I recently read an article on why you should think twice before buying a corner lot. When I was younger, our family lived in a corner home and I couldn’t remember it being any different from any of the other homes we lived in. I was intrigued. What could be so wrong with living in a corner home?
The article gave corner houses a bum rap, but I think there are some advantages to living on the corner too. I’ve decided to play devil’s sdvocate by showing both the pros and cons of corner home living and let you be the judge. Should we think twice before buying a home on a corner?
Con: Corner homes are prone to burglaries since thieves often target homes that are on well-traveled routes.
Pro: True, corner homes are more visible, but that makes it all the more difficult to burglarize them without being seen.
Con: You have fewer neighbours. Having fewer neighbours means there are fewer protective eyes watching over your property. In order to further protect your property, you’ll likely need to build a fence, which can be quite costly.
Pro: Fewer neighbours can also mean more privacy, and isn’t that what most of us want? Since you don’t have as many neighbours around, your yard tends to be quieter too.
Con: Corner homes see more street traffic. Corner homeowners often complain that they see more traffic than their neighbours do because their home is situated partially on two streets. Pedestrians will often cut corners by walking through the front yards of corner lots.
Pro: Not all streets are busy. In quiet residential areas, street traffic is minimal, regardless of where you live. Putting up a fence will not only create a more private space, but also save you from unwanted trespassers.
Con: Corner homes require more maintenance. Many homeowners report that that they spend more time and money on trimming trees, cutting grass and shoveling snow. Since your home is more highly visible, picky neighbours, who expect perfectly manicured lawns, will expect more from your home.
Pro: If lawn maintenance and gardening is your thing, then you’ll enjoy having more space to work with. In fact, a corner home is the perfect location for a showy garden.
Con: Corner lots tend to have smaller backyards. More space in the front yard sometimes means less space in the back, and some people see this as a bad thing.
Pro: Conversely, if you’re a flower gardener, you probably appreciate more space out front. You can turn your yard into beautiful display gardens, and not have to worry about maintaining too much of a backyard. Also, corner lots don’t always have tiny backyards. Sometimes they’re quite spacious.
What some actual corner lot owners think:
Guelph, Ontario resident Matthew Ball likes where he lives. “I actually really enjoy living on a corner lot. In our case, we have one neighbour. And depending on the layout of the property you have, you might end up with a larger front/side yard.”
“I find that the traffic is higher,” Ball continues. “You have two streets to worry about instead of just one. People do cut across your lawn and tend to throw more garbage on it, and sometimes you have people drive across the side when they cut the corner too tight.”
Shardath Maharaj likes being in the corner house of his neighbourhood too. “It’s more open,” he says. “And it doesn’t feel cramped. You almost feel like you represent your neighbourhood.”
So I guess it all depends on who you are and what you like – and the space itself.