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Shared access - potential new house at top of access way

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deraila Fri 23-Jan-15 12:58:30

Looking at an great house that has come up for sale and deciding whether to invest further time and effort considering the house.

Its the fourth and final house at the end of a driveway. Think driveway is about 15 metres long. The three other houses have actual drives off the access lane but the house we are looking at parks the cars in the sort of semi circle shape at the end or else they park in their garage. The vendor has just one car. We have two fairly big cars - not ford focus sized, larger than that.

Worried that the other houses will have their noses pushed out of joint by the arrival of our two cars (wont use garage as DH needs that for his hobby) and wondering how the heck we would actually get to the bottom of the access and park cars. I parked car at the bottom when viewing this week but as it was the middle of the day and the vendor was out, was easy to go nose in first and then reverse out.

Cant see how DH would drive in nose first and then reverse the 15 metres back out to the road if I was already parked there.

I dont want to link in fear of outing myself but I can see issues with the house next door being surprised that after years and new owners in with two cars, they wont be able to make as quick an exit nor will we.

There doent seem to be any option of parking elsewhere on the road where the driveway leads onto as its full of short bits of pavement and then dropped curbs. Also wouldnt then be able to see cars from our house.

Would you consider a shared drive?

deraila Fri 23-Jan-15 12:59:43

meant easy to drive to bottom of access and three point turn out as just our car there.

Chapuys Fri 23-Jan-15 13:38:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Bowlersarm Fri 23-Jan-15 13:42:52

I would be very wary. We share a road and large courtyard with our neighbours (used to all be part of a farm complex which was converted to separate houses) . We get on brilliantly with our neighbours. Thank god, because we still have parking issues even though we are all friends.

Our next house will have its own driveway.

ClaudiaNaughton Fri 23-Jan-15 15:51:37

I would never consider a shared drive. There could be delightful people there at the moment, but they could move tomorrow. I have two sets of friends who really came unstuck with this issue. Both have now moved. It was hugely stressful at the time.

deraila Sat 24-Jan-15 16:47:36

Went to look at the house again to day and have decided that with its North facing garden and tight access way, we wont be considering it further.

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