Busy road question
Hi. I've been reading through the threads on this subject and haven't seen one that sounds like an almost-match to our situation, so I hope you can bear another post about houses near busy roads.
My husband and I have been actively house hunting for a year, and casually checking out online listings or open houses for about a year prior to that. We are not in a rush and are probably being particular because we are not entirely unhappy with the house we're in. At one point we found a house we were seriously interested in, but while we were hemming and hawing over it, another buyer picked it up. We've actually had that happen another couple of times since then. Other buyers have been ready to jump more readily than we have, apparently, when something really good comes up.
One of the houses we lost backed onto a ravine and had a walk-out basement. It was a very good price, too, which explains why it got snapped up so quickly. My husband compares everything we've looked at since then to that house and he's pretty determine to have a ravine view. Those homes don't come up very often, though, and when they do they are out of our price range. That one needed updating and was an anomaly.
Currently there is a house for sale in our area that meets all our wants and needs inside the house, but sides onto a relatively busy road. It's a single lane in either direction, with a speed limit of about 50-60 KM/hr (30-37 MPH.)
We are back yard people and we are outside very often in the summer (mind you, we only get about 4 months of nice weather.) There is, however, a vacant lot just beside the house, so that is between the house and the road. The area there is part of a natural grassland, the rest of which is behind the house! It is in a legacy community, which means expensive, but the natural reserves are left intact and they will not be developed. They won't even plant trees there, I found out when I inquired about that possibility. And as you might expect, this house is much cheaper than the others in the same area. $60k - $100k cheaper, and even more. Otherwise we would not be able to even consider it.
Also beside the lot-sized grassland is a bus stop. This might be a big annoyance during peak times, but on the other hand, our kids would catch the school bus there, so very convenient.
The house has a walk-out basement with generously-sized windows that offer a great view of the ravine, and there are many other qualities that are just what we've been looking for.
I have the ability sometimes to block out the noise of my kids so I suspect I will be one of those who will get used to the traffic sounds. My husband doesn't know whether he can tolerate noise or not as he's never tested it, so he is really hesitant about this one.
I've read (maybe here) that blocking your ability to see the traffic is about 50% of the equation. We would plant trees. I just read today someone recommending shrubs and trees that make "swishing" sounds to help mask some of the noise, and then of course there's always the option to add in a water feature.
The place would be perfectly beautiful and serene if not for that road! But then the road is what makes this beautiful house even a consideration for us, budget-wise.
Just wondering if y'all think the perfectness of the house and the nice neighbourhood and location (in every direction but east) would be reason enough to take a gamble here.
We are planning to rent out the house we're currently in, so there is always the option to move back and find renters for the other house. This might help us to avoid that feeling of being stuck if we find it was not the best decision for our family after all.
Your thoughts and experiences are most welcome and appreciated. Thanks!