I have been an Almaden resident for over 25 years. When we were younger and before our family, we really weren't concerned with getting involved with the neighbors. Each pocket of Almaden is different, as is so with any community. More people are able to drive their cars into their garages and may avoid getting to know their neighbors this way, however I do see quite a bit of people going for walks with their families, dogs, etc. Not everyone wants to get to know their neighbors, but there is a private site called NextDoor.com that neighborhoods have created where you can get to know your neighbors, set up play dates, exercise groups, etc. It's always a good idea to get to know your neighbors so that you can look out for each other and meet new friends as well. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there.... more
If you are talking about the normal utility lines that run through back yards in many Bay Area neighborhoods, then Andrea Wince is spot on. Many of the nicer established neighborhoods with the huge lots and beautiful, stately homes are the also ones with the utility poles between the yards (usually straddling the rear fences. They carry power, cable and phones.
They didnâ€™t start going underground with utilities until the mid-to-late 60â€™s. I live in one of the first neighborhoods with buried power lines and it has been a nightmare â€“ they didnâ€™t get the technology correct the first time â€¦ we have constant power failures and have to wait for them to come out and dig up everything before we can get power restored.
Iâ€™d buy a home in those neighborhoods ANY day.
However, if you are talking about the large high-tension transmission lines, then CJ gets kudos for providing a great link.
I agree with the post: there are no proven medical issues, but there is a large group out there that strongly advocate against high tension power lines (on the weekends they are not at UFO conferences â€¦ :^)
In reality, there are a few factors that give people cause for concern:
(1) They can hum â€“ it can be a bit distracting.
(2) There is the concept that they are bad, so many people will not buy next to power lines even though there is no certain proof there are any issues. This can have the effect of lowering your salability and possibly decrease the price.
(3) Many people think they are very unsightly and therefore will not buy a home next to high-tension power transmission lines.
Other than that, there is nothing wrong with them â€¦