If you’ve ever wondered “what is a flag lot?,” we’ve got the answer for you here.
A flag lot is a real estate term that describes a land parcel that lies at the end of a long driveway. A flag lot may lie behind residences, buildings, or open land, and it is usually not visible from a road. Owning a lot that has no road frontage may give you privacy, but it may have some drawbacks as well.
Legal restrictions in some jurisdictions require you to have more road frontage than a narrow driveway provides if you plan to build on the lot. When surveyors had no access to scientific measuring devices, mistakes were more likely to be made when creating a flag lot than they are today. For example, lots that were surveyed from a point to the north may not precisely join those surveyed from a point to the south. A property with a 15-foot hiatus separating it from a neighbors’ property could require legal action to resolve the issue.
If you’re thinking about buying a flag lot, make sure to consider the pros and cons that come with it.
• No noise or gas fumes from traffic
• A price that is usually lower than the price for a lot that has road frontage
• A lack of control over the use of the property in front of yours
• Driveway maintenance in the winter
• Difficulties faced by emergency vehicles in finding or accessing your property
Make sure to find out if restrictions apply in your area before making a purchase. Contact your county’s zoning/land use department to make sure that you can do what you want with your flag lot.
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