I, myself, would not ever purchase a home that backs up to power lines no matter how close they are. You are questioning, so why wouldn't any other Buyer? I'm always thinking resale.
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Remember the wise investor rule of thumb - you make your money when you buy - not when you sell. That means you have to buy right and it is so true - avoid the power lines!
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You received some great info here...I agree with Julie on a personal level. On a professional level I will always recommend a lower list price for a home with power lines in the backyard sight line compared to other homes in the neighborhood without that issue. When you have power lines in view you are immediately limiting the number of prospective purchaser for your home when it comes time to resale.
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Sometimes both may be on a pole and look confusing. If you see transformenrs connected to the wires then it is local distribution lines.
Transmission lines may run in back yards and local distribution lines run mostly along the front yards.
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This has come up before on Voices about Dunwoody - this questioner named "Ncr" was trying to buy a FSBO and he was dead set on buying next to power lines. See the web reference.
Dan Connolly gave a good general answer: "There is a`lot of research which proves that there is more electromagnetic radiation from a microwave or a TV set than the power lines. Also countless studies that prove no higher incidence of cancers etc. from the power lines. (Mainly funded by the power companies) Yet the public opinion that there is a danger persists, so that long term appreciation and the ease of selling your home in the future could be affected."
I made my point to this fellow, and it's the same as Julie's point.
Who cares if they are high voltage or not - avoid the stigma.