Does anyone have any comments to make about living across from an elementary school?

Asked by First Time Buyer, 91355 Tue Jun 16, 2009

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Matt Pickett, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Wed Apr 13, 2011
yeah your kids will have a very short walk to school however you will have to listen to recess every time you are home during the day. Maybe thats ok with some people though???
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Aug 19, 2014
In a society with extremely paranoid parents, being across the street from an elementary school puts you in the the target zone of ALL such parents.

Plus, you will be the victim of bad parenting.

And your yard will be the depository of discarded snack pacs. And don't you even think of saying a word to these by-products of bad parenting.

Then there's the 15 MPH traffic, the backed up car pool lane, the train of endless yellow school buses.

Then there are those 'special' programs where parents want to see their child on stage.

And if you have no alternative routes out of the community, you WILL be required to function within the time schedules dictated by the school

Other than that, no problem at all.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Hi, I have sold a few homes across from schools and here is my stance. The amount of noise you hear will depend greatly on how the school is situated. If the recess area is far enough in the back you most likely won't hear too much noise, if you do it's only for a short time. Drop-off and pick-up would be other times you might here noise and that will pass quickly as well. If you are very sensitive to noise then take this stuff into consideration, if not don't worry too much.

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Christina O'…, Agent, Valencia, CA
Mon Aug 18, 2014
This is a situation where opinions will differ from person to person. For some people, the noise and traffic are enough to turn them off to the home. For others, however, the proximity will add convenience to their lifestyle and be a positive factor or at least not a negative. Do you have kids that will be attending the school? Do you run an at home day care that would benefit from its location close to the school? Do you leave for work early and never see what your street looks like at 7-8 am? All things to consider when choosing a location. There are much worse business/things to be across the street from in my opinion!
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Randy Stoker, Agent, Carmichael, CA
Thu Jun 26, 2014
Location, location ,location! The school will be busy 10 months of the year with traffic and noise. Unless you don't mind the inconvenience maybe the house can be purchased for less than comparable houses in the neighborhood that are not near the school. Unless there are plans to move the school you must consider living with the school traffic as long as you own that house.
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Jim Malmberg, Agent, Burbank, AZ
Wed Jun 25, 2014
It will reduce your buyer-pool when you go to sell. That may not be important right now since we're in a seller's market. But if you need to sell the house in a soft market, then you are going to have to price it much lower than comparable homes a couple of blocks away.

Think of it this way. If you watch any real estate shows that have an agent representing a buyer, you know that one of the first questions that agents will ask is, "What is your list of must-haves in a new home?" Have you ever heard anyone say, "I absolutely have to be across the street from a school."?
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Sean Seckar, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Mon Jun 23, 2014
What is important to you? If the same house was available both by a school and a few blocks away, which would you purchase? Many people feel strongly either way. If you have kids and don't mind the traffic in the mornings and afternoons, then close to a school may be a positive attribute. If you are looking for a quieter, lower traffic area, close to a school may not be the best location. Take into account the type of school. Pre and middle schools will normally clear out quicker where high schools will have teen drivers and after school activities.

If you find a home that you like and it is near a school,I recommend hanging out in the neighborhood during peak times to see if this is something you can live with.

Again, It up to each person to decide what is right for them

Best of luck in your home search.

Sean Seckar – Realtor
RE/MAX of Santa Clarita
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Alex Meguerd…, Agent, Valencia, CA
Tue Oct 8, 2013
It really depends on your situation and what you are looking for, if you have kids that will be attending the school it might be very convenient to have the school so close so you don't have to worry about carpooling and driving your kids to school. If you don't have any kids going to the school it can be a nuisance to have the traffic and noise that comes along with having your home so close to a school. Evaluate your situation and what works best for you and move forward from there. Best of luck!

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Gus Pishue, Agent, Everett, WA
Wed Apr 13, 2011
Have you looked to see how the school is ranked in your area? If it is a highly ranked school, then there may be some value in that. If it across from the worst elementary school in your district, this may hurt value. If you have kids, this may be a very useful location for your family to live. if you do not have kids, it may be a nuisance to deal with the traffic issues that accompany all schools. I wish you good luck.
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David Akram , Agent, Granada Hills, CA
Wed Apr 13, 2011
It varies by individuals. Buyers with kids prefer this type of location so their kids can walk to school with no worries. Families without kids might not like the same fact because now you have traffic 2 times a day.

It all depends on how you feel about it. So analyze whether living across a school have any benefits to your particular situation.

Hope this helps.

David Akram
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Laura Coffey, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Sat Mar 19, 2011
That is a give or take situation. Some buyers with kids like the fact it's close and they can walk to school no worries. Some buyers don"t want to be any where near kids or a school. There is going to be annoying traffic two times a day but most likely none on the weekends and all of summer depending on the school.
I would check out the traffic rush times and see if it drives you nuts.
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., , Los Angeles, CA
Sun Aug 2, 2009
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Jesse Sierra, , Chino Hills, CA
Wed Jul 15, 2009
I live in front of a High School and there is mad traffic at 7 am and 2:45pm.
The good thing is I head out at 830. LOL.
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Michael Jones, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Tue Jul 14, 2009
"Close to schools and shopping". Used in the MLS everyday!
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Neil Mather, Agent, Valencia, CA
Tue Jun 16, 2009
All of the buyers I have shown homes to, the opinion most of the time is that they would rather not live right across from the school but rather down the street with an exit to a main street to avoid the school traffic. School is out for summer now but if it was still going on, I would recommend that you go during the school pickup and drop off times and view where the traffic flows most. If you don't mind coming out of your home and seeing the school as your front yard view then it would be very convenient for your children. Make sure that they will actually go to that school though. Call the district and give them the address and double check. I had a buyer once that was going to purchase a home across the street from Stevenson Ranch Elementary until she found out that her kids wouldn't even be able to go there. Also, keep in mind that after your kids are out of school do you still want to live in front of a school. My opinion is that it is nice to live close to a school so I can walk my kids but not to live directly across the street. I hope this info has helped you and I would love to help you find a home and work for you as your real estate agent if you are still in the market for one. You can go to our website to search for properties, obtain great information for buyers and also read the testimonials from past clients of ours.
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Eric Funk, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Tue Jun 16, 2009
My home has a path opposite it through which you can reach the school in about 2 minutes. It's great! The kids can forget about taking the bus at 8.05am - they meet at the bottom of the path at 8.40am and walk to school. Love it!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Tue Jun 16, 2009
Homes located near a school, especially an elementary school, are often regarded as desirable for young families with children. This can enhance the resale possibilities for the home.

Additionally, there is a higher degree of police presence that can be associated with neighborhood safety. "Drug Free School Zones" by regulation extend a great distance from the school boundaries also creating a safer environment for the school neighborhood.
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Nicole Burns, , Santa Clarita, CA
Tue Jun 16, 2009
Find out what time the school starts & lets out because traffic might be a concern. If you have kids it might be nice to use the fields & play areas. Also keep in mind there will be bells thruout the day. If you have kids that would attend the school then you won't have to drive them :O)

Weigh the pros & cons for your family & then decide,
Nicole Burns
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