How big a deal is it to live near a fire station?
May 12, 2014 3:40 PM Subscribe
Based on your experience, do you think we are going to regret buying a home near a fire station?
posted by handful of rain to Home & Garden (40 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We're considering an offer on a single-family home that's around the corner from a fire station. This is in an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood in a mid-size town on the peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fire station (currently) serves only this town, although in the past it has served another adjacent municipality as well. The street that would be our street is not the entry/exit street that the trucks would roll down. The house is around the corner from the station and about three houses to the rear, on the opposite side of the street. Maybe about 200 feet back? It has newer double-pane windows, which would help with noise.
We're not expecting absolute peace and quiet in any house, but we're concerned about how disruptive noise from the trucks or especially sirens might be. I've never seen fire trucks leaving any station - is it routine to blast sirens as they pull out, or do they usually wait until they are on the road? Again, this is just in your experience - I realize you don't know anything about this particular situation.
We have the thought of trying to check with neighbors, but we're a little time-constrained on our offer. I'm a little unsure of whether people would have an incentive to make their response the happy version of the truth as this type of thing affects their property values.