Everyone seems to love a good corner lot, but are they really as great they look?Â Iâ€™ll admit upfront that Iâ€™m prejudiced against them, but Iâ€™ve worked with many customers to design homes that they love on many wonderful corner lots.Â Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve learned.Â Just like the old Clint Eastwood movie, corner lots have some Good, Bad and then thereâ€™s the downright Ugly part to them.
Thereâ€™s absolutely no denying that a corner lot feels bigger and more wide open.Â There is the excitement that comes with all the flexibility of having roads on the front and side.Â You can have a side load garage, which eliminates those large garage doors that so many people just donâ€™t like on the front of their homes.Â You can design beautiful front porches that wrap around the side.Â And of course, the ultimate good for the anti-social types â€“ you only have one side neighbor.
So what could possibly be bad about a corner lot?Â Well, letâ€™s start with more landscaping, irrigation and maintenance.Â Typically, you have to be concerned about some key landscape beds in the front and back.Â Now thereâ€™s the side yard to plant and maintain.Â Remember, how good it felt to have the wide open corner lot.Â Unfortunately, many cities reduce the area where you can build on a corner lot, so that traffic visibility isnâ€™t affected.Â For example, a side load garage will have to be setback more from the property line, so that a car not parked in the garage, isnâ€™t hanging into the sidewalk and road.
Far and away the biggest complaint on the corner lot and â€œThe Uglyâ€ for this conversation is the noise and privacy concerns due to auto, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.Â Now we have to design and be aware of this on multiple sides.Â For many people, this concern results in adding additional fencing and landscape buffers.
Iâ€™m still not sure whether the Bad and Ugly outweigh the Good, but I think itâ€™s always healthy to go into a lot purchase with your eyes wide open.