Having lived here for over a year and a half now, I thought I would shed some light on what may save you time, energy, and above all, stress. Enjoy!
When we first saw this home from Google Earth, it looked like it was in the dream location. We have lived on corner lots, busy streets, quiet suburbs, and in the city. A cul de sac was a new adventure for us, and what we loved about it was that people wouldn’t be driving down it unless they lived there…right? I mean, an occasional curious car might come through, but it was the perfect set up for my youngest to bike in safety and no worry about speeding cars coming down. That was the thought.
Well, as we have learned, thoughts are thoughts. Now when we got here, we found the neighborhood relatively quiet. The kids who lived here met Emily, everyone got along, but mostly people kept to themselves and their yards. I am all for a wave, a hello, and an occasional conversation- but peace is the goal. Then new neighbors moved in, and the happy circle of peaceful neighbors started to draw lines in the sand and it has almost become a soap opera around here. It’s tolerable and we have had to request our privacy by some.
A cul de sac is a wonderful thing when everyone gets along, but what people don’t realize is that you are caught in the circle of homes. You can never know who is moving in, or out, so choose the location of your rental/home wisely. Even when you have chosen the best area, you still have to pray and hope you have wonderful neighbors. Meet the people who may be potential ones so you can get a feel for who they are- do they have dogs? Do they have fences? Do you want or need a fence? A lot should go into your thinking when renting or buying anywhere.
My point is that when you live on just a normal straight through street you have to deal with the neighbors on either side of you and sometimes the ones across the street. But in a culdesac you are amongst six other homes that are THE neighbors and if you don’t love them, it could become an uncomfortable situation.
We still love our home, we still love our area. This is OUR dream, and we will continue to enjoy it. Just keep all of it in mind when looking for that place to live.