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Lance, Home Buyer in Atlanta, GA

high voltage power lines in Grant Park?

Asked by Lance, Atlanta, GA Sat Feb 16, 2008

I have posted a few times here with questions about Grant Park as I am looking to buy there. In driving around I have noted that there is a series of aluminum poles with power lines that appear to be high voltage going along Grant Street (basically just a couple blocks away from the west side of the park). Then on each of the streets there are larger lines that go west-east that provide power for houses on those streets.

Does anyone know how high the voltage is on the lines coming from the larger poles? Is it enough that we should be concerned over EMF? How far away from these should our house be? What about from the larger lines coming from these poles along the streets lining the west side of the park? Any thoughts, opinions, knowledge would be useful here. I contacted Georgia Power but did not receive a response yet. Thanks!

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As a Grant Park neighbor and Grant Street resident, I've never heard a concern about those lines. They are quite high up on those towers and away from any homes. If I had a concern it would be having any transformer on a regular Georgia Power pole that can be found in any neighborhood, not just Grant Park.

I believe those 50 high lines transport power from the GA Power sub-station at the end of Cherokee Ave up North - they don't actually connect to the poles providing power to the homes in this residential area.

Like I said, I live on Grant Street and am very involved in the Neighborhood and at the NPU level.

We are planning our Spring Fling in the Park later this month - see my web-site below for a link to the details - Ramiro Garcia http://www.DweLLintown.com or http://www.GrantParkExpert.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 6, 2008
Lance, I know the exact lines you are talking about. Hunter is correct about the effects that high voltage power lines have on re-sale value. If the power lines are not visible from the property itself, it may not effect the resale as much. As far as the health risk, I'm no expert on that but see the link below for more information.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
I feel certainthat Georgia Power IS the best resource for the specifics. Many of the studies conducted in the US claim there is no problem living in close proximity to Power Lines, in terms of your health. It is still controversial and there is yet to be a conclusive study. As a Realtor I will tell you that power lines can have a significant effect on property value, marketing time or both. In the intown Atlanta market MANY homes are either close to a train right of way, commercial spaces, an expressway or power lines. Because of this there may be some hesitation by some buyers to view or purchase homes with these types of "neighbors" Often choosing a location and the perfect home is a matter of some compromise. Individual taste varies greatly and as quickly as one person says they'd never live near the train another says they'd love to live by a train.
A GREAT Realtor can help you sift through the selling history of the homes near these detractions as well as homes in the area that were not located by a detraction to see what the impact has been. Check out our 25 Resale Problems BUYERS should consider before buying, inthe link below.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
The answer is that yes, they are high voltage power lines. The voltage is 230 kv.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Hi Lance,
I've had a lot of luck getting in touch with a gal at Georgia Power to answer my questions. I strongly suggest you make the contact to get your questions answered. I know that Georgia Power has done a lot of work in the area to bring the service up to date and are looking to do mass plantings around the area to cut down on noise (if any) and add a bit of beautification to a necessary project.
Sorry I can't offer any more . . .
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 17, 2008
Lance,

You actually just heard from a GREAT Intown Atlanta agent, Hunter with Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta. His advice is so sound that it makes me wonder even more about your insatiably curious situation. His advice is as good as you will receive from anyone who is not a Georgia Power expert.

The fact that you get great free advice here at Trulia Voices is unquestionable, but, you selected one of Atlanta's 36,000 real estate agents to be your fiduciary, and it's not Hunter, or me, or anyone else who knows the Grant Park market here at Trulia Voices.

You don't come to Trulia Voices to get your Buyer Broker's advice, do you?

Who is advising you when you aren't here amongst the talent at Trulia Voices?

Who is advising you when you write your earnest money check?

Who is advising you during your due diligence period?

Who is helping you make an informed decision, aside from us free advisors?

You are a smart guy, and you are smarter for coming here.

Caveat emptor.
Web Reference: http://intowninsider.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 16, 2008
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