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 isnâ€™t too bad. But it is a personal preference. There arenâ€™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 â€œquietâ€ crossings so the trains donâ€™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 doesnâ€™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. Itâ€™s an unfortunate fact. Location and home values are closely combined. But itâ€™s also why people wanting to get a nice property in Needham can sometimes do so for less. If you donâ€™t mind the sound, itâ€™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.
Sandy Balzer Tobin, ABR
Certified Negotiation Specialst
Diamond Society for Excellence in Sales
Accredited Buyer Representative