Question #2:  Too Close . . . For Whom??

It’s not enough to just see a map showing a home VERY close to a highway to know how exposed the home is.

bermYou also need to need to know the nearby topography; landscaping; how the home is situated on the lot and how well-built/insulated it is; and such things as whether there is a sound barrier or berm between the highway and the adjoining residential area.

Subjective Standards; Quid Pro Quo

It’s also the case that Google or Bing maps can be off a little bit — making a big difference in how private (or not) the home’s location actually is.

While no one wants to live alongside a noisy freeway, as a veteran Realtor I’ve found that people’s sensitivity to noise is highly variable.

And plenty of Buyers are more than happy to put up with a (mild) nuisance in exchange for a robust discount off the purchase price — especially if that lets them purchase in a neighborhood that would otherwise be unaffordable.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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