Five reasons to love living in a cul-de-sac
Did you grow up living in a cul-de-sac? Do you live in a cul-de-sac now or are you hoping to find a similar property to raise your family?
You are not alone because cul-de-sacs are a highly desired amenity, so much so that reports from major real estate companies nearly always mention that cul-de-sac homes fetch up to 20 percent more in its asking price.
The proof is in the scientific studies. The University of California-Davis states that kids living on cul-de-sacs play outside more, while another study out of Duke University says cul-de-sacs reduce overall crime rates. Here are five reasons to love living in a cul-de-sac.
Safety: Homebuyers and renters, especially parents, flock to available cul-de-sac homes because they offer protection from a myriad of hazardous situations. From stranger danger to rush hour traffic, living on a cul-de-sac cuts down on the possibility of uncertain interactions with non-neighbors.
Kids run, play, and ride bikes in the circle area, which in their parent’s minds acts as a safe space in the street. Cars have no choice but to drive slowly and carefully when the cul-de-sac is full of children playing. Pets also have a less significant chance of injury, thanks to the lack of traffic.
Sense of Community: One of the first things that many homeowners consider before buying a home is the need for a vibrant sense of community, which is crucial for a family who may be living in the house for just a few years. Cul-de-sacs allow transient families, such as military families to make friends fast, just by the proximity of their homes.
Privacy and quiet: It makes sense. Where are kids all day during the week? School, except during summer vacations. Work from home parents and those with babies who need quiet nap times all appreciate quiet daylight hours. Although not private in the sense you are void of visible neighbors, cul-de-sacs provide privacy so that it’s obvious if an unknown car is parked in the area. This means you won’t have much foot or car traffic that isn’t related to the homeowners on the circle.
Low crime and vandalism: Thanks in part to the privacy a cul-de-sac offers, crime and vandalism are lower than neighborhood streets with quick in and out access. The dead-end doesn’t make for a fast getaway without recognition by a security-minded neighbor. Plus, neighbors will be on high alert if you’re out of town and quickly notice anything unusual.
Overall increased value: Whether paid monetarily post-sale or paid in peace of mind value, for all reasons above, homes on cul-de-sacs provide the possibility that they are properties that retain their value and then some. Add in the fact that there’s a lack of traffic pollution right outside your front door, plus the curb appeal that is instantly garnered when close neighbors subscribe to the same level of lawn and yard care, and the value of homes on a cul-de-sac seems like a no-brainer.