Dear PoPville – Question about Living on Sherman Ave

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking at a rowhouse to rent at Sherman and Irving. It’s a crazy good deal so I don’t want to miss the opportunity. I don’t live in the neighborhood now but love it and go out with friends who are there regularly.

My question is this: the bedroom faces Sherman and I’m a super light sleeper. Do you think I’ll be kept up all night with noise from Sherman?

Any insights would be super helpful. Thank you so much!!”

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  • If you’re a light sleeper, I wouldn’t recommend it. I live on a similiarly busy street and you can definitely hear the cars driving by, which they do at all hours of the night. I’d guess the reason it’s such a good deal is that it’s at the corner of two busy streets and the traffic noise is a noticable issue.

    • Agreed. I live on a “quiet” street that is nowhere near as busy as Sherman and am a very light sleeper. It’s bad.

  • gotryit

    Sherman seems pretty quiet to me. I used to sleep fine living just off Georgia Ave near there, so I guess I’m not a light sleeper.

  • Depends on the intersection. If you’re near Harvard, expect ambulances rushing to Washington Hospital Center.
    I learned that one the hard way.

  • White noise machines to a long way for light sleepers in the city. In my opinion, anyway.

  • There’s a fairly large firehouse and EMS dispatch center at Sherman & Euclid. Something to consider.

  • Sherman is relatively quiet but it does boast a fire station and is a main route for ambulances, police, etc. If you are a very light sleeper, that will be a problem for you. Regular traffic isn’t much of a problem.

  • I live right around the corner on Irving. Couple of things: 1) there is heavy traffic on Sherman during rush hour but it’s pretty light at other times 2) there is a fire station on Sherman (just South of Euclid) and ambulances frequently use Irving to get to the hospital 3) there isn’t a ton of late-night-reveler foot traffic (or really any foot traffic in general) on Sherman, so that’s not a big concern 4) all of these concerns can be mitigated if you are able to sleep in the bedroom at the rear of the rowhouse 🙂

    • Agreed, you can always try the room facing the street but if the noise level bothers you just use the back bedroom. If you like the neighborhood and the price is right, you gotta have some give and take.

      • Comeon, how is this helpful? If they could sleep in a room at the back of the house, I’m sure they would have though of this.

  • you’d be surprised at how quickily you’d adjust to it. I had a similar issue when I moved a few years back and over time it became largely unnoticeable.

    Even “quiet” blocks are only as quiet as the residents, their guests, and other people using the public street. I’d take a busier street with ok neighbors over a house on a quiet street next to one full of bros who party on weekends.

    • Agree. Our house and bedroom faces 13th and when we first moved in I thought, I my god, what have we done, I will never sleep again. But within a couple of months I didn’t notice it anymore.

      I also tried to trick myself into believing that the sound of traffic was an awful lot like the sound of ocean waves.

      Noise machines can also do wonders.

  • My bedroom faces Columbia and the traffic noise doesn’t wake me, unless I have my window open. It used to , but humans are very adaptable. I have friends who live under the approach to JFK airport and no longer notice the widebody jets overhead every two minutes.

    It’s a really fun neighborhood here, too. I think you should take it.

  • When we bought our house, it never occurred to me how traffic at night would impact my sleep. I was sick with regret our first week, unable to sleep because of the noise. Then I got used to it and haven’t give it another thought. Some heavy drapes helped, but honestly my husband even opens the window most night and I never even notice.

  • People have mentioned this elsewhere in the thread, but I lived for a summer on sherman and gerrard (near the light) and there were MANY fire trucks and ambulances going from the nearby firestation and/or to the hospital. I’m not a light sleeper but it really woke me up constnatly. Parituclarly when they would honk loudly as they went through the red light. If your place has better windows and general insulation maybe it wouldn’t be an issue… but it was for me.

  • I lived at the intersection of Harvard and Sherman for about 3 years. Harvard is a main road for ambulances so it DOES get really noisy, including early in the morning and late at night (I was also living on the ground floor). Sherman by and large is a sort of busy street, not a lot of pedestrian noise but the general level of noise associated with a semi-major road in a major US city should be expected.

  • Hmmm. I think you have to take care of yourself. Is it really such a “crazy good” deal if you can’t go home and get the rest you need? There’s wisdom in the words of the contributors today, and I would take them seriously.

  • I used to live literally on the NW corner of Irving and Sherman and I promise you it’s loud as hell. (Didn’t bother me – I loved living here. But sirens especially, from the fire station and ambulances going to WHC.)

  • What’s the address? I need a good place ASAP, don’t.mind the noise, and have good references/credit. Thanks in advance.

  • Live on Sherman in between Columbia and Harvard. It does get loud from the ambulances, fire station and police. (Route to Washington Hospital Center runs down Harvard, fire station down at Euclid and police substation up at Park.) I consider myself a light sleeper, but I can acclimate to sounds after time — I once lived in the flight path to LaGuardia in Queens; that is loud. Most of the noise occurs in the rush hours, but you also get ambulances going past regularly. I grew up listening to the DC sirens, so I learned to tune them out years ago. It really depends on what you think you can get used to.

  • earplugs…

  • I live on Irving between 11th and Sherman, and I think you would be fine. The noisiest part about living in the area is the fire trucks and ambulances, which go by pretty regularly. But there isn’t much street noise at night.

  • I lived at the corner of Irving and Sherman NW, and I can tell you, without a doubt, you’ll hear a ton of ridiculous, especially in the summer when the schools are no longer in session. I could hear the in-house arguments from the families across the street. I could hear police and SWAT busts. I could hear everything. And my house was recently renovated at the time, which was exactly 4 years ago. I moved 5 blocks west on Irving, and I haven’t looked back.

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