good or bad idea to purchase a home adjacent to a school?

Asked by A, Jersey City, NJ Fri Aug 28, 2009

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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Fri Aug 28, 2009
It depends on the location of the home and school, I have seen a house in my community sat on the market for over year, however it was entrance of school, pick and delivery of students.

In most instances great location purchase. Buyers Agent should be able assist you with your decision.

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Aug 28, 2009

There are plenty of reasons that support purchasing property in the proximity of a school.

1. "school zones" typically enjoy a higher police presence and therefore regarded as safe

2. Desirability - families with children often lean toward purchasing in the proximity of a school.

3. speed limits are generally slower and enforced

4. school facilties are a nice extension of family living and recreational activity

5. "Drug Free School Zones" extend well into the neighborhood

Disadvantages may include:

1. additional street traffic at certain times of the day

2. happy voices of "children being children" on the way to and from school

3. parking issues during special school events

The decision to purchase property is a personal issue that largely depends on personal preferences. The choice is yours.

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Lorena Barbo…, Agent, Westfield, NJ
Fri Aug 28, 2009
Hi A,
It is really going to depend on the buyer. People with children often times look to be as close to a school as possible. I know I did when I bought my home in Westfield. Many people move to Westfield because of the reputation of the schools. Personally I think it's a great move. Recently a home went under contract across from a middle school in less than 3 weeks with a list price of $799K.
I'd love to help you in your search. Prior to coming to Westfield Weichert, I sold for builders(K.Hovnanian and Lennar) on the "gold coast" in Weehawken area. If you are looking in that area also, let me know and perhaps I can assist you in both areas.
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Fri Aug 28, 2009
Hi A, if you had a home embedded in a neighborhood and one adjacent to a school then the one that is adjacent to the school may be at a slight advantage. But it all depends on the sentiment of the buyer - this location aspect will affect the interest of a subset of the whole, which will reduce you buyer pool, and hence the demand...and so it goes.

For some it may be a plus, but generally, I would say it will be viewed as a bit of a negative.

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Marilyn Hold…, Agent, Westfield, NJ
Fri Aug 28, 2009

I don't think that there's a definite answer to your question, except, "it depends".

I'd first ask 'what kind of school'? public/private and what grades? Do the children
arrive on buses or do they walk or drive (especially if it's a high school). Check out
the parking situation -- will the school affect your ability to park on your street or
pull out of your drive-way easily? Do you have children at this time? Proximity to a
school that your own children attend can be a plus. Not being able to safely back out
of your drive-way in the morning can be a minus.

So, "it all depends" -- definitely go by the house in question around arrival time and dismissal times
-- to see what the traffic and noise are like.

It would be my plesure to assist you here in Westfield -- I've had 3 kids go thru the Westfield schools,
so I am familiar with the various traffic patterns and parking issues.

Marilyn Holda-Fleck
Prudential New Jersey Properties - Westfield Office
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