Would you buy a Chandler home that backs up to the Santan Freeway? I was recently looking at some new listings and a photo caught my eye. The image was of a home that had a huge backyard with what looked like school buildings behind it. I was trying to picture where this home was located when I realized that those were not schools in the background; they were giant freeway sound walls.
When the Santan Freeway was constructed, it was with the intention that hundreds of homes would line its border. These homes have backyards that could have provided a view of thousands of cars, if not for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s planning.
ADOT, as they are known, designed sound barrier walls to mitigate the freeway noise. The idea of these walls is that they are very tall and thick, allowing the sound from the vehicles passing by to roll up and over the wall. The wall is taller than the home behind it, so the sound travels above the home, resulting in a peaceful bliss for the homeowner.
Why would someone choose a Chandler home with a backyard on the freeway? The home may be priced at a discount compared to others in the neighborhood. Many of the homes located on the Santan Freeway have huge backyards and no homes behind them. In an unusual twist, homes with freeway frontage may also offer more privacy than other residences with homes on all sides.
If you are interested in any Chandler home, please let me know. I’ll be glad to give you a tour.