Characteristics of a Desirable Street
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Sometimes you know a desirable street when you see one. For example, it’s obvious that a home on a cul-de-sac is enticing mainly because there isn’t any through traffic.
What are the other characteristics of a desirable street that may not be as obvious? Here are just a few:
Sidewalks – A sidewalk in front of your home is not only handy, it also adds to the property’s curb appeal. In addition, if you have kids, a sidewalk makes it easier – and safer – for them to play and visit neighborhood friends.
Mature trees – Trees lining the street add depth and beauty. Most homeowners value front yard trees and would miss them if they were gone.
Safety – Unfortunately, some streets are more prone to crime and other issues requiring police intervention than others. Clearly, homeowners appreciate a street that’s known for being safe and located in a neighborhood with a low crime rate.
Pride-of-ownership – When considering buying a home, take a walk along the street. Do homeowners take good care of their properties? If so, that sign of pride-of-ownership indicates it’s a great place to own a home.
Location – Where the street is located is just as important as its characteristics. Are things you want, such as parks, schools, shopping, etc. nearby? Is the street in a desirable area overall?
Noise – This is a characteristic that can be invisible to the home buyer. If the street is in a flight path, or near a busy highway used by rush-hour commuters, you want to know!
A great street can dramatically add to the enjoyment of a home. As your real estate agent, I can answer some of your questions about the characteristics of streets you’re considering and the surrounding area when they do not conflict with real estate laws.
This article was excerpted from my IXACT Contact monthly newsletter.
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