What is life like living near a commuter rail in Needham, MA?

Asked by Ebiegs327, Needham, MA Mon Dec 13, 2010

The sound of the train pulling up and going through town, the sound of the railroad crossing arms coming down. Also what is noise level like of Needahm Center typically?

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Century21 Co…, Agent, Newton, MA
Mon May 18, 2015
I used to live near Needham Heights commuter rail. Didn't see any issue about the noise. They usually go slow and without signal sounds mostly. If that still bothers someone; Hersey are much better area one can consider.

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Sandy Tobin, Agent, Needham, MA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
There is no doubt the train makes noise. The key is how far you are from the crossings where the trains blow their horns. The humming of the train itself going by isn’t too bad. But it is a personal preference. There aren’t too many residential units right on top of the crossings where the trains blow their horns. About a year or two ago, some neighbors attempted to get the Town of Needham to install “quiet” crossings so the trains don’t have to blow their horns. However, the initiative was rejected due to cost and safety concerns.

One thing to keep in mind if you live near the train is the schedule. The train runs more frequently during the morning and evening commutes. But it doesn’t run all night long and it runs only half as often on Saturdays and not at all on Sundays. For many working homeowners, that is satisfactory since they are not usually home for the heaviest of the traffic.

Also keep in mind that proximity to the tracks will no doubt affect your re-sale value. It’s an unfortunate fact. Location and home values are closely combined. But it’s also why people wanting to get a nice property in Needham can sometimes do so for less. If you don’t mind the sound, it’s a valuable community and a great place to live. In fact, I told one of my clients he should be thankful every time he heard the train a short distance away, because the commuter rail is one of the reasons so many people choose to move here and it adds value to all of our properties.

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Pat Baker, Agent, Holliston, MA
Sun Jan 23, 2011
It depends how close someone is. There are 4 train stops in Needham so you can hear the train if you are listening for it but otherwise it becomes white noise. However, it you are right beside it, there is not question it is loud when it arrives at the station. There are homes around all four of the stops and condominiums as well. It is up to the individual if they would be bothered or not by the train coming to a particular stop.
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Masha Sender…, Agent, Newton, MA
Wed Dec 15, 2010
Needham Center can get pretty busy with traffic. I wouldn't be concerned about the rail - you get used to it and stop noticing it pretty soon.
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Elizabeth He…, Agent, Agawam, MA
Mon Dec 13, 2010
Do you know of anyone who lives near the commuter rail? You could ask them. Or you might want to try visiting a coffee shop or restaurant near your potential new home to see what it's like to be near the commuter rail and get a feel for it. Talk to the people who work there, and see if you can bump into a local resident who can give you a firsthand account of their experience living near the commuter rail.

Here's the town website link for residents; http://www.needhamma.gov/index.aspx?NID=1251
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Dec 13, 2010
Keep in mind that opinions are often subjective--if noise is a concern, do re-visit the area more than once and listen, look at the train schedule/frequency, possibly chat with locals, etc., then make a determination, will your comfort level be reached.
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