
 
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Hello,

I moved to San Antonio about a year ago and we are buying a house in Churchill Estates. I am really nervous about it because I read about the airplane noise and was wondering if you could give me feedback. Will the airplane noise effect the resale value of the house? I have heard a lot about Deerfield but not too much about Churchill Estates. How does that neighborhood compare to others?

Thanks
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Churchill Estates Blvd. is right in the flight path of San Antonio International's runway 23 Right. That's the runway that most commercial flights use to land. If you drive the length of the street at certain times of day, you're almost certain to see an aircraft on final approach fly overhead.

A good place to start for getting first hand information would be the HOA for Churchill Estates. I couldn't find the HOA web site, but I did find a link to an earlier thread here on this topic.

//www.city-data.com/forum/san-a...ane-noise.html

Also, the city Aviation department has a Federally-funded noise abatement program which will pay for improvements like triple-pane windows and attic insulation that can significantly reduce noise from flights overhead.

San Antonio International Airport - Homepage
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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Hello,

I moved to San Antonio about a year ago and we are buying a house in Churchill Estates. I am really nervous about it because I read about the airplane noise and was wondering if you could give me feedback. Will the airplane noise effect the resale value of the house? I have heard a lot about Deerfield but not too much about Churchill Estates. How does that neighborhood compare to others?

Thanks

So I don't really get this hurt resale thing in an established neighborhood in a flight path. The person who sells the house to you should also take a hit at near the same percentage.

I.E. the flight path will be built into the value of the neighborhood just like any other more or less desirable place when you sell or buy. A flight path might depress neighborhood prices some, but it should be an equal percentage for when you buy and when you sell.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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I lived kind of up the road from where you're buying for several years. Our last house was right off of Bitters and Heimer just on the other side of 281 from where you're buying. I wasn't used to the noise when we moved in and about a month later it was like nothing. Also, as well as the homes are built where we lived and where you're moving, it's likely that inside your house you won't have any problems at all. Outside is a different story but it's still not that bad. It's nothing that will keep you awake at night for sure at least not for very long if it does.

We have some friends who still live in Deerfield who moved into their home around the same time we moved into ours off of Bitters. Honestly, we've never even discussed the airplane noise and they came from Mexico in a small town where NO airplanes ever go through - heck there weren't even very many cars! He's a doctor and the lack of people in general didn't make sense when you've spent all that time in school learning how to HELP them so they came over here where he could put that to use! They lived in a very pretty, very natural area so if someone was going to be shocked by noise I'll bet it'd be them. And they weren't. I think that's a good sign.

Churchill Estates is a very nice, well established area where I think you'll be really happy. If it weren't for my eclectic needs, we'd probably be looking to move BACK into that area!
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:58 AM
 
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So I don't really get this hurt resale thing in an established neighborhood in a flight path. The person who sells the house to you should also take a hit at near the same percentage.

I.E. the flight path will be built into the value of the neighborhood just like any other more or less desirable place when you sell or buy. A flight path might depress neighborhood prices some, but it should be an equal percentage for when you buy and when you sell.
Selling our last house, the issue never came up, nor with my parents who were in the same area. I think you're right when you say that it's built into the value of the neighborhood and honestly those values are really good so it shouldn't be anything to stress out over at all. Just figured it might help coming from someone who knows the area and has "been there & done that!"

You shouldn't worry about the flight path issue at all. For as many people as there are who may shy away from the area because of it there's a handful or more who won't care and just want to be in the area. The location and quality of people make up for that ten fold.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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I just (January 26, 2008) sold a house in neighboring Churchill Forest and had no problem. I sold it for over $100/foot in just five days with 14 showings across those five days. We lived in Churchill Forest for over six years and had no regrets. You get used to the airplane noise believe it or not. As others have said - the noise and proximity to the flight path is built into the price. It is a good part of town for the most part. My parents still live across Blanco in Vista del Norte and love it.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:12 AM
 
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ditto what everyone else said. I live just up the road from Churchill Estates and we also get airplane traffic. I hardly ever notice it and honestly, it's just not a big deal to me (and, fwiw, we spend a LOT of time outside in our yard...) The location and "charm" of the neighborhood are worth it to me. I think CE is a great neighborhood!
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