By Craig Daniels
I have twice tried to interest the authors of books like "Places Rated" and the people who operate Century 21's system of rating communities, to include comparisons based on noise ordinances and enforcement. I drew some interest, but nothing has come of my efforts.
Now, with the information that the US Census has estimated that 4.5 million people want to relocate on account of neighbour- hood noise problems (from the NoiseOff web site), together with statistics on numerous cohorts of retiring "baby boomers" looking for new homes and communities, I think it's time to try again.
I have so far written to Frommer's Guides (via their web site), Places Rated, Century-21 and Sperling's Best Places.
Mr. David Savageau
c/o Places Rated Partnership
P.O. Box 1327
Gloucester, MA 01931
Century 21 Real Estate LLC
1 Campus Drive
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
Sperling's Best Places
PO Box 82937
Portland, Oregon 97282
Again: The idea is to create significant competition between municipalities, existing retirement communities, and ones that are being planned—not by "red lining" residential communities which don't care, but by making the demand for and the success of noise controlled communities newsworthy.
Dear Century 21:
The 2000 US Census estimated that 4.5 million people were seeking to relocate on account of noise problems. Twelve million more were troubled by noise in their neighbourhoods. With the "baby boomers" about to start looking for retirement homes, maybe it's time to start including information on noise ordinances and effective enforcement in your virtual tour / ratings system.
It might be that the best options are within retirement community developments, such as the one my wife and I are hoping to retire into this year (Shore Pines Village in Coos Bay, Oregon). Hopefully we have picked a good place.
Editor's note: To address this matter in Canada as well, we suggest writing to major Canadian real estate businesses like Royal LePage, Century 21, Sutton Group and Re/Max and demand better information.
It is equally important to lobby for better sound-proofing provisions in our building codes for the construction of residential multi-unit housing.