Real Estate Protip #2: New Construction & Neighborhoods

April 3, 2012

Our new house is part of a neighborhood that’s very much still in progress. There are empty lots on both sides of us — several, in fact, to the south of us.

This is good in some ways: We got to build on our first-choice lot with the great view, there’s a lot of open space, not much vehicle traffic, etc.

This is not good in other ways, mainly this: There’s a ton of new construction happening around us. As someone who works from home, I’m resigning myself to the fact that my daily soundtrack for the next several months will be the sound of hammers and heavy machinery. Ugh.

In fact, just a couple days ago, I took these photos as I noticed that there were four lots being worked on within 100 yards of our house. Yikes!




All of the construction also means a lot of nails on the road. On Monday I spent an hour at Les Schwab getting one of my tires repaired — it had two nails in it!

So, the real estate protip: New neighborhoods have pros and cons.


  • Reply David Wallace April 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

    When we built our new house 10 years ago, it was the same way. In fact, one day I came home from running errands to find a contractor working on the house next door had parked his truck in our front yard. Now the front yard was still unlandscaped but it was obvious that someone lived there. I was seriously pissed and ended up yelling at the contractor to get his blipidy blip truck off my property. šŸ˜‰

  • Reply Jon Lambert July 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Really? Noise in a new neighborhood?? Did you know it was new when you moved in? Weird…Maybe you should try to find a home in an existing neighborhood.

    • Reply Matt McGee July 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Of course we knew it was a new neighborhood. And nope, not interested in finding a home in an existing neighborhood – but thanks for the suggestion.

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