The term “cul-de-sac” originates from France, meaning “bottom of the sack”. A cul-de-sac is the area where a street or road comes to an end and is closed to traffic. For homes built on cul-de-sacs, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few:
Having a home on a cul-de-sac can bring peace and quiet. Since there is not a heavy traffic flow like a traditional street, you can expect less cars to constantly drive by. This also brings an additional sense of privacy. Since there is no cut-through to another street, you won’t have to worry about anyone being close to your home. This ties into the third benefit of safety. If you have small children, you can take comfort in them playing with neighbors in the cul-de-sac without worrying about heavy traffic.
There is also a sense of community in homes around the cul-de-sac as block parties can be more common and the layout makes it easier to talk with neighbors.
Lots on cul-de-sacs are typically larger than standard lots. This is great for families with children or pets as it means a larger yard to play in.
If you don’t like seclusion and quiet, a cul-de-sac home may not be for you. While some homeowners would prefer this, others may enjoy the bustle of a busier street.
A cul-de-sac home may also come with a higher price due to the benefits of seclusion and a sometimes bigger yard. Be sure to take this into account when assessing your budget for a new home.
Depending on the size of the cul-de-sac, parking for guests may be an issue. Unless they are okay with parking up the street and taking a short walk to your home, you may want to consider other options.
Owning a home on a cul-de-sac will completely depend on your personality type. Assess the pros and cons, decide what is best for your budget and take to the market. Whether you desire a cul-de-sac home or not, our realtors would be happy to help you find the best fit.