living on a quiet road v's a busy road. pros/cons

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CarewCarew Frets: 4
which do you prefer and why?
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  • WolfetoneWolfetone Frets: 731
    I am amazed that you need to ask the question!!
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  • CarewCarew Frets: 4
    edited January 10
    why?
    there are pro/cons
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 4854
    having lived in a relatively busy road and now living on a very quiet road, the only con of the quiet is when you do get a noisy  car on it (like some bell end with the stereo on full blast) is that it really stands out. 

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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 1690
    We live near the end of a small cul-de-sac of 14 houses. 

    We chose this one over several similar houses on the same estate because, at the time we bought it, we had 3 pre-school-age children and it just felt safer.  It helped that several of the neighbours also had young children.

    That was nearly 35 years ago, and we're still here - of course the kids have all grown up and gone their own ways.  Now we call it Crumbly Corner, because 5 of the 14 houses still have the same owners as in 1983!

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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1118
    I can’t think of a single pro for living on a busy road, so my choice is obvious.
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  • Lived in an over busy terraced houses area close to town where you struggled to get a parking space and constant noise.

    pros - could walk to town

    now live in a road of 44 semi detached houses most(including ours) have drives. We are the other end of the main road it comes off and is very quiet and a great area.

    cons - long walk to town




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  • joeyowenjoeyowen Frets: 2698
    Someone list the pros of a busy street?

    Might be worth adding I'm on a cul de sac and have 2 children!

    But even back in Uni quiet was good, providing I could walk places
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 2472
    I live on a farm half a mile up a private farm road 
    PROs ; Beautifully secluded, private environment .Quiet. 
    CONS; Long walk before you even hit the road if you want to walk anywhere
                 Nobody finds it easily
                 Flytippers Paradise (only had 5 separate events this Xmas ...........9 last year ! )
                 Cabs often refuse to drive up the road
                 Teenage daughters can never walk home from school/ evening out as lane is unlit and dangerous for single women 
                   12 years ago I caught a pervy weirdo hiding in the bushes wearing a horror type mask .........a week later a dogwalker was sexually assaulted in the adjoining field on a footpath !
                 Surface is rough and it's crap for skateboarding !
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1097
    The best thing about living on a quiet road is hiding in the bushes wearing scary masks.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 7097
    There are no pros to a busy street
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 4496
    We live in a cul-de-sac (what does that even mean?) and it is quiet but could be quieter, the amount of people that cruise down way too fast, turn in the circle at the end, only to speed out again, get's on my fucking wick.

    Some years ago when the close was full of 3-7 year old kids it was great in summer, all the kids would be out playing it the close with their bikes with stabilisers, Little Tikes cars, toys etc, I used to love coming home from work and they would all scatter off the road and when I had parked my son would come running up shouting "Daddies Home!, Daddies Home!..." I would sweep him up in my arms and give him a big hug.

    I miss those days...

    Now the kids have all grown up, wear hoodies and Vans and are generally miserable...
    “Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore”
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 323
    I'm sat in a restaurant by myself wearing a hoodie and vans. 

    Dad?
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 1097
    Break-ins are probably less likely on busy roads.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 7222
    I live on a street that happens to be a handy short cut between two busy roads.

    The good things are good transport links and many shops within walking distance.    Within a 5 minute walk I have 3 big convienience stores, Chinese, pizza and 2 chip shops, 2 chemists, 4 pubs(2 good ones), a bloody good butchers, home brew shop, hospital etc....  fire, police, ambulances are all within a mile

    but its noisier, kids like to sit on my front wall, people like to block the driveway, drunks like to sing in the street, cars like to beep at each other for blocking the busy street.

    All my houses since I was 8 have all had similar traffic, not all have had the amenities.  Oddly they have all had a street light right outside my bedroom window so the light pollution doesn’t bother me too much anymore.
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  • RaymondLinRaymondLin Frets: 3342
    There are no pros to a busy street
    It will be gritted when it snows.
    Even Yodel can find it.

    But neither is worth it if you can find a nice place away from the noise. 
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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1118
    It will be gritted when it snows.
    I see that as a con... you can’t say you can’t get to work because you’re snowed in!
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 3209
    Well there's a bus stop directly outside of my house .... that's a pro if you catch buses no ?

    There's also a Co-op shop, a pub, an Indian restaurant, Chinese restaurant and Fish  Chip shop on my road within a 10th of a mile from my house .... that's a pro when your hungry or have run out of beer  :)  

    I live on a buy road but my drive is so long you don't really notice the noise from the house, and I have parking on the drive for 6 cars so parking isn't a problem. You do get pissed up people returning to their homes after gigs at 1:20 AM in the morning but I'm normally one of them so it doesn't affect me :)
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 4496
    LuttiS said:
    I'm sat in a restaurant by myself wearing a hoodie and vans. 

    Dad?
    You're no son of mine. My kids have friends...
    “Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore”
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 838
    edited January 10
    I love on a main A Road, when we were house hunting we wrote as list of desirable attributes thus
    2/3 beds
    Detached
    Off road parking
    Reasonable size garden
    Easy access to dog walks without having to use the car

    We ended up on a main road as the house ticked all the boxes
    As a result there is a bus stop 50 yards away
    A rural train station 5mins walk away
    Across the main road and down a short gravel track is a fenced cliff top park
    Another 7mins we are on the beach

    I only really notice traffic if a blue light goes past.....
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  • GarthyGarthy Frets: 1135
    By far the biggest con for living on a reasonably busy road are the other road users that are far too impatient to wait 10 seconds for you to park the car. That said, when we moved a few years ago, this was the only house out of 40 or so we looked at that wasn't like living in a car park, especially the cul-de-sacs which all had cars on every available space. Apart from the parking thing,its much quieter and less stressful than I thought it would be. Crime, especially burglary is non-existent which according to that police website seems to be focused on the traditional residential areas.

    The ambient noise level means that you don't notice a herbert with a shot exhaust, or hear your neighbours (it's always tricky to check on a 87 year old lady to make sure she isn't dead). I didn't notice the farmer behind us playing with a chainsaw until I let the dog out into the garden.

    I lived in a cul de sac before, to be honest it drove me nuts as you hear EVERYTHING! Bloody clocks ticking, next door's central heating creaking, someone 100 yards away having a loud conversation....

    Next time I'll try and get a happy medium. Though we live in a small village with farmland all around, the road is is fairly bust as it links some large towns.
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  • I live in the dead end part of my road as it merges with another one, but its hardly quiet. Boy racer type cars always zooming round and blasting their shit music out loud.

    Also the neighbours to the left of us are noisy fuckers too, slamming their front door multiple times a day, 5 on weekdays and up to 7 on weekends. I've kinda grown to know when they'll do it so much I put my headphones in at the times of the day I expect them to do it.

    Also as live near the airport planes are flying over every 10 minutes or so, we never really get any peace and quiet.
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  • BloodEagleBloodEagle Frets: 2740
    In my bachelor years I lived on a main road and struggle to think of any pro's to be honest. The cons were as follows -

    Woken up by pissed up wankers shouting/singing/fighting and high heels clip-clopping on the pavement in the early hours
    Car noise at all hours, loud car stereos, revving of engines, horns
    Drug dealers plying their trade in the alleyway just below my bedroom window and looking at me like they want to kill me if we happen to make eye contact
    Coming home from a long day at a shit job to find 2 homeless people asleep across the doorway I needed to go through to get to my residence
    Impossible to park my first awful car anywhere and having to venture into the nearby red light area with all the associated dangers/thrills that brings
    Weirdo who lived in the flat downstairs playing the Boo-Radleys at all hours
    Weirdo who lived upstairs leaving his incredibly noisy toilet fan on at all hours 

    Pros -

    In town, was able to go out clubbing and be back in approx 3 minutes
    Lots of fast food joints about, which was important when I was in my twenties,
    Made me realise that, in the long term, city living was not for me.
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 16448
    Quiet every time.... I live four miles from Manchester - but 200 metres from meadows and quarter of a mile from some great restaurants/pubs/bars. I have peace and quiet in abundance - but can experience noise quite easily if I want to....
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 4538
    edited January 11
    Done both.

    Busy:
    Pro  - when you unemployed you have ppl to see as they walk past on their daily travails whilst you in your dressing gown eating toast.

    Con - You see them again 8 hours later whilst you still in your dressing gown eating toast.

    Quiet:
    Pro - When you retired you no longer need to wear your dressing gown.

    Con - You often run out of bread and so you don't always have toast readily available.
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 6039
    I can't live away from the noise, I AM the noise! 

    I like watching the world go by, and when I'm working on motorcycles or playing guitar I feel a lot less self conscious next to our A road than I would in a quiet posh street. 

    Of course I'd prefer to live in the middle of nowhere, but I'd still miss the social aspect of living on the main thoroughfare in a village, and seeing cool bikes blast past or my mates see me outside and pull in for a cuppa.  

    There really are pros and cons, to me, anyway. 
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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 1136
    I had the best of both worlds when I was in Madrid - on a side street next to Paseo De La Castellana, in an interior flat. Really quiet but 5 minutes from the ABC shopping mall.

    I lived on Colchester Road in Ipswich for 6 months. That was hell, so noisy.

    We now live on a road which gets moderate amounts of traffic and quite a bit at rush hour times, and I wish it was just a bit quieter. There's a bus stop outside as well.

    Quiet over noisy every time.
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  • All respondents to this question, on this here forum for guitarists, should now get their neighbours to respond! ;-)
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  • StevepageStevepage Frets: 786
    quiet road in the middle of no where. Much more relaxing and comfortable
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2025
    I live at the end of a Cul-De-Sac and the house backs on to a former farm track now footpath and then a school field. It's in a small market town. If I walk one way for 3 mins I'm in the high street and opposite the railway station. If I walk the other way I pass the local football ground and I'm stood in fields. I'm a 3 min drive from the A14 so access to anywhere is no big deal and It's quite except in the dead of night I can hear the frieght trains and motor cycles on the A14 (all that noise to transport one person in discomfort)!
    The Cons are that every noise at night makes you aware someone is about (or a cat).

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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 1690
    edited January 11
    OP - now you have some answers, why did you ask?

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