Is This a Quiet Neighborhood?

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Is This a Quiet Neighborhood?

 

I often get asked by buyers if the neighborhood is a quiet one. It's a good lifestyle question.

 

Cardiff homes by the railroad tracksSometimes the question comes through another agent with a buyer interested in one of my listings. It happened with a recent condo listed in an urban area. The agent wanted to know, from the buyer presumably, if the “condo was quiet enough for an older buyer.”

 

The question was irrelevant since the condo had been pending for a week with multiple offers, but it wasn’t a question I could answer to begin with, nor would I try.

 

Living where I do near the ocean there can be a fair amount of noise, at least in some areas. It’s crowded, since it’s where the bulk of the homes, people, and businesses are, and there is plenty of traffic.

 

We also have the freeway running north and south, as well as the trains (commuter rail as well as Amtrak). And there are several major thoroughfares used by residents and visitors for commuting. Plus there also may be periodic sounds from Camp Pendleton to the north when certain military exercises are taking place. And what about schools, say with kids at recess, or use of athletic fields during the day or on weekends? The list goes on.

 

Beware of dog signIf you are a homeowner and considering a sale it's important to realize that noise can, and in some cases definitely will, impact the appeal, value, and saleability.

 

Personal experience tells me noise level may or may not be a big issue for buyers searching for a new home. And while I have my own personal thoughts from places I have lived that’s not relevant to my clients. So I prefer to be proactive and ask buyers about it up front when talking about what they are looking for.

 

While some buyers haven’t given it much thought others mention noise being a concern right away, and sometimes are pretty specific about what they are OK with and what they don’t want. Most want quiet…I’ve never had anyone say they want noise, but those coming from the city say they are used to it so it may be less of an issue for them. Some things I’ve heard:

 

The train noise in the distance is fine but I don’t want to hear the freeway.

I don’t want to be near a busy, noisy road.

They are willing to live along the Coast Road, a busy one, in exchange for having an ocean view.

They want to be within walking distance of shopping, dining and the beach but in a quiet area.

 

Sometimes the question about noise has to do with local neighbors, and issues like barking dogs next door or close by. Indeed I’ve had buyers walk away from a home they liked because the dog next door took the job of guarding their house a bit too seriously, and loudly.

 

As with views, noise (how loud it is, the type of noise) is very personal, and best determined by personal examination. What’s “quiet” to one person may mean something very different to another. So asking me if the neighborhood is quiet will prompt me to say – let’s check it out so you can decide for yourself.

 

I’ve had a few listing agents with properties on a busy road say “the seller said you will get used to it” when asked about noise, or even offering that encouragement up front. Or sometimes the spoken solution is to add a water feature…a trickling fountain…to help drown out the dull roar of the freeway nearby. Again those are matters that depend on individual preferences.

 

The bottom line is as a buyer you really won’t know about the noise level until you check out the property and the neighborhood in person, and can decide for yourself whether any noise that’s present is a problem or not – what it is, and how much there is.

 

It’s also important to check out the area at different times of the day. Noise is a funny thing and can vary with the amount of traffic, the time of day, and which way those ocean breezes are blowing and how strong they are. A major road might be reasonably quiet except at morning and evening rush hours. Living by the golf course offers great views and some quiet…except when golfers are out or the grounds crews are busy.

 

Lastly, you might be willing to trade off some noise to get what you want in a view, or a particular house. Being on the golf course, for example. Or living along the coast road or the hills above the freeway but with fabulous ocean views and access.

 

Search for Carlsbad homesYou can start your search of Carlsbad homes for sale, with or without noise, by clicking on the photo to the right to see all the available inventory.

 

Or I can create a custom search for you based on your criteria include area and budget.

 

Why not give me a call at (760) 840-1360 so we can discuss your housing needs, wants, and budget so we can create a strategy to get you into your new Carlsbad home (or in other North San Diego County communities) in 2018.

 

If you have a home you are considering selling, let's talk about a free market analysis, and then have a discussion about what I will do to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar in our competitive market.

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Thanks Lynnea Miller  I have visited homes a couple of times with buyers when there is a concern, or they have just visited the neighborhood on their own. More often than not it confirms the original impression but better to doube-check.

Jeff

Mar 25, 2018 10:40 AM #31
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Jeff, I was JUST reading about this in my CE Risk Management class online! The case study: an agent failed to tell the client about the early morning trucks delivering, making loud noises daily right next door,every morning and told them "it's a quiet neighborhood". He was sued later! 

It IS all relative. I do something funny with my clients. Since many are looking for lakefront I always tell them, "Sound travels on water, if you're going to talk about your neighbor, don't do it when you're on your boat!"

Then I tell them about how I can hear someone sneeze from across the lake--it's true! Obviously they have to be outside, but nonetheless....

This was delightful, thorough and you covered all of the bases, including a call to action! Yay, *FEATURE*! 

 

Mar 26, 2018 06:10 PM #32
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Well, Jeff looks like the Feature Fairy found your post belatedly, never the less it is well deserved... now with that said when we moved to our home our neighbor came and told me that "this is a quiet neighborhood" she expects that we keep it that way... I cracked up laughing you met me, you know me I do not blast classical music.... and we can almost touch the Airplanes from LAX...but she wanted to make sure I got it:))Endre

Mar 26, 2018 06:27 PM #33
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Caution. Quiet neighborhood may be codeword for children not welcome, in violation of fair housing laws. Don't use quiet in advertising. 

Mar 26, 2018 06:31 PM #34
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Corey Vandenberg
Platinum Home Mortgage - Lafayette, IN

Jeff, good article. Jerry Lucas, right on. I was thinking “ethnic” too, so be careful with answering this question...

Mar 26, 2018 07:54 PM #35
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good point!  Noise is different for everyone and everything.  Whether it's a neighborhood road, a freeway, a train, a school or an ocean - noise is different to different people.  Great call to action!

Mar 26, 2018 08:38 PM #36
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I am very cautious about stating certain things. Noise in the neighborhood is not one I care to give an opinion on.

Everyone is different. Some people will live on a busy road because it is easy to travel to where they want to go. Others, could never imagine living on a busy road.

I like the suggestion for buyers to revisit the area at different times of day and hear it for themselves.

Mar 27, 2018 12:14 PM #37
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Michael Eisenberg
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My buyers came to a weekday inspection after viewing the home they are buying. There was a constant hum from a nearby utility pole plant that wasn't there on the weekend. A big change, but they have decided to overlook it and move forward. Like you say noise is different for everyone.

Mar 27, 2018 01:25 PM #38
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Noise is different to different people! I would say come and see if you are bothered by what you hear. I recently sold 2 homes near the trains, several buyers said they didn’t want to hear the train, 2 buyers bought them spending over 1 Million dollars and the noise wasn’t an issue!

Mar 27, 2018 05:23 PM #39
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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This blog is on target!  Questions like 'is it a quiet neighborhood' are so generic!  Who can say for sure?  Agents cannot be expected to provide a definitive answer. Same for 'is this a good school district' and 'are there many older people in the neighborhood?'

Mar 27, 2018 08:01 PM #40
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Anna Hatridge
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This post was music to my ears! 

I often respond with "go and check it out in the morning and in the evening when you find noise levels the most important."  

Mar 28, 2018 08:54 AM #41
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Hi Jim Cheney 

Well they are certainly good questions to ask, and important to the buyers, but so personal and dependent on your perspective. It's called due diligence.

Jeff

Mar 28, 2018 09:01 AM #42
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Hi Dorie Dillard 

It's a pretty important question to ask, and for buyers to explore so they know the scoop. Sometimes there are surprises..and sometimes things are not quite the issue as expected. But we also know some noise is not going to change - such as busy roads.

Jeff

Mar 28, 2018 09:15 AM #43
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That's so true Michael Jacobs  It's part of what makes our business interesting, and not predictable!

Hannah Williams  - well that would be a surprise! I remember when we move from the burbs into the city and what a change it was. Took some adjusting to all the new noises.

Jeff

Mar 28, 2018 09:16 AM #44
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It's VERY subjective Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  and sometimes buyers themselves discover how sensitive, or not, they really are as compared to what they think.

Jeff

Mar 28, 2018 09:18 AM #45
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I had to laugh at your story Susan Haughton . Nature CAN be noisy! We lived in a pretty rural area surrounded by woods, and the raccoons screeching at night and the bull frogs in the stream across the road in the early spring were amazingly loud!!

Jeff

Mar 28, 2018 09:20 AM #46
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Hi Margaret Goss 

I have had similar experiences, and homeowners I know have as well.. But I would never tell someone they will get to a point they won't notice...it's too personal.

Jeff

Mar 28, 2018 09:22 AM #47
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Hi Sharon Tara 

Those are great example of how noise issues can get pretty complex and vary so much from person to person. And there are so often trade-offs to consider - noise but a fabulous view or great location.

Jeff

Mar 28, 2018 04:23 PM #48
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Jeff,

My question back would be: what does quiet mean to you? I was trying to find a home like that for a client once & they bought right by a main road. To them, that was quiet enough.

Mar 28, 2018 10:17 PM #49
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Hmmmm...kind of a loaded question....quiet compared to what ?  Quiet ALL the time....except when the train goes thru...it's rush hour.....yicks !

Mar 30, 2018 02:21 AM #50
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