8 Great Reasons to Buy a Home on a Busy Street More Eyes, Less Crime

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8 Great Reasons to Buy a Home on a Busy Street Part 2 of 8 More Eyes Less Crime 

Why Buy a Home on a Busy Street: Part 2 of 8 Less Crime

By Michelle Carr-Crowe, San Jose Lynbrook High Home Expert Selling Homes in Cupertino Schools

Did you know there are multiple benefits to buying a home on a busy street? There are at least 8 that I count in this series. Many buyers make the mistake of rejecting a home on a busy street sight unseen because of the address or proximity to noise or traffic.

The reality is a large number of people living in Silicon Valley have also lived in big cities, such as Mumbai, Beijing and San Francisco. Visiting the virtual tour or the open house to see how a home possibly meets their needs, including financial affordability, is a worthwhile exercise.


In my first post  I showed that the  First Reason to consider buying a home on a busy street is it’s usually less costly than one on an inside street. The Second Potential Benefit to Buying a Home on a Busy Street can be Less Crime due to “more eyeballs”.

Surprisingly, people living on busy streets find it seems they have less crime because of the traffic and number of "eyeballs" of people out and about. And for a corner home, especially one at a stop sign or light, drivers have to stop and look – and if they see something suspicious, it’s easy to report it.

Security Expert Gavin de Becker, author of The Gift of Fear, says that the majority of thieves prefer to break into homes that allow them to “hide” while they work. Thieves especially want to hide away from neighbors’ eyes, preferring dark, poorly-lit streets, overgrown man-sized shrubbery and secluded locations.



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A home located on a street with foot, bike and car traffic benefits from pedestrians’, cyclists’,  drivers’ eyes and neighbors’ eyes going by and noting anyone suspicious.

San Jose Police typically recommend brighter front yard lighting as a deterrent to theft. The brighter lighting common on a busy street does just that.

Before bypassing what could be your dream home because it's located on a busy street, why not take a look at homes like 6529 Rainbow Drive, SJ at open house, and examine all of your options before choosing the perfect home for your family. Text bestbuy to (408) 868-5685 for immediate photos and details to your mobile device.



In looking at the West San Jose, Calif. Lynbrook High sales data for the year, on average, it’s about 7 to 10 percent less costly to buy a home on a busy street. At these prices, that’s can mean a $40,000 to near $100,000 difference in price paid.

Combine a better home and a lower price plus more eyeballs for less crime…those are just 2 of the 8 benefits of buying a home on a busy street.

Before bypassing what could be your dream home because it’s located on a busy street, why not take a look at homes like 5410 Bollinger, San Jose at this weekend’s open house? Consider working with a real estate consultant like me who helps you examine all of your options, including buying a home on a busy street, before choosing the perfect home for your family.

Part 1: 8 Great Reasons to Buy a Home on a Busy Street Part 1 of 8: Better Home,Lower Price


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Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
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Great post with valid points! However, I have had many conversations with "elderly" persons who still drive and they just can't seem to be agile enough to back out of a busy street.

But, I think all of your points are great and I never thought of it that way. You can bet I will use your points to sell any homes on a artial street.

Aug 25, 2012 02:59 PM #1
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Michelle.  Excellent point.  I would actually reblog this post, but there is an issue with your html codes

Aug 25, 2012 03:34 PM #2
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Michelle, you listed a great point, but in order to get more traffic and less call backs would be to adjust your post.

Aug 25, 2012 03:43 PM #3
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Good morning Michelle - Busier streets are appealing to a large demographic and your post is excellent. As others have pointed out, you have a code problem, but the content is fantastic!

Aug 25, 2012 10:39 PM #4
Michael Jacobs
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Hi Michelle -- a great example of turning lemons into lemonade.  I like your way of thinking!

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