The Ideal Direction for Your Home: North or South-Facing?

Posted on April 7th, 2012

There are so many things to consider when buying a home – location, type of home, living area, move-right-in or fix-it-up, lot size and utility, condition…  I could go on and on. But instead of doing so, here’s another one for you. Does it matter if your new house is north or south-facing? Is this a priority for you? Or does it not matter in the slightest?

As a real estate practitioner, I often see buyers get out their compasses, which are now readily available on iphones, to determine this for themselves. The direction a home faces is something buyers want to know.  This is evident on the new MLS listing sheet which now asks the listing agent to include which direction the home faces – south, southeast, north, northwest,etc.  So it is something many buyers consider, but does it enter into their final decision to buy a certain home or prevent them from buying one?

I usually consider the differentiation of how a home faces from a sunlight perspective. Typically a south-facing home gets sun for most of the day, especially at the front of the house, and is therefore usually brighter and warmer. A north-facing home gets sun at the back of the house and is typically darker and naturally cooler than a south-facing one. I live in a north-facing home, and I love the sun I get in my bedroom, which is at the back of the house.  But I do wish I had some more sunlight at the front of my house, particularly in my foyer.  And so I have always thought that a south-facing home was the preferred direction of a home.

This makes sense given the towns of Weston, Wellesley and Wayland (as well as the surrounding towns) in which we live where our winter days are darker and colder.  Of course south-facing would be preferred.  We want the sun to shine into our homes and light as well as warm the house for as long as possible. But in Texas, for example, where the sun shines more and the days are longer and hotter, maybe this is not the case?  Perhaps a north-facing house is preferred so that the home stays cooler longer. Sun shining into a house all day in a hot climate can be problematic – not to mention that sun beating down on a house for most of the day can result in significant wear and tear (on the paint especially).

And then there’s the whole concept of Vastu Shastra, which according to Wikipedia is “an ancient doctrine which consists of … how the laws of nature affect human dwellings. The designs are based on directional alignments….  [It] is concerned primarily with architecture – building houses, forts, temples, apartments and other buildings.” As attests, ”A house which is constructed keeping vastu principles in mind drives the negative energy and instead brings peace, success, supreme powers, holiness and opulence to the dwellers residing in the house.”  According to, “It is said that north-facing* homes attract a wide range of positive energy into the house. This positive energy not only creates healthy vibrations but also ensures the prosperity of the people living in such plots.” summarizes by stating, “The north and east facing house is considered to be better when compared to one facing west or south. However such faults can be rectified with the help of vastu remedies.” This is very interesting because it presents a different perspective about the preference for which direction a home should face – at least different from the south-facing preference to which that I had always subscribed. The bottom line and the good news, however, is that whichever way the house is facing, it can be remedied if it is not allowing positive energy into your home.

So what are your thoughts on this subject? Have you heard of the the vastu principles?  What is your preference for the way a home faces?  And when buying a new home, would the way it faces be something you would consider or not at all?  I can’t wait to hear….

* Vastu Shastra also considers other facets of the house, including the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms, and recommends the ideal positioning and directional alignment for these areas.
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24 Responses to “The Ideal Direction for Your Home: North or South-Facing?”





  3. Shakila Syed

    Mr.Thamban Nair,
    South-east facing will be the best rather than northwest facing, since south,east and southeast facing houses prosper more wealth and peace with good health to all family members when compared with other facing directions. But you need to check your kua number which literally show you the exact facing direction of your property.

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  5. ch givubd rai

    I am proposing to purchase a flat. The face of the plot is east. A road is coming towards the plot from east. a road infront of the plot parallel to the plot is north south direction. the minor part of the plot is towards north side and major towards south side of the it s good facing. kindly advise

  6. John

    I’ve also noticed that the driveway of the South facing home gets more sunlight in the winter thus leading to faster melting of ice and snow. Something to consider in Northern climates.

  7. Maynard Sulser

    This may not be the best place to ask this, but I’d like to find out if I can have a short sale and I have no idea how to find a professional listing realtor… do you know anything about this realtor? They’re based out of Fair Oaks, CA near my office and I can’t find reviews on them – Becky Lund & Associates, 8814 Madison Ave Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 531-7124.

  8. Megha

    I am first time buyer and planing to buy east facing house, what are the pros and corns of it?


    i like a flat south facing but many person tell me south facing is not can i purches this flat pleas suggest me

  10. Tara

    For me – it’s more that I want the majority of windows facing south. So depending on the layout of the house, that would be front or back. I want as much sunlight inside as possible.

  11. Parveen

    My house is south facing and two side open but i made the enterance gate at East Side. my bed room are in south east is it O.K.

  12. Lisa Curlett

    Thanks so much for your comments….

  13. Indriyani

    I am not sure how to calculate my kua number.
    I have purchased a home which the main door faces north.
    It is a double story home. A corner lot.
    The stairs are on the west of the in the south east.
    How do I know if any remedies are needed?

  14. Midknight

    If you live in the hot and humid southeast you think in terms of shade and air conditioning above all else.

  15. kgb

    what is vastu? in india,tamilnadu, N-E is the full Rain & air flow, so this is the idea behind. think ur house falls full air flow in all time that is ok.

  16. Veena


    I am Planning to purchase a flat. The Land/site is south facing and the main entrance is northeast.

    It is ideal to purchase it. Please suggest

  17. Glenda

    I am purchasing a flat or ranch style home that will face directly East. I live in an area where it gets cold and snow in the winter. Should I reconsider or is this a good direction?

  18. yo eddie

    South or East facing in the Northeast. Trust me, you’ll thank me come winter time when it snows. Makes sense in summer time too as you’ll get less sunlight in your backyard which will make your dinner outdoors that much cooler in the uncomfortable summer heat/humidity. If I ever get another home in the future in the NYC area, this is what a getting. Shoveling snow and clearing your drive every few hours is quite a chore. I don’t mind shoveling but keeping the drive free of ice is really, really bad.

  19. Lisa Curlett

    Hi Glenda:

    Each direction has its pros and cons, and so do the characteristics of each house. I would weigh all of the pros and cons together and determine if the house is ultimately the right choice for you that way. Best of luck.


  20. Anoop Sharma

    Dear,i want to buy a i want to know that which is the best facing direction of the land. i think it should be east facing direction. but i am not able to find east facing plot. so kindly suggest me what to do

  21. Divya

    Please tell me Pros and cons of south phasing.

  22. Todd

    Very interesting topic, but I’d like to add something. I live in Brazil well below the equator, and here it is just the opposite. North-facing direction has the most sun! So, it depends on which hemisphere you are. Regards to all!

  23. Lisa Curlett

    Thanks for your comment, Todd! That’s great perspective!

  24. Lisa Curlett

    Awesome point! Thanks for sharing…..

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