It is somewhat busy however there are many homes on this street and the speed limit is 30 mph. If you have small children you would want to sit back off the road. The elementary school is on James so there are areas of the street that require 15 mph. Many children do walk home from school on James and it has always been very safe.... more
"Buyer to verify square footage" is a general disclaimer that all Realtors should inform their buyers on. We have listed and sold many bi-level, split foyer homes with downstairs space counted fully as GLA. Even when a door goes directly into a garage. We have also listed and sold homes that are built over a basement and counted that space at a reduced price per square foot to determine value.
Does the upper space flow naturally to the downstairs space or is it usually closed off by a door? It is so hard to answer your question without seeing the home and all your points below are valid especially that most if not all homes on Signal with basement space are built on a sloping grade.
Have you considered asking a builder to look at the work you plan to do? Get advice from as many experts as possible. This reply is a bit "after the fact" so please let us know how you have progressed.... more