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Zelo, Home Buyer in Fremont, CA

Thinking of buying an Ardenwood house 5 house down from the train track, on Ridgewood Drive how noisy is this house? Help.

Asked by Zelo, Fremont, CA Sat Jan 23, 2010

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Congratulation for your thoughts of buying a home now, specially in Forest Park Elementary school area.
It's great time to buy now since interest rates and home prices are still low.

I agree with Erica Starkey that depends what you think noisy is. Also, like Sunil Sethi said, clients feel the noise for two weeks. New home owners get used to the noise and don't notice it.

Buyers also consider the resale factor for such home close to rail road. When you want to sale, you may get less than asking price or reduced price due to the noise factor.

BTW, in my experience the rail road companies are not giving any train schedules, and no certain timing
for the trains also when we call. I believe they don't want to write a blank checks.

Good luck to you,

Charo Bhatt
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I always have my clients talk to the neighbors since I'm sure they struggled with that questions as well in buying their homes. the answer they've always given me is that it was noisy the 1st two weeks and now they don't notice it.

If you have doubts then don't consider the home or if you're the type that doesn't adopt easily to new surrounding, then pick an more tranquil location.




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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 23, 2010
It depends on what you think noisy is. It also depends on how soundproof the house is. I would talk to neighbors and see what they think. Also get a train schedule and go sit by the house when a train comes by and see hohw much you notice it.
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Zelo, If you are 5 houses down from the track, I don't think the noise would be too much. Usually the home right next to the track is the one that gets the most noise. Good Luck.
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There are two train tracks at your location: the obvious one are the tracks on the other side of the sound wall on Dunhill Drive. The trains using this set of tracks are completely hidden by the sound wall barriers and can only actually be seen from Paseo Padre. I’ve had friends living on Dunhill and they tolerated the trains with no problem at all: once you are inside the homes, the trains are unnoticeable. A major complaint about any train is the whistle or horn – in this case, the whistle stops are located far away and the trains do not used their horns while going by. The closest whistle stop in the southerly direction is on Jarvis in Newark. In the northerly direction, it is on Fremont / Alvarado. In reality, the only way you know a train is passing is a low rumbling sound that is easily masked by the double pane windows in the homes.

Ironically, the second train is noisier: it is the train ride on the other side of the chain link fence of Ardenwood Historical Farm. The caveat here is that this is a train ride for kids, and any noise is only during the days typically on weekends when the park is open for guests. The guests make more noise than the train! I have never heard a single complaint about this train ride, although it has been operating for a number of years now. The largest source of noise in the area is actually I-880 and the Civil War reenactment that happens in Ardenwood Historical Farm one weekend a year.

You can get a schedule from Union Pacific Railway (http://www.up.com), and go walk the area when a train is going by. I think you will discover it is not a problem at all. It has definitely NOT hurt home values on Dunhill Dr.
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Zelo -

The only one that can really answer, is you. What is loud to you may not be to me. I would suggest walking around the neighborhood and different times of the day/night to hear the noise level for yourself. Talk to neighbors, ask if it ever bothers them. Are there times when it is or seems louder than others?

Many people that live by trains, get very use to it and it becomes sort of a background noise that they do not recognize. Others simply can not stand it. Only you will be able to decide.

Good luck,
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At the risk of sounding flip.........BE THERE WHEN THE TRAIN COMES THROUGH.

DO ask the neighbors. Get the train schedule, and ask a neighbor for help in determining noise level.

An honest request to a neighbor - and a scheduled appointment - you can be in a home close enough to the tracks and will answer your question thoroughly and allow you to make a decision.

Good Luck!
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