Would you buy a west facing house?

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I'm not posting this in the property section as it doesn't seem that active. I'm just looking for general thoughts and comments.

I'm getting married to an Indian national and will be moving to India in the next year or so. My fiance is currently in India and is looking at a house for us in a particular complex. So he informs me that all the east facing houses are sold and only west facing left. Where I come from the direction of a house is not given much consideration as we have a moderate climate with over cast skies for most of the year.

Now that I'm moving to India I know one of the biggest factors for me in adjusting will be the heat. While I appreciate vastu principles they wouldn't put me off living in a west facing house. What I do want to know is if a west facing house tends to be hotter for the most part of the day with increased a/c costs, or maybe I don't have anything to be concerned about.

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Which city?

Vastu aside, West facing apartments are actually better in some places, for eg Mumbai esp anywhere near the sea because the breeze comes from there.

In other parts of the country North or East facing apartments may be better, also lower floors instead of higher ones...
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This Vaastu thing needs a scams thread of it's own. In the MC&C Forum afaiac.

Just fyi, for what it's worth:
http://www.punditravi.com/vastu_shastra.htm

It may have had it's relevance, but I doubt it applies to today's India, unless of course you have truck loads of money and acres of land.

There was even a horror movie:
Hindi Scary Movie Vaastu Shastra Part...:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj5rFI9twpM

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What's a west facing house?

How do you define "a west facing house"? The entrance is facing west? One or more rooms having windows on the west?

My house has its entrance on the west. Two rooms have windows on the west. Four others don't. Do you call this house "west facing" ?

Also, as capt has rightly asked, what's the location? The rooms with windows on the west can be warmer during the day, the extent depending greatly on the location, the ventilation of the specific rooms, and so on.
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West facing, for an apartment, would mean that most of the apartment is open to the West.
In a city like Bombay where apartments are smaller and common areas more cramped, this may be the only side that is open.
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I'm not familiar with apartments with only one side open. The ones I lived in in India always had two sides open (rarely three), and, come to think of it, I can't usually pick one preferential direction the apartments can be said to be mostly open to. For example, two rooms may be open to the west, while two others may be open to the south, with no openings to the west. There, however, was just one instance (and I consider it a rare occurrence) where the apartment (open to three sides) could be said to have had a preference to the east.

Speaking of independent houses on the other hand, I can't even think of a single preferential direction.

I understand that all of the above may not apply to smaller, cramped places with only one or two rooms where a preferential direction may indeed be possible.
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Very common in Bombay, and in smaller apartments everywhere. In fact, ads in cities are full of North facing and West facing comments as selling points, depending on where. Nothing to do with vastu (there they will write, 'fully vastu compliant', whatever that means)
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Vaastu compliant must surely mean something, like UL rating/compliance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwriters_Laboratories.
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Thanks for all the replies. Very intersting. The location hasn't a sniff of the sea, unfortunately, capt, it's just north of Delhi in Sonipat, Haryana. While it says it's an independent villa it's actually joined on both sides. What we would call independent is a completely single, detached house. Regardsless, the main door is indeed west facing and it has two floors with very large windows. In fact, you could say the entire facade is made of glass. I'm not so bothered if it's less auspicious and I'll face the wrath of the gods, I just don't want to end up like a boiled bunny. Also as it's a joint family I'll need to know which room to bag first
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This type of villas are called "row houses" in India. If the entire facade is made of glass facing west, then it can indeed work like a heat trap, like a greenhouse.
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Thanks Suricate. Yes that's as I feared. Although there seem to be small trees and shrubs planted outside the houses so as they mature and develop I'm wondering if they could offer some shade and protection from the heat.

Here is a link to the house to give you an idea of what I'm referring to

http://www.eldecogroup.com/county-photo25.html
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Getting shade and protection from the heat from trees sounds several years into the future. Even so, if the trees are small as you say, the first floor may not get enough protection. And that is the floor that runs much hotter.

Is it possible for someone to actually check out the sample villa during peak heat in summer (starting about now)? If the sample villa is not west facing, perhaps you should worry why not.
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It looks very nice! And very modern too; is it modern/expensive enough that they used heat-resistant glass? Even if not, I guess adding film is an option, although I don't know how it would stand the years.
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It doesn't seem to mention anything, Nick, about heat resistant glass in the blurb. I have been doing my research, though, found this very interesting article which claims:
"the quantum of heat gain on your west, north-west and south-west facing windows is about 10 to 12 times more than that in any other direction", in reference Delhi NCR latitude.

http://www.betterinteriors.in/storyd...hp?storyid=373

So I'm guessing it's no coincidence that east facing properties would sell out first, vastu aside. Bit like all the best seats at the theatre. You don't want finding yourself stuck behind a pillar except in this case you get stuck for more than one night, and especially if you're shelling out that much money.

On a different note I'm shocked at property prices in Delhi NCR, they're on a par with Ireland now. If only Indian salaries were on the same par
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Quote:
"the quantum of heat gain on your west, north-west and south-west facing windows is about 10 to 12 times more
I don't understand that at all. The sun rises in the East, sets in the West, so how can North-West be so bad? Especially as, seeing as how you would be North (I think) of the tropic of Cancer, the Sun will never be directly overhead, let alone to the north.

I do mean that I don't understand, not that I am saying it is wrong. I'm not very good at this sort of thing, and would appreciate a very simple explanation from someone who understands the movement of heavenly bodies.

Captain? And please leave Miss Pfiffer out of it! We're talking globes here, not...

Oh... when in pit, stop digging!

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