ADVERSE IMPACTS OF THE WASHINGTON BELTWAY ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY VALUES

This paper presents the results of a study conducted to determine whether the behavior over time of the transaction values of properties located near I-495 (the Washington Beltway) was significantly different from the behavior of the values of properties not in such proximity. The study are was North Springfield, Virginia, where properties abutting I-495 decreased in value in 1970 by an average of $1,518, while increased regional accessibility provided by the highway accounted for an increase of $2,950 in the an increase in value of $1,432 based on 1970 data. The years selected for study were 1962, the first full year in which the portion of I-495 bisecting North Springfield was opened to traffic, and 1972. Two conclusions from the study were (1) North Springfield residential properties located in proximity to I-495 show a tendency to increase in value at a rate significantly less than those more distant from the highway; and (2) the most recent year for which the above phenomenon may be statistically validated is 1970. A description of the research methodology is included in the paper.

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    University of Wisconsin Press

    Journals Department 129, Box 1379
    Madison, WI  USA  53701
  • Authors:
    • Langley Jr, C J
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 54-65
  • Serial:
    • Land Economics
    • Volume: 52
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
    • ISSN: 0023-7639

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  • Accession Number: 00131052
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM