Impact of ambient Road Noise on resale

Asked by Jeffrey, 22180 Sun Mar 8, 2009

I am looking at hjomes in the Cinammon Creek area of Vienna, VA, and concerned about the ever present noise from the nearby highways. (seems to be an issue all over Vienna & Falls Church). One property actually backs up to the toll road's noise barrier. The noise level in the house is minimal with the windows open. It is ever present - but not loud enough to be annoying in the back yard. How much would this affect values relative to homes without the issue? Anyone have any general advice or word of wisdom?

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Vicky Chrisn…, Agent, Purcellvile, VA
Sat Mar 14, 2009
Just remember, that house will have to be a bargain compared to anything else that is comparable; no matter when it sells. The bottom line is that some people will overlook it, but only for the right price....yourself included.
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Doug Francis, Agent, McLean, VA
Sat Mar 14, 2009
Keep in mind that the Toll Road has a long term construction project that is about to begin... which will add to the noise over the next 10 years. After that, there will be additional Metro Rail train noise.
If you want to get a taste of that noise, then walk across the Gallows Road bridge at Dunn Loring Station or at the Cedar Lane overpass of I66.
I showed a rambler over there a few months ago... and there was considerable noise from the "concrete brook".
-doug francis, ABR Vienna
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Mary Margaret…, , Fairfax County, VA
Mon Mar 9, 2009
Hello Jeffrey,

You are right about the road noise issue in Vienna and Falls Church- and in several other areas in Northern Virginia, too, for that matter. You will have to evaluate the other factors in the neighborhood such as location, price, how much you like the house, schools, amenities and so on and figure out what matters more. And when you sell that house, the new buyer will have to do the same evaluation. In close-in areas near major roads, deciding how much noise you want to live with will always be a factor. One good thing about toll road noise- it dies down considerably at night.

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Mar 8, 2009

The fact that you are inquiring about this is an indication of certain future concerns. Factors such as road sound, airport noise, railroad etc. most definitely will impact this properties resale value and impact your quality of life there.
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