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Elliot, Home Buyer in Austin, TX

How safe /annoying to live near rail tracks in North Central Austin?

Asked by Elliot, Austin, TX Tue Apr 8, 2008

Found a house in Crestview and behind the fenced in yard is the rail tracks where the future light rail will run past. How often do the freight trains run past how loud and does it vibrate the house at all hours. Should I run the other way?

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Heather Kight’s answer
Our first home was in Crestview and we were three houses from the railroad tracks. The trains become part of your environment and after a week or so they become routine background noise. No need to run the other way!

Heather Kight
Keller Williams Realty
Web Reference: http://www.heatherkight.net
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 23, 2010

I lived two houses away from the Crestview tracks (across Woodrow plus one house) for 4 years and worked from home at the time. I found the train not cumbersome and running a couple times a day. However, other posts below are correct ... that will be light rail and they have been running some test light rail trains through there. I would check the neighborhood associaton at http://www.crestviewna.org/ includling the neighborhood yahoo group ... you could join the yahoo group and ask rail questions.

Remember, resale could be tough but it is a hot and trendy neighborhood.

Julie Nelson
The Nelson Project @ Keller Williams Realty
Web Reference: http://www.tnpblog.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 10, 2008
http://www.capmetro.org You may want to check out their website. Service will start in October, hopefully.

Carol Pease
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
If resale is important to you, yes run the other way. When considering resale - the question you should ask is - will this run off buyers in the future? My opinion is that it will.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 10, 2014
I live two house from the railroad tracks and it's never been an issue for us. The Metro runs during the day and the frieght trains do run at night. We have a little baby and it's never bothered her. They are definitely loud but it's interesting...I stopped noticing after a week.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 21, 2010
I heard that they will run light rail in the daytime and freight trains at night on the same track. Light rail should be quiet. I am not sure about the fright trains at night though...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 4, 2009
That is the light rail. You are going towant to check into the metro station infor or run times. With all the hype about the metro lately and the price of gas going up, you may want to pay a little extra for that. :-)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 9, 2008

I agree with Ki's suggestion. Check with the city for daily runtimes. Once you have those, I suggest going to the house at various times of the day/night to experience it for yourself - of course you most likely will not be able to get into the house to do this, but you can park and walk around on the street.

You may also consider speaking to some of the neighbors and asking them some questions about the noise level, frequency, etc.

Keep in mind that in a situation such as this one that a discount for this factor should be built into the price of the home, when compared with others in the neighborhood. That's good for you when buying, but it will also impact you when selling in the future.

Best regards,
Danny Gallant - Realtor
The Gallant Group @ Keller Williams
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 9, 2008
I would call the city and ask. I have heard that more trains will run but they will cause less noise. But I would call the city and get it straight from the source.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 8, 2008
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