Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Local Couple REJECT Home Abutting
Brighton's Lighted Football Field
On HGTV's House Hunters
Mike Crisona ~~ "I'm a total sports fanatic, BUT I don't want high school football in my backyard on Friday nights."
SCATS ~~ As everyone knows, in real estate it's ALL about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Having such a facility for a neighbor certainly does NOT add value to a property. Even these rookie home-seekers realized that.


Anonymous said...

This is a no-brainer SCATS. Even the jocks like peace and quiet while in their castles.

Anonymous said...

It was satisfying for someone to articulate that which we have been trying to get across for years. There are factors that decrease property values. Sometimes it is being on what would be considered a busy street with traffic and noise. A more global consideration is the reputation of the school district. But if a cape in Brighton is not adjoining a lighted football field it will sell for a higher price than the cape that is situated right next to that field. It doesn't mean that the house wouldn't sell at all. It will just take longer if there are other like properties for sale within that town.
We all know about how there are factors that come after you buy a house that you can't control. The barking dog that seems ignored by his family. The yard that is not kept up. The messy people that seem to have lots of debris around the property. Noisy neighbors that you wouldn't want to approach to ask to quiet down. If you are unfortunate enough to have these problems develop, when prospective buyers come to inspect your house they obviously consider these factors. They will expect to pay less than for a property in a better environment. And when people move in that don't mind these behaviors, in many cases it's because they have some distracting behaviors of their own. Then the whole neighborhood starts to evolve.
Definitely putting lights into an already existing field would have a negative economic impact on the properties a half mile around, not just the direct neighbors. The field itself has impacted the value, but the lights make it worse.

SCATS said...

To 9:33AM ~~ Pretty well said though I'd say the whole neighborhood starts to DEVOLVE at the point you mentioned ;)

Anonymous said...

It seems pretty clear that there is a negative impact on the value of those properties that are in close proximity to a lit field. However, those homes are a very small percentage of a town’s housing stock. Shouldn’t the value to the broader community part of the equation? Many people are attracted to things like lit fields and believe they enhance a community’s overall quality of life. I would argue that the positives have as much potential to spread as the negatives. In addition, communities and their expectations grow and change over time. Some properties in Dale Meadows have lights and an expressway in their back yards now even though when they purchased their homes that space was just an open field. I believe the community as a whole has benefitted from faster commutes and diminished traffic on Mt Read Blvd or Long Pond Rd as a result of the addition of that expressway and those lights. Even from the perspective of a “rookie home-seeker” the impacts of lights on a particular property are pretty clear (maybe he will buy a few blocks or even a few miles away). But from the broader community perspective isn’t the decision to add lights a bit more nuanced?
Thanks for the forum.

SCATS said...

To 2:43PM ~~ I'm sorry, but I'm not buying into your argument because of several reasons.

First, there have been times when DAY GAME NOISE at Olympia HS (for example) could be heard clearly at the Mt. Read Wegmans parking lot! This goes to what type of neighbor your local school/district cares to be/become. Greece is a much larger town than Brighton, but noise carries quite far depending on the wind & weather.

Secondly, it is a fact that schools do NOT have to conform to local ordinances, only to whatever State Education requires! Given this, once those fields are lit, they could have 24 hr carnivals for fundraisers every weekend, if they desire. SCREW the homeowners ... they will be helpless, aside from possible bad press. Noise ordinances & the like do not matter.

And lastly, the couple in the TV show ultimately chose to buy their home in Farmington, an area I do not think of when I think of "Rochester, NY." They truly did seek "quiet."