How well do you know your neighbours?
June 25, 2010 5:53am CST
In the street where I live, the people are really friendly...we are getting to be good friends with the bloke who lives across the road, we knew our neighbour from next door who owned the house as a holiday house & oue new neighbour who bought the house introduced himself to us when he bought it (he's a young real estate agent)...we also know a few of the people who live a few doors down on the other side of the street...one of those people have just sold their house so we will have new people in the street...I don't know the neighbours on the other side of us but we always say hello if we're all out the front....we have 4 houses across the road from us that are holiday houses so it's hard to get to know the neighbours when it's usually rented out for the weekend or week by different people. What about you? Do you know your neighbours?
• Gold Coast, Australia
26 Jun 10
I have lived in areas before that were full of holiday houses and it was hard to get to know them, but as I was renting back then and fairly transient myself, it was not an issue for me to get to know them. After we bought here in 2001, we steadily got to know everyone in the surrounding houses and it was quite good for a number of years. We would visit the neighbour across the road regularly and he would also come over to our house lots. When we started our business and needed more storage space, he let us use a spare room in his house and gave us the keys and everything. Our kids would played with the kids next door and the house next to them everything was rosy for years until over the last year, the 3 people in the houses opposite ours and one next to ours moved out. One has not been replaced yet as the new owners bought the house to renovate and are currently re-selling it, but the people in the other houses that moved in are renters and horrible. Their kids are nasty, they are noisy and are always yelling and swearing at the top of their lungs. Our quiet friendly street has turned unpleasant, which is one of the reasons why we too are moving on.
27 Jun 10
I thought that may have been one of the reasons why you were moving as I remember you saying something like that before...We normally rent the same house for 12 months or more so we get to know the neighbours & the past 3 neighbourhoods including where I live now have all been friendly.
• Gold Coast, Australia
27 Jun 10
That is good that your neighbourhoods have all been friendly. You never know what you will be getting a lot of the time when renting. One place that we rented in Melbourne seemed very quiet when we first looked at the house, but after we moved in, we discovered that the next door neighbours were those types of people that you see on A Current Affair. The house was that bad when they were finally evicted that the house had to be completely gutted inside and rebuilt. The poor old lady that owned it was absolutely devastated. They had contacted and then painted over massive holes in the walls, there were wrecked stolen cars and shopping trolleys in the backyard and parts of the house had been burned. There was rubbish everywhere in the home and it had become a haven for rats. After the house started getting worked on, the rats all came into our place, it was horrible.