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Should You Live on a Main Street, Corner Home or Cul-de-sac?

These locations get a bad rep. But are they really as bad as they seem?

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May 21, 2024 at 10:27 PM PST
Updated on May 21, 2024 at 10:27 PM PST
Before You Buy Home Locations

Should You Live on a Main Street, Corner Home or Cul-de-sac?

These locations get a bad rep. But are they really as bad as they seem?

By
May 21, 2024 at 10:27 PM PST
Updated on May 21, 2024 at 10:27 PM PST

Finding the perfect location for your dream home involves more than just picking out the best-looking house on the block. There are a lot of other factors to account for, too, from the neighborhood, layout, crime rate, and more. But another factor that is just as important to consider is where your home is positioned. Most people prefer to live smack dab in the middle of the block somewhere in the neighborhood, but there are other, less desirable options as well like on a main street, on a corner, or in a cul-de-sac. Take a look at whether these undesirable locations are worth looking into.

Houses on a busy street
Photo credit: Emiliano Zapata

On a Main Street

Living on Main Street can seem like a dream. You have the convenience of local shops, eateries, and maybe even a quaint, little coffee spot all within walking distance.

But while all this is true, keep in mind that you’re front and center for all the hustle and bustle, too. That means you have to deal with noise — and a lot of it. From honking cars to wailing ambulance sirens, living on a main street isn’t always convenient.

If you like vibrant city energy, living on a main street might be your jam. But if you’re more of a peace-and-quiet type, you’ll definitely want to keep scrolling.

A corner home
Photo credit: Tezzerah

On the Corner

The appeal of corner homes is that they have that extra curb appeal — more sunlight, more street frontage, and for many people, extra breathing room. On top of that, if you’re into landscaping, you get to have two sides to show off your skills.

But with great curb appeal comes great responsibility. And that means dealing with double the foot traffic, plus the added challenge of having to maintain two sides of your property.

If you’re up for the challenge that comes with maintaining a highly visible space, a corner home is probably just what you need. But if you prefer a more low-key lifestyle that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, you might want to think twice about signing up for a corner space.

An aerial view of a cul-de-sac
Photo credit: Michael Tuszynski

In a Cul-de-sac

Cul-de-sacs can sometimes get a bad rep. But when you think about it, they can actually be the perfect location for any who enjoys their alone time. They’re quiet and secluded, and if you have kids, they can ride their bikes without worrying about cars speeding nearby. And because cars can’t pass through, a lot of people avoid cul-de-sacs altogether, which gives you an added layer of peace and quiet for the ultimate suburban dream come true.

But even with all these benefits, they can still feel a little too secluded for some people, especially if someone is used to living in the city. So to play it safe, think about the type of lifestyle you want. If you crave that peaceful, family-friendly vibe, a cul-de-sac could be your own personal paradise. But if you’re all about the city life, you might want to keep searching.

Your Home, Your Choice

At the end of the day, the best location for your dream home is the one that feels right for you. And what feels right to you might not feel right to someone else. So when searching for your dream home, consider the type of lifestyle you and your family want. Whether you’re drawn to the excitement of living on a bustling main street, the high visibility of a corner home, or the peace of mind that a cul-de-sac provides, always trust your gut and go with what feels best. Because as the saying goes, “The home is where the heart is.”




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