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Jerrrrrry, Home Buyer in 26003

I'm interested in a house but it has an awful parking situation. Is there any 'outside the box' solutions I can consider?

Asked by Jerrrrrry, 26003 Fri Dec 9, 2011

It's a capecod house on a busy road. There is no parking in front of the house, or across the street. There's a small pull-off down the road but it definitely would not be a solution.
The driveway off the road, down to the basement/garage is very steep, and behind it, is a very steep hill/drop off down to the woods.
This could potentially be dangerous in the winter. But the main problem is that even if we found a way to park one car in the garage, and another in the driveway (blocking garage), it would be impossible to have guests over with no where to park.

There is too steep of a slope from the road to the front yard, but I don't think we'd be able to park in the yard anyway as a work around.

Any ideas for what we could do?
Here is the Google street-view of the house in question: http://g.co/maps/v4pjr

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First, it was very helpful to post a Google street view of the situation. Thanks.

Unfortunately, I don't have any excessively creative ideas. The obvious one is to widen your driveway at the top--in the direction of the tree. Make it at least wide enough for a second car to fit in that space. That way, a second car could park there without blocking access to the garage.

I wouldn't like the solution that one your neighbors across the street did--running the parking in a "U" shape parallel to the street. That'd chew up your entire from yard. and you've said (though it isn't clear from the photo) that it's really too steep anyway.

As for guests, at least you'd be creating an additional space and providing some maneuvering room so that if one guest knew he/she had to leave early, they could park in the small added space. You'd still be putting your car in the garage and have space on the driveway for a few additional cars. And for really big get-togethers, you might ask one of your neighbors (such as the one across the street) if one or more of your guests could park there.

Hope that helps.
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
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Consider employing one of the newly licensed teenage drivers in your neighborhood to run a valet service when you do parties. You'll be empowering them with the work ethic young Americans need now that paper routes are being eliminated, and your guests will feel like they are being treated to Jerrrrry's luxury chalet. Teens love to drive, and your guests are probably insured if you can afford a steep driveway, so just throw the kids a twenty for the night, and problem solved!
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