Would you want to live in a house built on the very spot where a homeless person was incinerated when the lean-to he camped in caught fire? Would the site be appealing if the view out your elegant picture window was a gas station and a 7-11? How about if your neighbor's house, an exact replica of your own, was situated so close you could spit into their window without really trying? What if there was a major highway not a half block away and your stumpy 10 foot long driveway dumped out onto a heavily trafficked street? Would it be considered a bonus if the price tag was in "the low $650,000's"?
I mentioned your neighbors, 7 and 11, didn't I?
The winter view of the trailer park across the highway?
Any of that sound good?
Real estate is at a premium here in the DC Metro area. Housing costs, as in many suburban extensions of urban areas, have skyrocketed over the years. The infamous real estate "bubble." And they keep building. Because they keep coming. People, that is. More and more people. People who need places to rest their heads. Places to raise their children. Places to fry their eggs, put up their holiday decorations, and shuffle around in their slippers.
Infill housing is pretty much the only option left to developers around here. There is not much undeveloped space left. Just tiny parcels in awkward locations. Developers clear away all the trees and foliage to build McMansion monstrosities on postage-stamp sized lots, cramming as many as possible on whatever land is available. The desirability of housing in the chosen location never seems to factor into the decision to build there. They slap an incredible price tag on the homes and people with more dollars than sense buy them.
Every time I drive by that one particular construction site across from the 7-11, I'm flabbergasted. Incredulous. Yet people will buy those houses. And live there. They may even be happy.
Meanwhile in Kansas, they are giving away land to entice people to move there.