There are some homes built in areas with higher water table levels and this can affect their septic systems. There are also those springs that come early with rain before the ground has been able to absorb the melting of snow making basements susceptible to taking on the water. It is important that houses have their downspouts set up ready to go and that the grade of land runs away from the house. In some rare cases the house requires a new perimeter drainage system around the foundation of the house. If a property is in an area with natural springs the owner may have successfully diverted spring run off by ditching around the lot or by putting in a drainage rock system like we did on our property keeping our basement dry during those times the ground is saturated with water and the springs are running fast.
For some, living along the highway provides exposure for their home-based business signage. For others having easy access to the highway makes getting to town simple especially during the winter months when country roads are not plowed as often as the highway. Others may find living along the highway to be a hazard for children and pets. Although traffic along our highways is generally pretty light (except the traffic can be heavier downtown or when there is a stream of ferry traffic). Also the noise coming from a highway may be disturbing to some, especially when traffic picks up during the summer months. The orientation of the house and outdoor living space will affect the noise volume level of a highway.
Some people are sensitive to not having enough exposure to sunlight.
The orientation of a house with its landscaping and its design may provide more natural light into the house. Also, the location of the house in the valley or lake will also determine how much daylight it is able to capture inside.
Generally speaking, in my experience the nieghtbourhood of Lister seems to have the most natural light which also means it loses it's snow sooner in the wintertime. The area I have noticed with the least amount of sun is within the area of Arrowcreek. Although there are some properties in this area that can have more direct sunlight exposure than a nieghbour down the road. So each property needs to be considered on its own.
It is also worthwhile considering that those properties with the most sun exposure may also have the most exposure to weather elements such as wind.
Sometimes a property has all the features you want but there isn’t enough sunlight to satisfy you. This might be a blessing on a hot summer day. There are many people who have SAD “sun lamps” that provide relief from a lack of sunlight until summer arrives.
If you are an avid gardener you will want to consider wildlife being a part of it. Birds and butterflies are attracted to plantings and can contribute to the pollination of your fruit, as well as being a delightful part of your enjoyment. Deer too are plentiful so they will pass through and maybe nibble on some of your plantings. There is special deer fencing that is less harmful to deer and elk than those tall wire fences. I was told by a conservation officer a while back that we lose a deer a day to fencing.
Another type of pest is mosquitos. Some areas of this valley are more prone to mosquitos. Find out when those peak season are and make allowances for them in your plans. I enjoy Duck Lake for fishing in the fall, winter and spring but not during the summer as their are more mosquitos than I am willing to live with. Those who choose to live in areas with the most mosquitos, such as Duck Lake area, Kuskanook and parts of Boswell and West Creston, plan around the peak seasons. They go out in their yards during the dry sunny times, they have screened in porches, netting and go to other places during those time. It really isn't that long of a season. The attributes of living in these locations make up for those times when mosquitos are plentiful.