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Home Buying in Lakes and Birds : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jan 6, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
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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Tue Aug 14, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
Overall, Realtors are prohibited by law from telling you whether or not any specific neighborhood is safe. It’s called “steering” and we are prohibited by our code of ethics and federal law from providing such information. Here are a couple posts that explain more:

NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
http://www.trulia.com/blog/carl_medford/2010/03/no_steering_allowed_3_important_facts_to_know_as_a_buyer

Don’t Get ‘Steered’ in the Wrong Direction
http://184.154.226.18/~ebpublis/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3462:dont-get-steered-in-the-wrong-direction-&catid=7:examples&Itemid=121

However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, crime statistics, go to the following sites:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/fremont/crime/
https://www.crimereports.com/

As for having a house in front of a park? It totally depends on your lifestyle. Some love the access to play areas, etc., others don't like the potential associated noise.
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