This topic comes up quite a bit in Fremont due to the Hetch-Hetchy power lines that cross over Mission Blvd and continue on to San Francisco. http://www.sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=355
For an opinion on risk 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)."
Hereâ€™s the bottom line: although there is no proof of any kind that the power lines cause issues, many are still not comfortable with power lines and therefore will not buy a home close to them.
Although they may never affect you directly while you live there, THEY WILL IMPACT YOUR RESALE VALUE if the market is slower than it is right now.
You will find lots of information if you do an internet search for electro magnetic fields.
Personally, I think the towers are unsightly and, given the lack of clarity on the subject of EFM, I would choose to live away from the towers.
This is a question you should take directly to PGE, not a real estate aggregate website.
In the meantime, each and every one of those homes is occupied by those who CHOOSE to live there.
If it's a concern to you, do not buy a home under power lines, or cell towers or flight paths or with high humidly or around trees or on a busy street or susceptible to solar flares, full moons, high pressure systems or any of the concerns a citizen may have.
You should consider this a NON-ISSUE since you also have the ability to choose where you will buy and do not have the authority to dictate where others may choose to live.
the article points out risks and actual happenings:
And one more on thsGardenWeb
Posted by patty_cakes (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 2, 06 at 16:49
Coming from a small town with a higher-than-average incidence of cancer, I would forget the house, no matter how much you love it. In our subdivision, the power lines were at the end of our street which was 1 block. The incidence of cancer in that development was mind boggleing! It seemed to take the path on the diagonal, affecting children and adults, everything from leukemia to breast cancer. We only lived there 7 years and I thank God we were given the opportunity for a job transfer. Having 5 children, and realizing this at just about the time of the move, we probably would have moved out of the town into the country. Since that move, every single one of my neighbors have died, and i've been told others have been diagonosed/died from the disease. A beautiful home in a prestidegeous neighborhood should NEVER be a reason for putting ones health, and the health of loved ones, at risk. ;o)