What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Living on a Cul-De-Sac?

While some homeowners dream of living on a cul-de-sac, others can’t imagine a worse location for their property. Referring to a road that is closed at one end, the accented semicircular road can create an idyllic residential area that, like all types of property areas, comes with its advantages and disadvantages. So, property experts at We Buy Any House have delved into the question, “is a cul-de-sac property really worth it?”

One of the biggest advantages about living on a cul-de-sac is that you are shielded from a constant stream of traffic, therefore providing a typically peaceful environment that is a lot safer to let your children play outside or for you to walk your pets with ease. Due to their quiet nature, cul-de-sac properties often exist in a trouble-free area, as it’s easy to spot when something seems unusual or suspicious. But for the safety of your property and family, there is typically a further financial burden. Somewhat unsurprisingly, cul-de-sac properties tend to demand at least 20% more than house prices on a regular street- so you may want to consider where your house criteria and financial bracket meet.

If a sense of community is important to you, then a cul-de-sac property is probably ideal for you. Considering that pretty much everyone is your neighbour, there is an inherently integral emphasis on the spirit of community- which comes in handy if a) you get on with your neighbours and b) you need an extra ingredient whilst cooking and intend on borrowing from a neighbour instead of going to the shops. However, on the flipside of this, sometimes cul-de-sacs can lack privacy. Not in the sense that your property is overlooked per say, but that a lot of people know what is going on in the street and will more than likely know your business. It’s also a double negative if you don’t seem to get on with your neighbours, and could lead to some awkward disputes…

Because cul-de-sacs typically have a one-way entry system, they are a significantly safer place to live if you have children. The lack of traffic that runs through means that children can play safely together, enjoy being active in the outdoors and gather naturally. Yet, on the flip side of this, cul-de-sacs can sometimes be a bit too small for children to gather and play. Unfortunately, you may find that there’s been damage to your house or your car due to a flying football. Additionally, the other small problem with cul-de-sacs is that because it’s a one-way system, it can be difficult for bigger vehicles to get through- for example, bin men, delivery trucks or repair vehicles. This could be frustrating at times as it could cause standstill traffic jams.

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