Sandy locals will tell you that this city is truly a great place to live. A public hearing that took place on March 17 illustrated just how passionate Sandy residents are about their homes, and many expressed intense anger at the possibility of changes coming to their beloved neighborhoods. As the City Council heard from both residents and city professionals regarding two separate issues, one thing became clear: homebuyers have forgotten the popular warning, “Buyer Beware.”
When Ken Adams and his family moved into their home in the neighborhood at 800 South and 700 Eeast 50 years ago, the stubbed-out street that sits there today held the promise of a connection and a traffic light. Adams states that he was ensured that, with the addition of new homes, that street project would be completed. His neighbor, Tyler Maynard, claims he was promised that the road would never be connected. Maynard calls his neighborhood the “Gem of Sandy,” filled with quiet streets that provide the perfect haven for raising children. His little girl could be heard in the background as he recalled memories of his own childhood in Sandy. He, along with several other residents, was concerned about the extra traffic that will cut through the neighborhood where their kids play if this road is connected.
The fact remains, however, that both residents were aware of the stubbed-out street when they purchased their homes, and the “Buyer Beware” signals in their heads should have been going off. An unfinished road is a pretty good indication of a future connection, and a neighborhood set between two major streets should expect a decent influx of traffic.
Dawn Sidwell on 120 East is dealing with her own “Buyer Beware” issues as she tries to sell her home at the end of a lane. One look at the numerous cars lining the street blocking traffic and service vehicles sends potential buyers running the other direction.
All three of these Sandy residents are dealing with similar issues, but should they have considered the possibility of these circumstances when they purchased their homes?
Was the possibility of the street being connected into the neighborhood a deal breaker? Would the residents who have lived there as long as Mr. Adams still done so if they hadn’t been promised a completed road with a street light? Did Ms. Sidwell consider that perhaps a road as wide as hers may be used for parking? Did she inquire about the neighbors? Probably not; would you? Once you find the house with the perfect backyard and the floor plan of your dreams, the house hunting usually comes to an end.
Even in a city as wonderful and family-friendly as Sandy, buyers must remember to consider every possibility before purchasing a home, while still realizing that all things are subject to change. If you are depending on a connected street, hoping it remains incomplete, or you’re frustrated with the neighbors before you even move in, maybe that perfect floor plan can be found in another home. If you’re currently on the hunt for a new home or considering moving soon, take note from these residents, and buyer beware!