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Just saw a house that is almost tailor-made for us...unfortunately it happens to be near a power pylon (about 20-30 metres, the pylon is in the neighbour's yard).

As far as we can work out, there's very little actual science behind pylon fear but my god the market is toxic for houses near pylons.

We're planning to live whereever we wind up for a very long time but we're a little paranoid about needing to sell up


It's the first stand-alone house that I've seen that doesn't seem even slightly moist, something of a miracle in Wellington

Date: 2012-04-23 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatjna.livejournal.com
Power pylons do hum, and they catch the wind in a sound-effects-o-doom kind of way. Apparently they interfere with TV reception - which in Ye Olden Tymes was probably more of a big deal than it is now but these things have a way of sticking around in housing markets.

The ones at KB give shocks to people who pitch tents under them by induction - but they are the big giant ones that run straight from the power station to Auckland so are probably somewhat gruntier than the one you'd be next to.

Date: 2012-04-23 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-en-route.livejournal.com
Some buzz all the time and some don't (the one on devon street in Aro valley seems to be buzzing near constantly), we didn't hear anything off this pylon at the time (although we would want to visit during rain/heat to make sure).

We're a little worried about interference with wireless/blowing lightbulbs though

We'd be building in a year's worth of payments as a buffer (over and above the deposit) which should be enough time to sell if we had to.

Date: 2012-04-24 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tatjna.livejournal.com
We lived within 40m of a pylon at Crofton Downs. It didn't hum but it did whistle in the wind. It didn't interfere with out internal wireless network but TV reception there was crap.

I think it depends a lot on how much you like the rest of the house - if it's dry, in Wellington, that's a huge deal. Also, if you buy low you can afford to sell low in the Future Times.

Date: 2012-04-24 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anna-en-route.livejournal.com
The wireless thing is really good to know thank you!

We don't have an aerial hooked up now so tv reception definitely not a concern.

Whistling....we'll have to think about (although I suspect my partner may just think it's cool).

It's really helpful to hear from someone who isn't terrified of them though.

There was one curtain with a little mildew but no carpet damage, damp smells or mildew in closets

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