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Dave Harned, Home Buyer in Burbank, CA

What about buying a house across from an elementary school?

Asked by Dave Harned, Burbank, CA Tue Jan 14, 2014

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Hi Dave,

It all depends on your preference. If you have family members that attend that school that would be a plus, if not then it's up to you.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2014
Of all the schools usually an Elementary School is the best to lice close too. No matter what living by a school will bring traffic and people but for some folks that's good.

Best wishes in your house hunt!

The Foggs in Burbank
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 17, 2014
Dave, if it's a top-ranked school, that's great! You may have extra traffic during the pick-up and drop-off times, but that will be offset by no noise at night, on weekends, or during the summer. You also have more police presence in the area as well. I just put 848 N. Avon into escrow and it's right across from Roosevelt Elementary.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 11, 2014
Hi Dave,

If you have kids that go to that school it would be great ! The challenge living across the street from the school is that it is very busy early in the morning and late afternoon ,but it is usually very quiet at night & on weekends. Good Luck !
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 18, 2014
When purchasing a home across from an elementary school be sure to find out how the school ranks. The higher the school ranks the better. Avoid buying the home if the school is in the bottom third.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 16, 2014
"Avoid buying the home if the school is in the bottom third."

That sounds like steering to me.
Flag Tue Mar 11, 2014
Hi Dave!

Great to meet you.

Just like anything else, there are pros and cons to purchasing a home across from an elementary schools. The specific school will have a lot of to with it. For example, it is a school that is active with various activities, a summer program or after school access for extra curriculum functions?

My clients purchased a home across the street from their daughter's elementary school last year and they love it because it facilitates their participation in the school. Having said that, the next door neighbor, who happens to be a friend of mine, currently has me looking for a home for her away from the school because There is a lot of traffic in the mornings and afternoon and she was just hired to be a creative writer so she needs the peace and quite to work from home.

I shared these two examples with you because at the end of the day, it all boils down to your specific lifestyle. There will be people who will pay a premium to live next to a school and there will be people who will pay a premium to live as far away from one as possible.

If there is anything I can help you with or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. We have a "Getting Ready to Buy" program that might be helpful.

All the best!

Diana Rosero
Prime Partners @ Keller Williams Burbank
Designated Broker, CDPE, CPRES, CHS, SFR
BRE# 01806901
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 16, 2014
Great answer!
Flag Thu Jan 16, 2014
IMO across from an Elementary school is OK. If YOU are OK with it, it is a personal choice. You know during school hours (especially in the morning and during recess) there will be more activity there. But it will be quiet after hours and on weekends, then certainly during summer. For resale value, it will come again to the buyer's personal choice. Though it can be attractive to family with elementary age children. Usually a reason people move is for school location and districts. I do recommend being across from a Middle School or certainly not across from a high school.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014
Hi Dave,

Mornings, afternoons, any times when there are performances, back to school nights etc. will have heavy traffic. The other issue is parking. Many schools do not have enough on site parking for all the teachers, much less visitors, so parking is usually at a premium. If, in addition to the school, you are adjacent to local businesses, that can also further complicate the parking and traffic issues.

In the end you will need to think about your lifestyle and if these issues will meaningfully affect the way you entertain or live in any meaningful way. From a resale perspective it will eliminate some buyers, so that may be a factor to take into consideration. If you have school age children, this scenario may end up being a huge plus.

I am President of Roosevelt Elementary School Booster Club and can offer more insights based on my experiences with that school. If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to contact me:

Ana Connell
G&C Properties
DRE #01802303
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014
A school can be good depending on your family situation. Obviously if you have kids that attend the school its great since the kids can just go to the school...

The upside is that schools are very quiet at night and weekends when you're home. The downside is that there will be traffic at 7:00-8 am for drop off and 2:00- 3:00 for pick up.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014
This is a personal decision. Some people don't want to live near a school and some like it. No neighbors in the evening usually and if you have kids in that age range, its very convenient.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014
There will be traffic 2 times a day that is very heavy. Obviously no one is usually there after 5PM, holidays, vacations, and weekends. Some people absolutely hate it and some people like it.
I would visit the location at different times of the day and see if it will fit your life style or not.
When selling homes I have found most people do not want to live by a school.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014
Selling a home across the street from an elementary school can have a negative impact on the price since there are buyers who may have issues with the noise.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014

For some people being across from the Elementary school is a great option (definitely better than a high school). I have a client with 3 children and he loves just having to cross the street, or let his oldest take her siblings across the street to school while he watches from the front porch.

Other benefits - you have a great park to play in on the weekends; school lets out around 2-3 p.m. so you have a quiet, non-residential building across the street from you evenings and weekend, when you are home enjoying your outdoor space; often you are across the street from the school yard, so you have wide open expanses of green and colorful play equipment as your view and not your neighbors garage; I could go on.

Of course, for people who do not have kids, or don't like kids, this is a bad alternative. So when you go to resell, those people will probably not be in the buyer pool.

Shel-lee Davis BRE #01817412
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 14, 2014
Isn't the worst idea especially if you have kids or are expecting to have kids.

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079

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