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Would you want to live next to a cemetery? According to Freddie Mac’s blog, “when it comes to buying homes near graveyards, people tend to fall into one of two categories: all in or creeped out.” So which do you prefer? To live in suburbia or disturbia? We’re dying to know.

If you’re Team Suburbia (like us!), what you learn here may just change your mind. According to a Redfin analysis, purchasing a home near a cemetery may not be as grave a mistake as you probably think. The study found that homes within 50 feet of a cemetery, though they take longer to sell, sell for more per square foot than homes more than 500 yards away.

“To be honest, if your home is going to become more of an asset and appreciate faster because it’s next to a cemetery, then we’re all for it!” said Real Estate Agent Matt Dubas of Dubas Property Group. Dubas has a blog on his website titled “The Pros And Cons Of Buying A Property Near A Cemetery” which opened our eyes to this strange situation. 

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Image courtesy of Dubas Property Group

If your list of must-haves when looking for a home already includes a stunning view of tombstone and (dead) silent neighbors, you’re probably wondering where on Earth you can find such a creepy crash pad. Cartography expert and “Pet Sematary” enthusiast Joshua Stevens might be able to help, or at least give you a place to start your haunting hunt.  Real Estate Agent Matt Dubas would also be happy to help, “It’s definitely an odd request but if you want a home near a cemetery, we’ll get right on it and find all the homes we can for you to consider.”

The Geography of the Dead

Stevens, mentioned above used geodata to plot the locations of 144,847 graveyards and cemeteries in the contiguous U.S. According to his map, the land of the dead exists east of the Mississippi—with the highest concentration of cemeteries sitting in a conglomerate where Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia come together. There’s also a horrifyingly high number of cemeteries in the Northeastern U.S., where Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts converge.

Looking to take your quest a step further? You may or may not want to consider moving into one of the spookiest spots in the U.S. where, according to Stevens, “only the dead sleep,” though it won’t be easy. There are about a dozen places across Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico that have no living population and still have cemeteries, but many of these areas fall in what are now national parks and wildlife refuges.

The Land of the Living

For those of you who prefer the company of the living, check out listings in San Francisco, California the only major city in the U.S. that doesn’t have any cemeteries.

According to Freddie Mac, “In 1912, San Francisco banned burials in the city, ordering cemeteries to be shut down and remains moved to nearby Colma, Ca. So, while San Francisco may be the land of the living, Colma is (quite literally) the city of the dead, with 99.9% of its residents occupying space in the ground.”

No matter what you decide, fully scout out your potential new neighborhood

Before buying any future home, Matt Dubas recommends that you “acknowledge the new location, and scout out your potential new neighborhood no matter what.” And, “if it happens to be near a cemetery you might have to accept that it is what it is, just like buying a home near a school district or next to a train track. The condition of the graveyard may also be a consideration—whether it is well-maintained, and if there’s a buffer between the homes and the cemetery.”

Ready to buy a home? Either near or far away from a cemetery? See if you qualify today.

Featured image courtesy of Realtor.com.

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