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is buying a home in-front of an elementary school is bad or good ? The school was built in year 2009

  • February 13 2010 - Brambleton
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It all depends.  Though I'd rather live next to an elementary school than a high school.  The high school kids are horrible to the houses next door to the school.
  • May 03 2010
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All depends... if you like the traffic and kids running around, then yes, if not, that would be a deficet when you are purchasing.. home and the lot are all individual to us all... good for one is not always good for another...
  • May 02 2010
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It is a good thing for long term property value. It is only a bad thing if you don't like kids on your lawn, cars idling in front of your property, band noises during practice, occassional loud music, and school zone driving.
  • May 02 2010
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I have very close friend who lives very close to elementary school, they are bit frustrated since weekdays they deal with the school & kids walking to the school, weekends the field is open for soccer games and on evening if the school has event the parking is along their street. They have a side walk infront of their home so in winter its a challenge to keep it clean to avoid any incidences of kids accidents. This is experience of one of my friend. Drive by the home during different times and experience for yourself.
  • May 02 2010
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Buying in front of an elementary school is a double edged sword. On the good side, you have use of the school facilities and a new school probably is pleasing to look at. On the negative side, traffic at the beginning of the school day and the end of the school day will be an absolute challenge. Although, it usually takes only about 15 to 20 minutes to fill the school and empty it. It's not like there's traffic there for hours.

I agree with the ladies here. If you have kids it's probably a great idea. If you don't have kids, I'd find something down the street.

Best of Luck! -Pat
  • February 14 2010
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Have your agent look at the sold comps and how long they were on the market. That may give you a clearer picture if buying in front of this elementary is a good thing or not.
  • February 14 2010
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Some schools are built as Community Recreation areas and living near them is like living near a neighborhood park. If you have kids, that's a great location. Inner city schools can sometimes hurt the property around them if the kids are hanging out around the school and causing problems. The best way to gauge how a school is going to impact the neighborhood is to go buy during both the morning and afternoon bell. Is it chaos? Or orderly?
What is on the playground? Can you access the playground on the weekends? We live near a high school with a really nice track that they keep open to the public and we like to go up and walk the track.
  • February 14 2010
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I would never do it.  A block or two away would probably be good (as long as you had kids to go there) but across the street would probably be a big headache.

But way better than a middle school/high school.
  • February 14 2010
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Traffic and parking can be an issue.  Back to school nights, PTA, special events, and voting can all create parking problems. Does the school have athletic fields?  If yes, after school traffic can also be an issue on evening and weekends for league play.

  • February 14 2010
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It depends on your perspective. If you have kids, it's probably great. If you don't, then it's terrible... especially when school starts and when school gets out for the day.
  • February 14 2010
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