According to “Find a Grave” there are 22 Cemeteries in Fresno, and 3 in Clovis. Back in the old days a cemetery was typically just on the outskirts of town, Sometimes up on a hill. Close enough so that it was easy to visit, but far enough away for whatever you might imagine. Hey, it’s still spooky season, right?
Now a days, we have of course, expanded our neighborhoods so that they engulf and surround what might have been a peaceful and secluded plot out in the countryside. With that in mind, someone HAS to live next to a cemetery, right?
The Pros and Cons of buying a home next to a cemetery
Are you thinking of settling down in a neighborhood where your neighbors are, well, a bit quieter than the usual? While living next to a cemetery might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s worth looking at the pros and cons. So, grab your spade and let’s dig into what you should consider before taking the plunge into the land of the…not-so-living.
The Cemeteries of Fresno and Clovis
Belmont Memorial Park
Beth Israel Cemetery
Chapel of the Light Columbarium and Cemetery
Fresno County Cemetery #1 & #2
Fresno Memorial Gardens
Garden of Innocence Cemetery
Good Shepherd Lutheran Memorial Garden
Holy Cross Cemetery
Hope Lutheran Church Grove Columbarium
Liberty Veterans Cemetery
Masis Ararat Cemetery
Mountain View Cemetery
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Saint Peters Catholic Cemetery
Sam Yup Cemetery
Washington Colony Cemetery
First things first, you’ll have the peace and quiet that could make a monastery jealous. No rowdy neighbors or thumping parties to keep you up at night. It’s like having a built-in noise-canceling system – ghost-free, of course. We’ll call that a PRO!
Now, when it comes to the property values, it’s a bit of a gamble. Some folks might see the serene setting as a selling point, while others might sprint in the opposite direction, fearing more than just a grave mistake in their investment. Better do some real estate reconnaissance to see what floats in your particular spooky market. Your best bet is to call on someone who knows that market inside and out. Guess what? We know a guy! Call Jason at 559-286-0055. Work with a Pro and this is becomes a PRO!
Living next to a cemetery often means you’ll have more privacy and space compared to homes crammed into crowded subdivisions. There are usually fewer neighbors, and the cemetery itself acts as a buffer, offering a more open and spacious feel to your property. That’s a PRO, right?
But hold your horses, it’s not all doom and gloom. There could be some fun opportunities lurking around those tombstones. Imagine historical tours, artsy shindigs, or even a romantic outdoor movie night with your dearly departed neighbors. Who said cemeteries couldn’t be the life of the party? Weird? Yes, but we’ll call it a PRO.
Of course, there’s the issue of maintenance. While most cemeteries are well-tended, some might be in need of a bit of TLC. You wouldn’t want your view to be more Dracula’s castle than a serene resting place. So, be sure to inspect those grounds before you commit to a view that’s more spooky than serene. Well kept grounds? That’s a PRO!
And let’s not forget the emotional side of things. Some folks might find comfort in the idea of being close to their future neighbors, while others might feel like they’re starring in their own personal horror movie. It’s all about what floats your phantom boat, really. Is that a PRO or a CON? Depends on you.
On top of all that, your cultural and religious beliefs may also influence your decision. Some cultures and religions have specific beliefs and traditions related to cemeteries. Research how your faith or cultural background views living near a cemetery to ensure it aligns with your values. PRO or CON for you on this?
Finally, how about this for an idea. We all like a bargain. Maybe you are looking at a home in a particular neighborhood. Similar homes, similar floor plans, similar lots. They are all going to be priced similarly except… what if that one home that borders the cemetery grounds is priced thousands of dollars less? Same floor plan, same upgrades, same square footage – just less money. That would be a deal and something your real estate professional could help you find. Once again, work with a PRO, and this becomes a PRO!
In the end, living next to a cemetery isn’t your run-of-the-mill housing choice. It’s like having a little piece of history in your backyard. But, as with any unique situation, you’ll want to poke around a bit before committing to your new resting place. Take a visit, check the history, and make sure your spiritual and emotional compasses point in the right direction. After all, it’s your haunt, I mean, home.