Ask Candy Dallas Real Estate Questions: Why Is It So Bad To Live Across the Street From a School?

Published September 18, 2012 by Candy Evans

A Dallas house-hunter writes and wants to know what’s so bad about buying or even renting across the street from a school:

I saw the interior of this fabulous Lakewood home when I was in town. Thinking we’ll apply. Do you think the middle school across the street would be a problem? I’ve always heard that buying or even renting across the street from a school is a huge real estate no-no…

I guess it’s the traffic generated by car-pools, but that’s from what, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. then again at 3:30 p.m. I have murmured many a curse word when I inadvertently drive near St. Michael’s on Douglas at 3:30 p.m. — that area is a grid-lock with all the parochial schools come 3:30. Aside from that, you will have a few parent-teacher nights to deal with and maybe kids canoodling about after events. But I LOVED the year we rented a home near St. Marks. When our dog got loose, she ran to the campus, not a major road, and my son walked to school. You can extra parking on Saturday nights. I loved football games and could hear the pep rallies in my kitchen. Best of all, the football team got warm chocolate chip cookies after practice — what’s NOT to like about living across the street from a school???

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