If you're looking to buy a home, you have many different factors to consider. Between deciding how many bedrooms you want, what neighborhood you want to live in, and whether you really need an updated kitchen, it's easy to lose sight of the basics—like whether you want a home on a side street or on a busier road. Both locations have their benefits! Here's information to help you decide as you look at homes for sale.
Benefits of Living On a Main Road
Your road will be plowed sooner. If you live in an area where there's heavy snow in the winter, this is definitely an asset. The towns usually plow the main roads first, so you'll be able to get out earlier than if you were to live on a side street. There's also a greater chance of the sidewalks being cleared in the winter.
Crime may be less likely. Crime rates vary drastically according to many factors, but since busy streets tend to be better lit, criminals may be less likely to break into your home than on a side street. You won't need to invest in as many of your own yard lights, either, since there will likely be more light from the street.
You'll get where you're going sooner. When you live on a busy street, you can pull right out and be on your way. You won't have to worry about winding through back streets before getting to the main drag.
Benefits of Living On a Side Street
There won't be as much traffic. If you have kids or pets, you may feel safer living on a side street than on a busy road. Less traffic means a lower risk of someone getting hit by a car. On the calmest side streets, kids can even use the street as a place to play ball or ride their scooters.
It might be easier to find parking. From day to day, surely you'll just park in your driveway. But what about when you have friends over? They'll have an easier time finding parking on a side street where there are only a few houses than along a busy route.
It won't be as noisy. With less traffic going by, living on a side street is a lot quieter than living on a busy route. You won't have to choose between leaving the windows open and enjoying some peace and quiet, and you can relax in your backyard more enjoyably, too.