I have close friend who swears power lines caused her child to become ill. I also know other people who live close to power lines and aside form them being unsightly and sometimes giving off weird sounds, they have had had no health related issues with them.
The BEST person to ask this question is your family doctor. He./she should be able to provide you some real facts backed by research studies.
Best of luck to you!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
Regarding Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation from Power Lines:
There are plenty of reports and studies on this subject; however, I'm not sure a FINAL conclusion to this question has been reached.
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)."
The truth is that some people will not care about the electrical towers and some will. I would say given a choice, Buyers would choose not to live by electrical towers (or any other non-standard condition) for aesthetic and/or health concerns (whether justified or not). These sensitivities will ebb-and-flow depending on supply/market conditions and how long the Buyer plans to occupy the property.
Hope this helps!
Buying a home near power lines, especially high power transmission lines has been a resale issue and I suspect will continue to be one. As Realtors, the vast majority of us are not scientists or Doctors. We are not qualified to answer the question as to whether there may be health issues related to living close to power lines. There are countless articles arguing this subject that you may find doing a Google or Bing search.
What we are qualified to tell you is that the general market for homes in the proximity to power lines is less than the same home far away from them. If you decide that you are comfortable with any safety issues you must get a great deal and then be prepared to give a comparably great deal when you choose to sell.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
The Real Estate Group
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