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Bengbeng, Home Buyer in Santa Clara, CA

For Santa Clara Westwood Oaks area, but the home is close to Lawrence, will it be any problem

Asked by Bengbeng, Santa Clara, CA Sat Feb 4, 2012

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It is hard to say as you do not give an address, but I think you are looking at Lawrence Place yes? If you are then I have toured those homes and they are right next to Lawrence exp. They are nice size homes and there is some noise that gets threw on the inside, more noise in the back yard. This does effect resale value as some buyers just will not tolerate ANY noise. What you need to do is have your realtor take you to the property if you haven't gone already an see if the noise is a problem for you, if it is not then run the comps and see if there is a discount on the home price for being close to Lawrence. You can make your offer on the home accordingly.
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Is being close to lawrence a problem for you? What concerns you about it? So many homes....so many choices.......If it is a problem for you know it will always be.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
Hi Bengbeng,
If you can get it at $699k, you are getting a great deal for a home in the Westwood Oaks neighborhood. You have pros and cons when your house backs to Lawrence:

1. Traffic noise. Sounds like rushing wind when you are standing in your backyard.

1. Easy access to Lawrence. You just turn onto that little side street De Soto to get onto Lawrence without even needing to wait at any traffic light.

2. You have no backyard neighbors. You can keep your back window shades open at all times without worrying about backyard neighbors looking into your house.

3. You get used to working with background noise. You learn to work on your computer and not let the traffic bother you. You learn to focus on your task at hand and ignore distractions. When you later go to work at your office, you find you have developed the ability to concentrate on your work even though your coworkers are talking loudly at their cubicles next to you.

4. If you have small children, you don't have to worry about them making too much noise when playing in their backyard. Your kids can yell and scream but your neighbors won't mind. Your kids noise will be muffled by the traffic noise.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
It already does sound like a problem.

I would reavaluate why you want to live there in the first place............You could get much more
if you sacrifice a bit.So many choices........even with demand , it's pent up demand. Cash is king once again. You can get everything you want. The opportunities are in your favor Beng Beng!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 5, 2012
MLS shows it listed for $699,000 as a short sale and that is now has an accepted contract on it by the seller but still needs to be approved by the bank. The pool could also be an issue for some buyers.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 4, 2012
It's this one
333 La Salle Ave, Santa Clara, the schools are good, the community is also good, (Westwood Oaks)
But too close to Lawrence, I think their price is a little too high

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 4, 2012
Generally there are no unsellable properties, it is a question of price. So if the price is right a house will sell. If you get it at the right price and the noise is not intolerable to you, you should be able to re-sell it, but at the right price for the market at that time.
Marcy Moyer
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 4, 2012

Generally, if the property close to the big roads it might be too noisy for the residents, even with double pane windows and doors.You have to go check what the level of noise and how do you feel about that. Noise can be a problem when you will need to sell it, as buyers some times picky. Even properties with popular schools stay on the market longer if they are close to noisy places.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 4, 2012
The problem is either with your self, as to the noise factor (and it changes with weather and cloud cover) and additional dirt and air pollution thrown up from traffic. The secondary problem comes down to resale. Property values go up and down based on market condition (supply and demand) and most importantly location. When demand is high and supply low (which we are entering into) more buyers subtract less for location. However when this is reversed so does the value drop.

All the best to you.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 4, 2012
Unless the home backs right up to Lawrence Expy. I don't see a problem but rather a convenience. Visit the home and see.
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