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There are lot of things you can do to improve a house....

....but not much you can do to improve the location.

Edited for poor rural meth adict metal recycler grammar.

Wow. What was there first...the tracks or the house?..well, she can always move the house.

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Reminds me of the first apartment the missus and I shared...40 ft from the CSX mainline into Atlanta from the north.

That's why the wife and I stopped looking along the Washington corridor. Anything we could afford was 1-3 blocks away from the train. I'm a LIGHT sleeper and a poor sleeper.

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Have you ever found a wonderful house but in a not so good location?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/garden/1...no_interstitial

Yup... I'd like to buy this house and re-do it, but the location is horrible - one block off the Gulf Freeway, and the neighborhood ain't all that great either. I'm surprised that it's priced as high as it is.

http://www.har.com/25458564

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Perhaps OT, but for any of you who know trains: I live two blocks from the single track that runs along Harrisburg, behind Eastwood Park. The train traffic is down dramatically. Is it the routes? Overall economy suckage?

Good question on the train traffic. Somewhere I read that some economists were tracking train tonnage through certain choke points in the rail network to gauge economic activity.

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Have you ever found a wonderful house but in a not so good location?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/garden/1...no_interstitial

When you're buying a house you're definitely also buying the neighbors and areas that come with it. If you are prepared to deal with both then go for it. If you have the slightest reservation about something and you feel it will be a problem then pass on it.

I have been a homesteader (I lived in DC and Baltimore) and was an early adopter in many 'dicey' areas but it does come at a price. Two of the houses I owned I really loved, but not the neighborhoods, but I made it work.

Not sure I could live with a train running in my backyard, but some people live close to airports and do just fine. It's really what you're comfortable with.

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Have you ever found a wonderful house but in a not so good location?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/garden/1...no_interstitial

I think many of us on this board have done this, found ourselves in a transitional area in order to find the perfect house. If my house was double the price in Norhill, I doubt I would look at it as favorably, LOL, especially when something goes wrong.

Perhaps OT, but for any of you who know trains: I live two blocks from the single track that runs along Harrisburg, behind Eastwood Park. The train traffic is down dramatically. Is it the routes? Overall economy suckage?

Same on our side of Eastwood (the Cullen/Leeland tracks). There are many evening and nights where I won't hear a single horn. The only time we are stopped by the train arms these days is when they malfunction!

eta: My parents are in SA, and Dad says the train traffic near them is down as well. Quite interesting as I have heard that trains are more cost-effective than other forms of goods transit. Guess that means air freight is way down as well.

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Have you ever found a wonderful house but in a not so good location?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/garden/1...no_interstitial

My great aunt used to live in a house with train tracks in the backyard. When we'd visit I LOVED hearing the trains go by. I'm not sure they loved it, but they stayed in that house a long time.

Our current house is 1 lot in from Kirby. Not my favorite feature of the property, but it did make the house affordable for us.

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