My daughter is buying her first home. She found the perfect place. It is nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac. It has big green space and no windows behind her. It has no neighbors to the side. Sounds ideal, right? She doesn’t know, because that green space and neighbor-free area is an elementary school.
As her mom, I think it is perfect karma and justice for when she was in elementary school, and her school was located behind us. I worked from home and she had big mouth that would yell, “mom” at recess. every. single. day. At the time I thought it was because she missed me and she needed to know right then if she could have a friend over after school or whatever pressing item she asked. Now, she tells me it was because she would tell her friends, “Look, I can make my mom come to the fence.”
But, as her Realtor, I need to help her work through the issue of, is the elementary school my ideal neighbor. She has no kids. She likes them, but may not want to hear their cheery voices first think in the morning, although I really hope one stands at the fence yelling, “Kenna! Kenna!” She may not love the people that come let their dog run and play in the grass which may make her dog want to run and play and bark hellos. She may not love the lawn mowers the come early to mow all the grass. She may not love the clanging of the swings when it is windy at 2
But, she may love the fact that weekends and nights there are no loud neighbors. She may love the fact that her neighbor is pretty much guaranteed to keep up their property. She may grow to love the “background noise” while she is home during the day. She may have kids one day and enjoy being able to see her kiddos play while at recess, or be able to take them to play after work. She may love the fact that she has a big open green space that she doesn’t have to maintain or pay for but can look at and enjoy.
So at the end of the day, she will need to weigh the alternatives and figure out if the benefits outweigh the negatives and if she should make an offer or keep looking.
Location is a big deal. It is the biggest thing of real estate that will determine your future value and the only thing you have no chance at changing. What is important to you may not be important to everyone. And things that aren’t important to you may be important to your future buyer. It should not be over looked or downplayed. Take the time to find the location perfect for your needs.