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Old 04-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Gumby
I attribute much of the peacefulness of our neighborhood to the fact that it is a historic district. Among other things, it has been fully built up for at least the past 100 years, so there will never be any new development or changed uses. People take very good care of their property.

For new buyers, the neighborhoold they visit will be the one they live in. There won't be any surprises. So, if you like it on first sight, you'll probably like it ten years from now.
Where I live the city ( thousand oaks ) has had a master plan since it was incorporated around 1960 and they have stuck to it pretty well. A place with a plan ( zonings being the first order of business ) like this is a good sign in my book if you are looking at suburban areas ( new or old )

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Old 04-22-2012, 09:23 PM   #22
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Would agree with the acreage recommendation but don't think you need 10 acres. I've lived in a development for the last 14 years where all the homes are on a minimum 1 acre lot. We do have a minimal HOA ($80/year) to keep the CC&R's active to help keep things somewhat under control. The northern border of the development is a national forest which certainly helps. All the land in this area is zoned for residential use only so little chance of any commercial business coming in. I've gotten so use to sleeping in complete quiet that I sometimes struggle to sleep when I travel, the slightest noise disturbs me.

I have some friends that live in a 55+ gated community where the housing is much more dense but they always comment on how quiet it is. Seems like most of them are in bed by 8pm.

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