Is This a Quiet Neighborhood?
I often get asked by buyers if the neighborhood is a quiet one. It's a good lifestyle question.
Sometimes 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.
If 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.
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.
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