Feng Shui of a Cul-de-sac

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 sac 2Cul-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 sac1

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.


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6 Comments

  1. Great advice! May i ask you something?

    I have a house viewing for a house that is located in a tranquil cul-de-sac which is set along a private road, behind electric security gates on a private estate. Its a beautiful house and the area is very affluent but i was wondering if its a bit too far from the outside world? You have to drive everywhere as there are no amenities to walk to.
    Minus that, the garden is bigger than the front lot and its perfect.

  2. @Kiki Figuring out if the house is too far from the outside world depends on your perception. What are you looking for in this house? Is it privacy? convenience? How long do you plan to live there? Think about what you want this house to be for your current lifestyle and your future. How often will you venture out? Are you willing to trade time with what it offers? By answering those questions it should help you come to a good decision.

  3. Hi! I’ve just seen this reply. Im a very sociable person and my son will go to school everyday and i to work. The house being in a private place doesn’t bother me because the road it leads off of is quite busy and i do think of it as my “forever home.” It literally has everything i want. Here’s a video of the house and would love if you could tell me what you think:

    https://player.vimeo.com/video/194329444?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&autoplay=1

    • @Kiki, Just watched the video. It’s a gorgeous house and I can now understand what you mean by having everything you want. What you need to ask yourself is if this house will support your life. It’s a big house for just 2 people. With such a large home, it’s good that you’re social. If you invite people over and use the space then it will be good. The house’s form is very traditional. In general, that’s also positive because the form is whole. If you would like a private consultation for further details, please contact me. jenny@asianlifestyledesign.com. Thanks and have a great day.

  4. Hi. So I am looking to rent a home that is on a culdesac street. The street looks like the first illustration you have above. The house is not in the round part; its about 2-4 houses before you get to the round part. The house is beautiful and I would love to secure but wanted to get a better feel for living on a culdesac street since I’ve heard negative things. Thanks for your help!

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