Would You Pay Extra To Live On A Cul De Sac In Castro Valley?

The dead-end streets are popular in the suburbs. Here's a home on a cul de sac that's for sale in Castro Valley.

They've apparently been around for more than 3,000 years, but what are now known as cul de sacs continue to be popular places to live.

At least one historical account says evidence of these dead-end streets have been unearthed from Egyptian ruins circa 1885 B.C.

They also are believed to have been used in ancient Athens and Rome, probably more for defensive purposes or to accomodate walls built around communities.

The word cul de sac came to use in Europe about 200 years ago. In French, it can be politely translated as "bottom of the bag." That somehow refers to the look of such residential roads.

These type of streets were first used in the United States in a New Jersey subdivision in 1924.

In 1936, the Federal Housing Administration began encouraging their development as a way to reduce traffic and increase pedestrian safety in housing subdivisions.

In the 1950s, developers began to abandon the "grid pattern" for neighborhoods and cul de sacs have been with us ever since.

Some analysts say home buyers are willing to pay up to 20 percent more for a home on a cul de sac. Are you?

One example of a Castro Valley home for sale on a cul de sac is this four-bedroom, three-bathroom house at 3587 Clifford Court that's listed at $569,000.

The house, built in 1954, is 2,236 square feet. It sits on an eighth of an acre.

You can read about more cul-de-sac homes in nearby communities on San Leandro Patch and Dublin Patch.

This information was provided by Rachael Hand, Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker and director for the Contra Costa Board of Realtors (DRE 01450616), 925-372-8080 or rachael.hand@cbnorcal.com. Properties featured in this article may be offered by a variety of local real estate firms.

Leah Hall April 12, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Cul de Sac land patterns cost more for everyone, not merely the individual purchasing the home. (From "The Sprawl Repair Manual" by Galina Tachieva) "Sprawl is a pattern of growth characterized by an abundance of congested highways, strip shopping centers, big boxes, office parks, and gated cul-de-sac subdivisions—all separated from each other in isolated, single-use pods. This land-use pattern is typically found in suburban areas, but also affects our cities, and is central to our wasteful use of water, energy, land, and time spent in traffic. Sprawl has been linked to increased air and water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, loss of open space and natural habitat, and the exponential increase in new infrastructure costs. Social problems related to the lack of diversity have been attributed to sprawl, and health problems such as obesity to its auto-dependence." http://www.terrain.org/articles/28/tachieva.htm


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