Lakes and Birds - Neighborhood and Railroad Track Information Needed..

Asked by Gokul Donthi, Alta Vista P.u.d., Austin, TX Fri Jan 4, 2013

1. In the neighborhood of Falcon and Lark on Lowry Road, does anyone if it is hard to sell or get good price due to the railroad track nearby?
2. Where could I find the frequency of the trains on this track?
3. Is there any noise or any other issues due to the railroad track in this neighborhood.

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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sun Jan 6, 2013
Q: In the neighborhood of Falcon and Lark on Lowry Road, does anyone if it is hard to sell or get good price due to the railroad track nearby?
A: Depends on the prevailing market. In a hot market, anything sells. In a slow market, buyers look for excuses to not buy – railroad tracks are definitely an issue in a slow market. As well as busy intersections, proximity to a major road, overhead power transmission lines, airports and glide paths, sports fields, industrial plants … you get the idea.

Q: Where could I find the frequency of the trains on this track?
A: I’m going to disagree with my colleagues – once the ACE Train hits Fremont, it uses the same track as Amtrak – it goes behind Gilbert, Bishop, Greenwood, Baine, Hansen and over I-880 into Newark. It follows Baine through Newark and then heads south at Sycamore. It does NOT use the tracks by Lowry.

The tracks going through north Fremont and crossing Lowry are a Union Pacific line that stretches from San Jose through Oakland. Traffic is not frequent and I’ve never seen any of the freight trains using the track moving very quickly. These trains also go through Ardenwood and are essentially a non-issue because of the sound walls and slow speeds the trains use. The primary concern with trains is the whistle at crossings – in the case of Lowry, the closest whistle stops are Alvarado Boulevard in Union City to the north and Jarvis Avenue in Newark to the south. I’ve been in homes on Sedge when trains have passed behind and the noise has not been very severe. With dual pane windows, it’s almost negligible – you can now even get triple pane windows. A bigger concern is the fact that the tracks are elevated through that area and the trains are up higher than normal. In fact, from some of the houses on Sandpiper, Gull and Sedge, from the rear bedrooms on the second story you can almost look directly into the engineers eyes as they cruise by. Quite frankly, that’s a feature that my kids would have loved when they were younger.

Contact Union Pacific for frequency: http://www.up.com/aboutup/contact/index.htm

Q: Is there any noise or any other issues due to the railroad track in this neighborhood.
A: As Steve has pointed out, wherever you have a sound wall of any kind, it’s a target for graffiti. This is true of freeways as well. As bad as graffiti might be at any time, I’ve never seen it as bad as when I was in Rome and rode the Trenitalia trains through the region. We were flabbergasted and grateful that here in the Tri-city area, they stay on top of graffiti on a regular basis.

You can also check out the crime map for the area:
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/fremont/crime/
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sat Jan 5, 2013
Hi Gokul,

"1. In the neighborhood of Falcon and Lark on Lowry Road, does anyone if it is hard to sell or get good price due to the railroad track nearby?"

The "effect on value" is driven by the percentage of people who will NOT make an offer due the proximity of the Railroad tracks versus those who are not bothered by this fact. You can certainly find studies that provide estimates between the price of residential property value and proximity to railroads, which may or may not even apply to your specific situation:

http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/media/uploads/nm/impacts_of_rai…
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?…
http://www.springerlink.com/content/h57413rhm847077u/

My personal opinion is when there is a limited supply of homes in an area the “occasional nuisance" is less important in the minds of Buyers; and conversely, when supply of homes are abundant Buyers can choose to avoid the occasional nuisance. So, it really depends when you buy and sell!


"2. Where could I find the frequency of the trains on this track?"

Looks like the frequency is 8 times a day from the ACE train, not sure about freight traffic.
http://acerail.com/ridingace/trainschedules.aspx


"3. Is there any noise or any other issues due to the railroad track in this neighborhood."

With most any railroad track noise and Graffiti are commonplace.

-Steve
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Sunil Sethi, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sat Jan 5, 2013
The Lakes and Birds area is sells well. Everything in that community has sold with multiple offers. If you are light sleeper avoid being adjacent to the tracks. I've sold two in the birds this year on Sedge St, and both received multiple offers. I also just closed one on Gilbert in the Parkmont area adjacent to the tracks and also sold for above the appraised value.

Good luck on your house hunt.

-Sunil Sethi
Web Reference:  http://www.sunilsethi.com
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Tina Perez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Jan 4, 2013
Hello Gokul,
You can go to acerider.org for local train schedules. People are usually concerned about a train in the area but most people will tell you that after a short time, they don't even notice the train. In this market when there is very little available, even a house near a train track will sell fast and for top dollar due to low inventory right now. My listing on Gilbert is near a track and we had multiple offers well above asking price within 2 weeks. It helps to be in a great school district as well.

I hope this helps. Are you planning on moving to the area? I would be happy to assist you. Feel free to give me a call.

Tina Perez
Keller Williams
510-407-5073
DRE#01841450
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Brian Ripp, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Jan 4, 2013
Trains do use this track on a regular basis.
They only blow their horn at Alvarado Blvd.

It is not hard to sell a home in this area due to the homes are newer and well-built homes, good elem. school and an overall nice area.

The only other noise you might hear is from Southwest or Fed-X as this is the flight path to Oakland Airport.

good luck,
Brian
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