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Desiwarrior, Renter in San Jose, CA

Pollution concerns with Renting near a highway in Campbell?

Asked by Desiwarrior, San Jose, CA Fri Apr 5, 2013

My Wife and I are looking to rent a home in Campbell. We love this place that has its backyard literally on the other side of the wall of HW 17. With double pane windows we dont hear the noise but that is not the concern. Concern is health considering that we might eventually want to have children and what might be the effects of such a move. Any guidance would be deeply appreciated. This is a BIG decision for us and we wanted to make an informed one and looking for guidance.

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I'm not aware of any studies of health issues from living near highways. Yes, there is noise and pollution. Dual pane windows help with noise. Plants will help with filtering pollution.

Often some of the nicest and most affordable (and now the newer) places in Silicon Valley, including Campbell, are located near freeways, railroad tracks and commercial zones.

There are U.S. Dept. of Health studies that show whether there are cancer and/or birth defect clusters in different areas. That may help you.
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Are you serious? You may not be aware but there are tremendous health risks living next to high traffic areas.
Flag Fri Jul 18, 2014
Hi Desi:

Thanks for your posting.

To be frank, anytime anyone posts a question that pertains to health, safety or environment, we have to refer you back to your own health care professional. Conversations about how any environment or environmental factors will affect your life is an issue outside of the scope of real estate, and it is the reason that doctors and nurses are licensed to practice in California--only a physician will know enough about your current state of health to tell you and your wife how environmental factors will affect your health and the health of current or future children.

So make a phone call to your doctor and get his/her advice on how these factors will affect you. The Real Estate professionals here--unless also simultaneously licensed as a doctor--have insufficient information to properly provide you with guidance in this matter.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 5, 2013
To be honest, it’s not possible to live in the Bay Area anywhere without being exposed to all kinds of environmental issues. Hundreds of thousands of Bay Area homes back to freeways and/or busy streets. If there was a serious health issue related to living backed up to a freeway, we’d have heard about it by now. I personally do not believe it’s an issue.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 5, 2013
Thanks for the response Carl. :)
Flag Fri Apr 5, 2013
You are renting and not buying so your stay may be not be that long.

Every person has their own tolerance when it comes to noise and pollution. I used to live near a Freeway and I didn't notice exhaust smell from the cars and Highway 85 was lower than the neighborhood. We did get more dust and there was noise.

If you suffer from asthma or other lung issues, you may want to discuss this with your doctor.
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Thanks Terri!:)
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