A cul-de-sac is a dead end street, often with a circular turnaround. As a feng shui consultant, I’m often asked whether a cul-de-sac is good or bad feng shui, as there seems to be much confusion on this topic.
Cul-de-sacs come in a range of sizes and shapes. Most often the main concern is the home that is directly in line with the road. The flow of energy from the cars driving into the cul-de-sac is directed at this home.
But, common sense tells us that when driving into a dead end street, we automatically slow down. Furthermore, cars must follow the road along the curve. Therefore, the impact toward the house is greatly lessened. So, there is really nothing to worry about in this scenario. If you find that you are in line with the cars and feel vulnerable, you can remedy the situation. Plant a hedge or tree, or place a low wall between your home and the road. By creating a barrier it will slow down the driver as well as protect you.
When we were a young family with small children, the cul-de-sac was a sense of comfort for me. The following image is the general shape of the cul-de-sac in front of our old house. This dead end with a cluster of six homes was a safe area that just a few families shared. With such a limited number of homes, we knew that only a few cars would need access to this street. We felt comfortable enough for our children to use the space throughout their childhood. It truly was a safe playground. They rode their bikes, played baseball without ever breaking anyone’s windows, threw a football, and even tossed around a lacrosse ball in their later years.
Cul-de-sacs can also be a safe haven in other respects. As neighbors, you get to know everyone’s cars. If an unrecognizable car is parked, it’s very noticeable. So, without being nosey, it’s an unspoken way of neighbors looking out for each other.
Also, for criminals a dead end street is not an attractive place to attack. With only one entrance and one exit, crooks are afraid of being cornered. This discourages them. And that can be very reassuring in this day and age.
Now, as we said earlier, cul-de-sacs come in different scales. It can be a small group of four homes to a big circular road with ten homes. The tighter the space, the closer you are to your neighbors. The larger the area, the more privacy you have.
If you really enjoy your privacy, you may want to reconsider a tight cul-de-sac. Keep in mind that because a cul-de-sac is an enclosed area, it’s also a community within itself. When choosing to live there, you must think about whether you are willing to be a considerate and respectful neighbor. The dead end road will be shared daily. And yes, the road is public property. But, because today in many neighborhoods parking has become a premium, sharing the space can create unforeseen tension. I’ve seen many people who become extremely possessive about public parking.
Feng shui is about living in harmony. It’s not only about the energy of a space. Harmony also requires respect for the environment and for others. With an open heart and a harmonious attitude, a cul-de-sac can be a wonderful safe place for a family home.