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Buying a Home with a View…Into Your Living Room

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 11:14am.

How to avoid a bad location when buying a home.How to Avoid Buying a Great Home in a Bad Location

Most of us know the big offenders of bad location: backing or fronting onto a road, a gas station, a power station etc. But one of the most missed bad locations is the elevation of the back of your house. This is one of the first things I’ll point out when I see it. When it comes to a bad location, there are three major no-no’s in my opinion: townhouses, walk-outs, and grading.


While townhouses can be wonderful real estate choices, you don't want one in your back yard. Townhouses in the back or front of your house means there are that many more people staring into your back or front yard. Instead of 5 visible neighbours, you have 12. Instead of your neighbours all being on the same level as you, you have a bunch with balconies that overlook yours, giving a fuller more intense view of your yard. So you can forget about topless sunbathing this year.


While a walk out makes a great home choice with nice views and bright basements, but once again, you don't want one in your backyard. Walk-outs raise the level of the house behind you, towering those homes over your yard. They often steal your light, but the biggest nuisance is, again, the feeling of being in a fishbowl. Neighbours can see into you your yard with greater ease, and it often feels crowded rather than relaxing in the backyard.


Grading can place a regular house meters above your house simply because the dirt is piled higher behind you. The effect here is similar to having walk outs. It crowds out the sun, and gives the home below the sense of having no place to hide. The opposite, however, for the people in the towering homes, is greater light and more of a view than the homes below. These would be comparatively better locations.

Homes with bad locations are often not a great idea to get into. However, many people prefer them as they make that big house a little closer to being inside their financial reach. A good agent will take the time to point out any flaws that you should be aware of.

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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