The Surprising Reasons You Might Want To Live In These “Undesirable” Locations

While you might have heard horror stories about living near a cell phone tower or an airport, have you ever needed superfast service or had to catch a last-minute flight? Sure, there can be downfalls to these areas, but are they worth it if you can get a better deal on a house or a shorter work commute? If you’re looking to buy a home in what someone might consider an “undesirable” location, do your research before making a big decision.

Here are the pros and cons of living in “undesirable” locations:

Near The Train Tracks

Pros

If you don’t mind a little extra noise, living near train tracks could significantly benefit your morning commute. Being close enough to walk or get dropped off at a train station could easily allow you to take a train to work and eliminate the need for a second car. This would be especially beneficial for someone who lives in a suburb of a big city like Chicago or New York City. Another benefit to living near train tracks might be that it’s less popular which could result in a better deal. This isn’t always the case, though.

Cons

If you don’t see yourself taking the train very often, the noise might not be worth it. If you’re worried that loud sound might be a deterrent, check your local railways to see how frequently trains pass by. You should also check to see if the train tracks are fenced in or not. Not all railways are fenced in, so make sure to take extra precaution if you have young kids.

Close To A Highway

Pros

Living by a highway will make it easily accessible for you to get around without much hassle. This can be particularly helpful for your morning commute. In fact, studies show that home value increases after a highway is added, especially in big cities. A highway is also a sign of future development and rising trends in neighborhoods.

Cons

If you’re worried that living by a highway can be too loud and bustling, it might not be the right decision for you. Not to mention that living by a highway can increase the dust and grime buildup on your home or garage. For many families, living by a highway is a major safety hazard for children and pets.

By A School Or University

Pros

Living by a school can be very beneficial for families because their kids can walk to school, it’ll be a safe neighborhood and kids can have access to playgrounds after school hours. Houses near schools also tend to have higher property values which can be an added bonus.

Living by a university or college may also be a good real estate investment. It can also put you at a walking distance from a cool area or college town with restaurants and things to do.

Cons

If you’re thinking about living near an elementary or middle school, you also have to take other factors into consideration including lower speed limits, noise, traffic during drop-off and pick-up times, school buses, cars parked in front of your house and school emergencies like fire drills.

If you’re considering moving to a college town, it’s important to note that there’s a high turnover rate because it’s mainly students that live near campus and it’s less likely to be a family-focused area.

Above A Shop

Pros

If you have a favorite retail store or bakery, there can be multiple benefits of living above it. First, chances are it’s in a good city location within walking distance of other shops and restaurants. Second, the cost of living above a shop is often cheaper than other areas in an urban city. Third, you can shop whenever you want – just don’t spend too much money!

Cons

Living above a storefront also has its downfalls. For example, you could lose sleep if it’s open late or you could get woken up early if the business is restocking. Another serious problem is that it can pose a fire risk if there’s cooking involved. Cooking can also create bad smells and attract bugs or rodents. One more thing to think about is what access you have to your apartment. Do you have a private door, is there a main entrance through an alley or do you have to go through the store itself?

Near A Cell Tower

Pros

If you’re a tech junkie, living near a cell phone tower will provide you with excellent service. It’s also possible to make money if you have a tower on your property. Most cell phone companies will pay a premium to those individuals with cell phone towers on their land. Great service and financial benefits – what’s better than that?

Cons

Unfortunately, there are downsides to living by a cell tower. The biggest is long-term health risks. Some studies show that frequent exposure to energy from the towers can cause higher rates of cancer and birth defects. In addition, a giant cell phone tower could be an eyesore that deters home buyers.

Off A Main Road

Pros

If you enjoy hustle and bustle and are looking to improve your work commute, you might consider living off a main road. If you live near a main road, you can also be close to public transportation, sidewalks to walk on and bike lanes to ride in. Main roads also have better lighting, street maintenance, security and shopping options. You might even score a lower price on your house if it’s off a main road!

Cons

Like many other locations on this list, noise is one of the main downfalls to living off a main road. Other risks are lack of privacy, dust and pollution, less parking space and a lower resale value.

Close To A Gas Station

Pros

If you’re one to always need a last-minute tank fill-up or a quick snack, a gas station might actually be convenient to have near your house.

Cons

However, if you’re one to worry about an oil leak or explosion, you might think otherwise. In addition, the smell of oil and potential added traffic could be disturbances to your everyday life.

Near A Fast Food Restaurant

Pros

Living near a fast food restaurant can be beneficial if you constantly crave midnight snacks or are frequently in need of a quick bite to eat.

Cons

Unfortunately, living near a fast food restaurant can also bring greasy smells and possible rodent infestations to your home.

Close To An Airport

Pros

If you’re a frequent flyer, living near an airport could improve your daily life. It will also give you the opportunity to hop on a last-minute flight or travel anywhere whenever you desire. Even if you’re not jet-setting to your next destination, the occasional flight can be easier to get to and from as well.

If you do choose to live by an airport, make sure to join a frequent flyer rewards program!

Cons

If you’re not that adventuresome, you might not want to live by an airport because it can cause air pollution and a lot of noise.

By A Cemetery

Pros

If you’re not scared of ghosts or haunted places, living by a cemetery could be convenient. It provides a quiet environment and you know that no new building or developments will take place. It also has abundant parking that you could use to your advantage on certain occasions.

Cons

The stereotypical threat of potential vandalism and hoodlums running around in cemeteries could be a potential risk to your neighborhood. Other risks of living near a cemetery include a spooky ambiance, extra traffic during busy times and poor resale value.

If you’re considering purchasing a home in an “undesirable” location, make sure to do research before making your big decision. By knowing what to expect you’ll be better prepared to find the right home, handle the expenses and smooth over any bumps along the way. And Rocket Homes is here to help. Do you still have questions? Reach out to a Rocket Homes Partner Agent online or call (855) 200-2001.

If you’ve purchased a home in an “undesirable” location, what pros and cons have you experienced? Let us know in the comments!

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