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gg1234 Wed 11-Sep-19 20:36:19

Hello all

I would like to know some inputs . We like a house on a high road . It has two way traffic and a bus stop is just in front of the property .Would these create a negative on house selling in the future .Would you buy a house with a bus stop in the front ?Also it has a 100 feet garden ,How much does it cost to maintain a decent garden
Very confused


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JoJoSM2 Wed 11-Sep-19 20:45:41

Houses on busy roads are less desirable. You buy for less, you sell for less. 100ft garden needn't cost much if you keep it simple with some grass, shrubs and trees. You just get a lawn mower and periodically some fertiliser and weed killer.

The bus stop - it depends. I've got a rental by a bus stop in an area with plenty of chavs chucking rubbish into the front garden. If the house is in a normal clean area, I don't think you'd have the problem.

TixieLix Wed 11-Sep-19 20:57:42

I live on a main road with a bus stop right out front. Don't do it!! It's a nightmare trying to get out of your drive some a lot of the time because the traffic won't let you out and I can guarantee that 95% of the time I go to drive out a bloody bus pulls up at the stop and takes ages to leave. This year we had to have a new wall built at the front of our property (not cheap) because people waiting for buses kept sitting on the old wall until it collapsed. Oh, and people h going round t the stop are always dumping their wrappers and cans in our garden because they can't be arsed to take it home.

TixieLix Wed 11-Sep-19 21:02:28

Also, we often have people waiting for buses very late at night and they always seem to shout at each other rather than talk quietly. No idea why because it's not noisy otherwise.

MrsPworkingmummy Wed 11-Sep-19 21:10:59

We lived in a beautiful dream house, but it was on an increasingly busy B road. After 7 years there, we sold at a profit as I was sick of the traffic and pollution. Don't be put off by potential to sell in future. If the house is nice, it'll sell. We made a 35% profit.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 11-Sep-19 21:15:25

I was picturing a 'high' road, up a mountain or high above sea level and was thinking how lovely that would be🤣

A busy road, not so much. We lived on a busy road in a second floor flat, couldn't have windows open in summer and road noise was a constant issue. Never again.

SleepyKat Wed 11-Sep-19 21:17:06

How busy is it?

I live on a high street on a bus route but its a small/medium village. We have a little rush hour at tea time where the car noise is noticeable but after that it’s fine. Yes, it will impact house prices.

How much can you hear the road noise from inside? A big front garden can make a difference vs being very close to the road. How busy is it in the evening/night....would you be able to have front bedroom windows open at night?

SleepyKat Wed 11-Sep-19 21:18:27

They do say that when cars are all electric and silent in ten years time then people with houses on a busy road will see a big % increase in their house worth! grin

Squirreltamer Wed 11-Sep-19 21:29:43

Depends. Most of the desirable homes in my area are on main roads.

But they’re all set back by 15m or more. I live in one and other than the odd day where you’re waiting a few mins to get out it’s fine. Got the added benefit of no kids smashing footballs around and I’m in the heart of the village with everything a 4 min walk away. Perfect trade off for me.

The few which are right on the road or with bus stops are a harder sell and I wouldn’t consider them due to people staring into your house. These few houses have their curtains shut 24/7.

I used to live opposite a covered bus shelter. The kids used to hang out there in the early hours drinking and sometimes doing other things shockblush. This was a relatively posh area. I’d probably be doing the same at their age if my parents let me! But it did annoy me on warm nights when the windows were open.

fedup21 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:32:56

I’ve never heard the term high road before!

misspiggy19 Wed 11-Sep-19 21:33:35

*Would you buy a house with a bus stop in the front ?*

^Never would I buy

FeelBetterForIt Wed 11-Sep-19 21:39:19

I love the way language is still so regional. The "High Road" is the main street in most towns round here, in that it is the actual name/address of the street.

It will put many buyers off, but that will be why you've found a house in your price range that you love. Here a house on the High Rd will be about £50k less than a similar house in a nearby cul de sac.

lastqueenofscotland Wed 11-Sep-19 21:51:37

I wouldn’t mind being ona busy road but having a bus stop outside would bother me

fedup21 Wed 11-Sep-19 23:03:25

Oh, do you mean the High Street-where all the shops are?

Or is it just a name for a busy road?

Bloodybridget Thu 12-Sep-19 06:49:07

High Road = High Street.

coconuttelegraph Thu 12-Sep-19 07:05:50

So a high street with shops and businesses?

I'd have to weight up whether the negatives of noise and disruption from shoppers and other people visiting businesses was worth it for the positives of the house.

House buying is so personal I suggest you go with your gut, if you think something is an issue you won't be happy if you ignore that and decide on what other people tell you.

Fatshedra Thu 12-Sep-19 07:06:53

On the other hand when all cars and buses are electric there will be no noise or fumes. And nearby pubs might close so no drunks at the bus stop. You might be old or poorly and very grateful of a bus stop on your doorstep.
Fill the garden with shrubs and small trees and leave it to get on with itself.

fedup21 Thu 12-Sep-19 07:26:20

That’s completely different to what I thought!

I would (and do) live on a busy road but have plenty of parking. Living on the high street of a town generally means people are trying to get to your road and the shops on it meaning you’re probably dealing with parking restrictions, people parking like nobs near your house, pissed people going into town and coming out of town and waiting loudly at the bus stop etc etc

With my road, it may be a busy road (a high road, as I thought you meant in your first post?) but people aren’t trying to get TO my road to stop on it, they are using it as a through road which doesn’t affect parking etc.

FeelBetterForIt Thu 12-Sep-19 07:35:47

I don't think a High Road means you're necessarily living among the shops. Here, the High Road is the long main road running through a town. It probably has shops in the central part but for a mile or so each side will be just residential.

longearedbat Thu 12-Sep-19 08:00:37

I bought a first floor maisonette many years ago with a bus stop outside. It was very handy for work, but I hadn't given a thought to the whole of the top deck of the bus being able to see directly into my sitting room. I actually bought some nets, even though I detest them.
Apart from noise, the main problem with busy roads is the dirt that gets all over the windows and somehow creeps into the house.
Even a low maintenance garden is going to need regular work during the summer. You could have it all down to grass (perfect for children) but you are still going to have to mow it and maintain your boundaries/fencing. If you really don't want to do this, it's not the house for you.

MediocreOmens Thu 12-Sep-19 08:15:40

I had the same problem as the above poster, would look out my bedroom window to see a whole deck of people staring back at me. I had to get frosted film for the windows in the end but I hated not being able to look out. Also I can't overestimate the noise of a bus, especially late at night when it's sat at the bus stop and there isn't other traffic to disguise it a bit.

KnobJockey Thu 12-Sep-19 15:12:09

The constant traffic may have an impact on your house too, depending on what it's built from. I own a house on a main road that is on multiple bus routes, and frequently had learner lorry drivers up and down. We had some work done getting some walls skimmed, and within a year cracks had appeared due to the constant movement. We also always had filthy windows from the fumes!

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