Aesthetically, it sounds like the power lines are not an issue for you so I will address your primary concerns:
"Are there any health risks associated with being so close to these lines?"
There are plenty of reports and studies on this subject. I'm not sure a conclusion to this question has been reached. I have run into this problem on more than one occasion. For an opinion I turned to a friend who is an electrical engineer who wrote the following:
"In general, the power of the EM field rolls off with the square of the distance from the source. I think that I read somewhere that 300 feet is the region of concern. However, 60 Hz is very low frequency, and I really donâ€™t think there is much merit to the health concern. Also, if you are within a foot of a power cord in your home or office, or even a wall with power running in it, youâ€™ll be exposed to the same field strength (you have to be close though)."
"Would these cause any issues with TV, cell phone, cordless phone or wireless network reception or cause issues with DSL?"
Great questions for both the owner and neighbors (hint, hint).
"If high winds or a nasty storm rip through the neighborhood and knocks a line loose, is there a decent chance the line would cause the house to catch fire if it touches the house?"
I suppose anything is possible; however, probability is another thing altogether. When is the last time you heard of this happening? You can always call the power company and ask when this last occurred as well.
Here is a link to the 'Health Physics Society' which specializes in radiation safety. They state that their findings are inconclusive when it comes to living near power lines. Take a look!
Hope you find this helpful.
Prudential Connecticut Realty
I guess we all have power lines around us - but most of them are buried. You should be able to find information on-line through google about the power lines.
It does take the right buyer for these homes. They don't sell as quickly as homes with buried power lines. We haven't had to make the price much lower than other homes in the neighborhood, but we have had to voercome that objection with more buyers.
PS. One of the homes is under contract and closes in April.
On a personal note I would research the potential health risks to my family it it were me.