Madrone and the Public Safety building. How much noise is expected from the firetrucks and will that lower the value of the Madrone eventually?

Asked by Newbuyer, Mission Bay, San Francisco, CA Sun Jan 1, 2012

Once the Public Safety building is built north of the Madrone, how much noise is to be expected? In most cases when a firestation is located so close to residences it generates a lot of noise and usually drops rental rates in case I want to rent out a unit in a few years. The fire station is not expected to be built till 2014 but still.

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Rich Bennett, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Mon Jan 2, 2012
Hi Newbuyer-

This is a very difficult question to answer. If you, as a buyer, have a sensativity to noise or are concerned that the rental value of your unit would be compromised, I would suggest buying a unit as far away from it as possible.

Happy New Year.

Rich Bennett, Realtor

Zephyr Real Estate
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Oggi Kashi, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sun Jan 1, 2012
There are restrictions on how and when firetrucks can operate their sirens. As for rental value, I personally have not noticed renters being as concerned about possible noise as property owners.

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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Nic Winder, , Valparaiso, IN
Sun Jan 1, 2012
The added noise may not be as bad as you expect. I know around here, especially at night when there's less traffic and people in bed, the trucks typically leave the station with only the lights flashing and no sirens. Also, how many calls do they get or are they expected to get on average? Whats the average response time from the current station? If the new stations will greatly improve the response time, it maybe possible that the are could end up being more desirable.

Also having a new station close by could also reduce your homeowners insurance as response times are quicker so there's a better chance for less damage. It's something you have to ask about though they wont automatically lower it.
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