Things You Don’t Want To Live Near


As you move into your new home, you’re probably excited to explore the area and all that it has to offer. But before you do that, it’s important to know what’s around you. Some neighborhoods are great, but others are less than ideal. If you want to avoid certain things like busy streets or noisy homes, read on.

A busy street

In addition to the obvious problems of loud noise and pollution, traffic is also a major contributor to noise pollution. Traffic can disrupt your sleep and make it difficult for you to concentrate during the day. If you’re living on a busy street, there are several things that you can do in order to reduce your exposure:

  • Wear earplugs when sleeping (or use white noise machines)
  • Close windows and doors during peak hours
  • Try not to engage with other drivers by honking horns or yelling insults out of car windows

Homes that are close together

You don’t want to live so close to your neighbor that you feel like you have a roommate. If you live in an apartment or condo, chances are good that your neighbors will be within earshot of your living room conversations. And if you’re buying a house, it’s important for you and any roommates (or future ones) to make sure that each person owns enough property so as not to feel crowded by other people’s houses and yards.

You don’t want to live next to a house with a loud dog. If there’s nothing wrong with the dog itself, but its Barking is too much for you—and especially if it keeps you awake when it barks at night—then this type of situation might not be right for what kind of environment you need in order to sleep peacefully at night!

You don’t want to live next to children (especially small ones). This can be problematic because children may not always understand why they shouldn’t play certain games outside or run around loudly during certain parts of the day; after all, being young means having lots of energy! And while there’s nothing wrong with having kids running around outside making noise or playing tag every day after school lets out—there ARE times when parents would prefer peace and quiet at home rather than constant activity outdoors…or even worse: waking up early in order “to catch their kids before” school starts!!!

A high school and its teenage students

You don’t want to live directly up against a high school.

I understand that you may have kids who are students. In fact, you might even really like the people at your local high school! But put yourself in my shoes as a homeowner: I just want to relax and enjoy my time away from work without being harassed by loud teenagers or having to deal with the stressful situations that come with kids partying in front of my house—or worse, vandalizing it. And the traffic that comes with rush hour pickups.

A corner store

A corner store is a convenience store that is open 24 hours and sells food, alcohol, cigarettes, and sugary snacks. It’s easy to buy these items at a corner store because there are no restrictions on what time of day you can buy them. You don’t have to step foot inside your home or car! The convenience factor makes it hard for people living near a corner store to avoid buying unhealthy food or alcohol during the day.

Corner stores are often loud at night as well because they attract people who want to buy drugs or guns in secret. If you live next door to a corner store in an area with high crime, you’re likely going to hear gunshots when it gets dark out.

A mechanic shop

A mechanic shop is not a neighbor you want to live directly next to. The sounds of car engines, clanging tools and equipment, and heavy machinery can be deafening. These are things that you’re going to hear day in and day out if your neighbor has a mechanic shop. The smells might be worse: fuel, grease, oil, and other chemicals—it’s similar to living next door to a factory that works with hazardous waste materials!

Of course, there are the cars themselves: parking them, driving them around the block (and possibly over your lawn), and washing them. Those are some of the noises that might drive you crazy when your neighbors decide they want to go for a joyride on their weekend off from work. Most of those vehicles belong to strangers who don’t care how much noise they make when they rev their engines on Friday morning…You get the picture. No thanks!

A truck stop

Let’s talk about truck stops. If you live near a truck stop, you know that trucks don’t just make noise; they produce it. Trucks are also big and heavy, which means that when they move, their engines make a lot of vibration and shake the ground (and your walls).

Truckers are not always polite people either. They may be playing loud music!

An airport or flight path

You know those big, noisy planes that fly over your house every few minutes? Yeah, they’re not going to be good neighbors.

Living close to an airport can be a stressful experience. The constant noise of planes taking off and landing, as well as the loud engines of the planes themselves, can be quite distracting and disruptive. Not to mention the air pollution and safety concerns associated with living near an airport.

It’s not uncommon to have trouble sleeping if you live too close to an airport. The noise and vibrations from the planes can make it difficult to relax and get a good night’s rest.

You might also have to deal with traffic jams in front of your house from people rushing to and from the airport. People who don’t want to pay to park at the airport may end up parking or idling in front of your house instead while they wait for someone to arrive.

A church with a large parking lot

When you live next to a church, it’s important to consider the parking lot. This is because churches tend to have large parking lots that often fill up with cars. The noise of all these cars can be quite loud and bothersome, especially if your windows are open while they’re idling or driving out of the lot.

Offices with people coming and going at all hours of the day and night

The last thing you want to hear while trying to relax after a long day is the sound of people coming and going, or making noise in their offices. This can create an overwhelming sense of anxiety in your home, so it’s best to avoid living next door to an office building if possible.

In addition to being noisy, many offices are also high-traffic areas which can cause problems for surrounding residents. Delivery trucks and employees taking breaks outside will create unnecessary congestion in your neighborhood and increase traffic on the streets around you. If there’s no parking available on site (or if off-site parking is used), this can lead to poorly lit parking lots that make it difficult for drivers to see where they’re going at night—another potential safety Hazard for both drivers and pedestrians alike.

Fireworks shops

Some of these things you can’t change, but fireworks shops are one thing that cities have complete control over. These stores are often located near residential neighborhoods, and they sell explosive products that can be dangerous to anyone who lives near them. In addition to the noise and air pollution caused by firework displays, fireworks shops also carry a variety of other loud, bright, and potentially dangerous items such as smoke bombs and “noisemakers” (aka small explosives).

Some city officials say that Banning fireworks sales is not practical because it would result in lost revenue from licensing fees paid by sellers. But there are plenty of ways for communities to limit the size and impact of their Fourth of July celebrations without resorting to selling explosives in residential areas:

  • Fireworks festivals: Fireworks should only be used outdoors at designated events where proper safety precautions are taken. These events provide entertainment for large groups while allowing everyone involved—including spectators—to have fun safely!

Don’t live near anything noisy.

You don’t want to live near anything noisy.

This is a pretty obvious one, but it’s still worth mentioning. We’re all for living in an urban environment if that’s what you prefer, but there are some things that just aren’t appealing about having too much noise around your home. If you’re planning on raising young kids and they’re going to be going to school across the street from where you live, then maybe reconsider before making a purchase.

You should also consider whether or not your neighbors might have loud parties or play music loudly late at night; if so, again—maybe reconsider before making your purchase. As far as where specifically not to live goes?

Try not living next door (or any closer than several hundred yards) from anything like an airport or train station—these places tend to be very noisy throughout the day and night! The same goes for busy streets and highways; while they may seem like convenient routes when driving through town in your car, it can get pretty annoying when these roads are filled with cars honking their horns.


We hope that you’ve learned a little bit about the things you don’t want to live next to. As we said earlier, there are many other factors that can affect your quality of life. But if you keep these things in mind when choosing where to live, then hopefully it will make your search easier!

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