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Loves & Hates of Living on a Cul-De-Sac

Cul-De-Sac is a French word which means Bottom of the Sack. Visually its a dead end street with a rounded curve with one entrance/exit.
The benefits:
One of the major reasons people like living on a cul-de-sac is because there's less traffic on this type of street. Unless you live in one of the houses on the block, the only reason you could be in there is if you’re visiting someone who lives on that street, or you’re lost.
Unlike on a street where there are many cars, living on a cul-de-sac means you don’t have to deal with traffic noise. This feature makes it ideal for buyers who have children and pets, or for people who loathe living on a busy street where a lot of traffic passes by their front door.
The drawbacks:
The bad side of not being a through road? It might not be easily accessible in an emergency. When it snows, main roads and heavily trafficked blocks get plowed first and quickly. Cul-de-sacs, on the other hand, are usually the last to have snow removal services.
This could be an issue if someone on the block is having a party and has invited a large number of guests. It’s more likely for them to take up all available parking, and could even go as far as parking in front of a neighbor’s walkway.
The benefits:
With fewer cars and less traffic, a cul-de-sac is a natural safe place for families with children. Children can play outside and ride their bicycles more freely, which are fantastic ways for them to be active and make friends in the neighborhood.
The drawbacks:
Not everyone loves to have their street turned into a playground, especially when children are left unattended.
Baseballs, basketballs, footballs, and hockey pucks could go flying through the air and hit cars, mailboxes, windows, or houses, especially if the cul-de-sac is relatively small. Damage to property can cause tension or conflicts with neighbors and could cause stress if no one is willing to accept responsibility.
The benefits:
Since houses on a cul-de-sac often face each other in a semi-circle or in closer proximity to one another, this allows for enhanced relationships among residents. Neighbors may see each other every day so it's easier to get to know one another. These things can foster a strong sense of community. This is why people who are naturally neighborly would surely love the communal feel inherent to a cul-de-sac.
The drawbacks:
They say the only thing that will make you dislike living on a cul-de-sac is if you really hate your neighbors.
Even if you enjoy the privacy of living on a cul-de-sac since it’s generally a tucked-away location, you may not like the constant surveillance of neighbors, even if everyday observances are naturally unavoidable.
Contact me if you would like to see Cul-De-Sacs in your area

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