Real Estate Term of the Day: Cul-De-Sac
CUL-DE-SAC – a street with an intersection on one end and a closed turning area on the other. Often valued in the design of residential subdivisions for the privacy provided to homes on the street (Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)
Homes that are located in a cul-de-sac may have bigger lot sizes (especially the ones that wrap around the turning area) and offer less drive traffic. Many families like cul-de-sacs because it allows a safer place for their children to pay versus a typically street. Cul-de-sacs are iconic of the subdivisions built between the 1980’s- 2000’s. Some argue that cul-de-sacs limit the amount of interaction between neighbors because they are separated by the other streets in the neighborhood. In recent years many city planners are shifting from the traditional subdivision to one that allows for more connectivity, walkability, and better traffic flow for neighborhoods. According to the NY Times, The State of Virginia has banned the use of a cul-de-sac for that very reason.
(Barron’s Dictionary of Real Estate Terms)