The Appeal of the Cul-de-sac
The houses may look the same. The lots may all be the same size. In some communities, there may not be a lot differentiating one house from the next, at least not externally. But living on a cul-de-sac is different. A cul-de-sac adds value. And when it comes time to sell, houses in a cul-de-sac have the upper hand over their non-cul-de-sac neighbors. Here’s why:
- Instant community
For a new buyer, living on a cul-de-sac means it might be easier to get to know your neighbors. It is often easier to share a refreshment, make introductions, and, maybe, find common ground.
Quite literally, being at the end of the road makes it difficult for cars to speed past your home. It’s safer to walk and to congregate outside. Children can play, ride their bikes, skate, or play ball, while the windows of 3-4 homes overlook the area.
- Social activity
On warm summer evenings, it is not unusual to see neighbors enjoying a beverage together on the cul-de-sac where children have played most of the day. It is a great place to invite children and adults alike to get away from screens and get some fresh air and human interaction.
- Relaxing environment
Without having cars driving past your front yard, the noise and level of activity is greatly diminished. Relaxation comes with an absence of movement and noise. Yes, children might laugh and shout, but these are the happy sounds of life – not the road noise and speed of business life.
- It is a throwback to earlier times of children playing outdoors
The cul-de-sac is where children of all ages can play together. It is heartwarming to see the older kids teaching the younger ones to shoot a basket in a hoop or to learn to ride a bicycle. It frees up parents to relax without managing children’s every activity. It stimulates sociability and friendship and expands energy for a good night’s sleep. “It is one of the last remaining ways to give children an old-fashioned childhood,” says Patricia Shannon of Southern Living magazine.
While there are exceptions to all of these, my 37 years of serving clients has proven that cul-de-sacs are a great place for building friendships, relaxing, and hours of safe play for children. Historically, homes on cul-de-sacs command higher resale values. Why? Limited supply with greater demand (as listed above) boost value. The cul-de-sac is a special place.
Is a new home on your list for this year? We know where the cul-de-sacs are. Call or text us at 703-624-8333 to help you find the perfect setting.