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House right beside a gas station... Bad?

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House right beside a gas station... Bad?

Just out of curiously, is it really bad? You are probably breathing in bad fume from the gas? Any study on this?
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I would be more concerned with the amount of car traffic in the immediate area (which leads to increased noise, unwanted pedestrians, etc).
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Also think of the future if you buy it and want to sell. How marketable will it be next to a gas station? Most potential buyers will think like Mars2012 - traffic, noise, people traffic etc. Also remember tanker trucks will pull in occasionally to refill the tanks.
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The real downside is if the gas station ever leaks gas, it creates a real problem for the surrounding area. You'll find that land across the street or next to a gas station is cheap, for this reason and all the reasons above. Where I live, gas stations are usually surrounded by commercial building or low rentals.
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If you like the smell of petrol, CO fumes, and noise at all hours of the day GO FOR IT.

Personally I would recommend against it. Other than the above and all the health concerns that go with it, resale will suck when it comes to sell.
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Traffic = noise...walk away.
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Traffic alone would be a huge turn off. Just like houses close to a drive-thru.

Or could catch on fire. Watch Zoolander.
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Aside from fumes and odour, I'd say potential leakage of the underground storage tanks is another big concern.
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depends where and if it's priced accordingly

would i live next door to a gas station in a cookie cutter home in the suburban sticks for no discount? no
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If I walk by a gas station that is having their tanks filled up I can smell the fumes, so I think it is safe to say you could smell them from your backyard. For that alone, even if you are someone who does not believe it is a health concern, I think that is enough to put a halt on purchasing it unless there is some sort of steep discount because it will impact you.
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samguan wrote: Just out of curiously, is it really bad? You are probably breathing in bad fume from the gas? Any study on this?
two words
Sunrise Propane
The explosions occurred at the Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases propane facility, located near Keele Street and Wilson Avenue around 03:50 ET. The blasts caused thousands of people to be evacuated from their homes and cost C$1.8 million to clean up, half of which was paid by the province of Ontario. An employee of Sunrise died in the initial explosions and a firefighter died of cardiac arrest the next day while at the scene.
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+ probably paying ultra high house premium as well.
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Yes, it is bad. Besides the traffic, noise, bright lights, there is the health risk. Gas fumes are an issue. Benzene, which is a known carcinogen, is found in gas fumes and found in higher concentrations around gas stations. Gas station attendants have been known to develop leukemia due to exposure to benzene.
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veryboredguy wrote: thats propane not gas, unless the gas station has a propane fllilng station too
that wasn't even a propane station

it was a huge storage centre.

that's like saying living near a grocery store is the same as living next door to a farm.
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The issues are soil contamination; the zoning of the property in question - i.e is it strictly residential or has it been given non-conforming status which is a redflag; obtaining a reasonable mortgage and insurance.

Prudent buyers will require at least a soil contamination test for petroleum leaks run off from a car wash and traffic density pattern for a property close to a gas station.

As a result residential such properties experience lower values.
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I would avoid anything right next to anything industrial/commercial, especially anything with potential environmental risks.

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