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  1. Anyone live or lived by train tracks?

    We fell in the love with a house yesterday, but the only problem is the tracks are about 100ft away from the front door. There is a commuter train that runs throughout the day that I'm not too concerned about because we would not be near an intersection, so the train horn shouldn't be blasting too often; however, there is also a freight train that runs through a couple times per day and I assume that would be extremely loud.
  2.  
    Originally Posted by acp View Post

    however, there is also a freight train that runs through a couple times per day and I assume that would be extremely loud and shake the shit out of my house.

  3. Our first house was 1/2 block away from the tracks. The freight trains are not only loud, they tend to shake the ground a bit. At 100 feet, you're going to feel it! You may want to look for signs of damage (cracks, etc.) before buying. Also think of the resale value/problems.
  4. RUN
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  6. I lived by the train(freight)tracks almost my whole life, if I got any closer I would have been laying on them, and the airport, it is really something that you don't even notice once you get used to it. Just make sure the house has good windows, etc.....
     
  7.  
    Originally Posted by Blackout4 View Post

    I lived by the train(freight)tracks almost my whole life, if I got any closer I would have been laying on them, and the airport, it is really something that you don't even notice once you get used to it. Just make sure the house has good windows, etc.....

    this^^^^

    I'm somewhat close to train tracks now. I don't feel it at all but if you have the windows open you can def hear it. I've fallen asleep with the windows open a couple times and it woke me up. So I just close the windows and they're good windows so I don't really hear anything with them closed.
  8. When I first graduated from college, the place where my ex and I lived had train tracks right behind it (probably 100 yards away). The first couple of nights when the train went by, it shook the whole house and woke us both up. But, after that, we became acclimated to it and rarely heard it again. It really was only a slight inconvenience.

    If you're buying the house, the only thing I would caution you about is to consider how the close proximity of the train tracks would affect property value and your ability to re-sale. Other than that, it's really not that bad.
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  9. the trains in arizona tilt me sometimes since they blow their horns soooooooooooooo much in the middle of the night (its the law i think but wtf), but when I lived right next to a train i was probably woken up about 3 or 4 times in the year I was there.
  10. used to live on the coast highway track in san diego, it waz annoying but had free entertainment anytime someone commited suicide or didnt consider stopping on the track during a red light isnt the brightest idea
     
  11. I grew up in a train town and now being back home the apartment is about 500ft from the trainyard. I love the sound of trains, I find it white noiseish and it doesn't wake me up. However, the guy who does the 3am northbound is Canada's finest and lays on that fuckin whistle just to be a prick.
    The whistle might not come into factor if you are not near intersections. However checks for crack and foundation issues and windows like mentioned above.
  12.  
    Originally Posted by HK_MP5N View Post


    RUN

  13. We have been renting a place about 180 yards from a rr track for over 15 yr, you get used to it very quickly but I'd say avoid it if you have options. I think we'd have moved by now if we were any closer but we'd probably get used to it too.
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  17. It pretty much depends on if they have to blow their horn when there around your area. If it's like out in the country and there's a small road crossing the tracks without crossing lights and all that, then they have to blow the horn like 100 yards infront of it like 1000 times, so it's mega mega loud. But if it's just the train going by it's something you can get used to and isn't really that big of a deal. (I've had experience with the former)
     
  18.  
    Originally Posted by acp View Post

    We fell in the love with a house yesterday, but the only problem is the tracks are about 100ft away from the front door.

    If you're willing to deal with the noise nuisance and you really like the house, I'd lowball the shit out of them when making an offer. In all likelihood, if they're selling now, they're desperate to get out. Depending on how long it's been on the market and how many times they've reduced it (if at all), I'd start somewhere in the 20-25% of asking price.
  19. Def pick another spot, seems like this place is in considertaion b/c of the price, which is clear why it would be lower then avg. I just moved from listening to the L here in Chicago and I'm 1000x happier. I've also lived undeath the flight path of an airport.

    Silence is golden.
  20. Grew up in a rural town with a railroad track right beside my house, never bothered me at all. Just watch out for hobos.
  21. For 3 years I lived in an apartment that shared the same parking lot as the main train station in my little Japanese town. From 5 AM to 11:45 PM, there was a train and all the commensurate bells and warning sirens and whatnot on average every 15 minutes (and usually one or two at night).

    You get used to it pretty quickly... but don't get a house that's like 10 feet from the tracks, one of my friends had one of those and it shook every time a train went by.

    It helps to sleep like the dead, and it can also be convenient at times. When I heard the alarms go off, I could still throw shoes on, run downstairs, get a ticket, and make the train...
  22. i have and it wasn't a big deal. BUT the trains were not in my yard. imagine having friends over for a bbq? wanting to get a suntan? and god forbid if you have small children! you will get used to the noise but why should you have too? go at various times of the day or night and hang out for a while. ask the seller if you can bring an air mattress and camp out. those trains will run on YOUR days off,all day every day.all that being said i wish you the best in your search for a new home!