Hooray for new neighbors!

By Leca
@lecanis (16664)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
June 4, 2007 7:54pm CST
I live on the second floor of a house that has been turned into two apartments, one upstairs and one downstairs. Last year's downstairs neighbors were loud, threw parties, and drank a lot. The first time they were having a party they were really polite and told us first, but after that they were just loud and obnoxious, with no apologies. They moved out now, and just a couple of days ago the new people moved in. My husband and I had been speculating about them while they were moving in. At first we only saw the woman, but later we heard more voices, including a child. So today my husband ventured downstairs with our one-year-old to introduce himself. It turns out we have two adults and a little boy living downstairs (the boy seems to be about 7). According to my husband, they're not partiers, and he thinks it's going to turn out well. =) Have you ever rejoiced when old neighbors moved out and new ones moved in? Were they as nice as you first thought, or were you disappointed later?
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
5 Jun 07
We'll be pretty happy to get away from our neighbors when we move into our new house this summer. We live in a fourplex and really like the neighbors we have on one side. We will miss them. But the neighbors on the other side are a different story. We had our baby's crib on the wall that his room shared with their house for a while, but moved it because we were afraid something was going to come flying through when they had one of their raging fights. They are generally pretty calm, but every few weeks they get into a raging fight with obscenities being screamed at the top of their lungs (you can actually hear it in the apartment on the other side of ours!) and dishes being broken. I don't even want to know what all they have thrown at each other. We called the base cops once, but by the time they got there, neither of them was home. She left in a fury, and he jumped in the truck and followed her. So the cops thought we were making it up. Oh well. We are buying a house right now, and the house next door is empty. There's an empty lot on the other side, so we should have some peace and quiet, at least for a while.
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• United States
5 Jun 07
Lecanis I have always hated living in apartments, so much of our life was spent in close quarters to neighbors that were far from ideal. I often worried myself if my rowdy boys disturbed through thin walls and did my best to keep to myself and maintain some apartment living manners. I hope these new folks will be kinder and remember that they share the home with another family. If I might, I would leave with a word of advice....You might want to be careful of your Streaking Trips to the laundry room now :))))
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 Jun 07
*giggles* I might want to be careful about that, huh? Thanks for the advice! Living in apartments is hard. My hubby and I were hoping to get a house last year, but after I got pregnant it became an impossiblity because of the amount of time off work I had to take, and the money that got channeled towards baby stuff rather than paying off debt and such. Still, my sweet lil boy is worth all that! And we're hoping still to get a house within the next couple of years.
• United States
5 Jun 07
You will get there, it takes time, We had 2 children before we could buy our first home, and even then the poor thing was a fright. Thats what marriage is, lots of hard work, blood, sweat and tears combined with a common goal.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 Jun 07
*nods* That's a pretty good description there. =p In our case most of what's holding us back is health problems. We both have so many medical bills out there, even with insurance. People always asks me how I can owe so much on medical things with insurance, but even if I just pay a $30 copay and have to go to the doc every couple of weeks, that's $780 just for office visits in a year, not counting medicines and procedures. Darn crappy body. =p
@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
5 Jun 07
Most of the folks in my country live in government flats, I happen to live in one that has one feet thick, cement walls :D I also live on the top most floor, so its the poor souls below that have to suffer my wraith. I never had to deal with noisy neighbors, plus if you're waking folks up after 11pm in my country, you get slapped with a $5000 fine. Hope your new neighbors get along well with you :) (hide the atheme, candles, books, etc till you break them in ya? We don't want to scare them this early do we?)
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@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Yes, a long time ago I lived in apartments. When they have thin walls, it can be a real pain. I do hope the new tenants are as nice as they seem at first meeting and that maybe you can become friends.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 Jun 07
Thanks so much susieq! Living in apartments can be very annoying. I'm pretty happy that where we live now we only have to worry about people in one other apartment, but even that can be frustrating if they are bad neighbors. Hopefully, like you said, these new ones are as nice as they seem. =)
• United States
7 Jun 07
Good for you! It is about time someone gets a break with new neighbors. We got new neighobrs this winter. I have tried to befriend them but they will not speak to me. They had a barbarque and one of my old friends where invited and we stood outside and chatted for a few minutes. Still no "hello or anything from the new neighbors." They are not loud, its just they live next door and spend so much time out front of their home, I would like to speak and chat for a few minutes coming and going but to no avail they will not even say. Hello.
@vivienna (583)
• Venezuela
5 Jun 07
Yes, I also had the good luck to bid farewell to a couple of really horrid neighbors. I didn't mind their three children (about 2,5 and 6 years old) who were yelling and fighting from morning to midnight, but I did mind the rude way the couple yelled to them and also to each other. Finally they left, I think because the woman returned to her mother, taking the children with her. This was about two years after I moved in. Three month later the appartment was rented again, by a couple without children, professionals, very quiet, never saw much of them. I lived in this buildings four tranquil year more. I really wish you may find not only nice neighbors, but perhaps make good friends.
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I definitely rejoiced when the old bat and her evil daughter moved from beneath us. I live in a "dog" building and have 2 boys. When we first moved in, I talked with said witch and told her, if ever we made too much noise, to pop on up and let us know. Well, the witch said ok, and it surely wouldn't be a problem. I listened to this old bat's dog bark day and night. I work nights, so I would put up with constant barking all day long and said nothing. After all, it IS a dog building. Well one day around 8:30pm, my dog was running around the house, and my husband and I hear a strange noise. Couldn't make out where it was from other than a banging sound. Not 5 minutes later, my dog jumped down off my bed and it happened again, except this time we realized it was the witch downstairs "banging" on the roof of her apartment with something as if to tell us to be quiet. I went to the office the next day for something else, but mentioned it to the manager. She said oh yes, she has been here numerous times to complain about your family & kids !! This is the same woman that said she would let me know if there was a problem !!! I have never been so polite to someone in my life. Well Is tarted talking really LOUDLY in my apartment about the witch and she would never look at me in the face again. I was happy to see her go.
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@ma_belle (1357)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I never rejoiced when neighbors moved out, but then again, I've never had horrible neighbors. I do get excited when there are new neighbors though. Especially if they are nice and easy to get along with.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
5 Jun 07
Happy to hear you will be having better neighbors lecanis, probably not as happy as you are but happy for you :) Yes I was very happy to have my one neighbor move. They were "born again christians" who thought my niece was a bad influence on their children because her mother had her out of wedlock. She also listened to devils music because she listened to Britney Spears (this was back in 2000 when Britney was still fairly clean cut). The neighbors father was also nice enough to tell my niece that there was no Santa Clause, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy and to believe in the like was evil. Oh yeah was very happy to see them move.
@balasri (26549)
• India
25 Nov 07
Neighbours can really be a menace.I am living in an apartment of six houses.I am the owner of the top two houses on the top floor.The way one ground floor house maid uses the elevator to reach the terrace is a torture.Every five minutes she bangs the door and shatters our peace into pieces.I am going to throw a party next month as they are leaving.
• Canada
25 Nov 07
Great news lecanis! I can definitely hear where your coming from with this one. When my hubby and I lived at the place we were in before the one we are in now it was a house that was divided into 2 apartments as well. The guy that lived down stairs partied his a$$ off ALL the time. Then on weekends his 4 kids would show up and make a whole bunch of noise so when we got this place we were excited. This place is the same kind of deal only we live downstairs this time. The couple that lived upstairs when we moved in was really nice, they were quiet, and we hardly ever saw them as they both worked out of town for weeks on end. Then last spring the landlord and his wife moved in upstairs. Ugggghhhhh! Talk about a pain in the a$$. The house needs work mostly downstairs where we are, but because they live upstairs the only part being renovated has been upstairs. Kind of sad that I had to put old pillows in between my daughters bedroom windows to keep out the draft when they just got BRAND new windows put in over the summer and their windows were fine to begin with. And the list goes on, I could be here all night hun so I'll stop while I'm ahead! lol. Hopefully these neighbours turn out to be really nice, sweet, and respective! Good Luck! Luv & Hugzz, PurpleTeddyBear.
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
25 Nov 07
Hi lecanis. It was the opposite situation for me. For years, my family have lived in an apartment where we had a very quiet and meticulous neighbor when it comes to cleaning her house. She lived with her brother and a niece. There was only one child and she was my playmate. Sometimes there were days, we wondered if people were still living in the apartment above ours, because it was too quiet. It was a bliss having neighbors like them. Then one day, they just moved out. They said it was time to live in a house they can call their own, and not just an apartment. So, off they went. After a few weeks, the new neighbors came. And it was the beginning of my family's everyday nightmare!They didn't throw any parties but they were loud people. And the footsteps they make...you would think there were elephants living in that apartment instead of people! And if our former neighbors were so keen on having a clean house, oh boy!These new neighbors were the exact, total opposite!Needless to say, they were very irresponsible when it comes to cleaning their house. And to make matters worse, the way they were living, affected even our own apartment. In just 2 months, my father noticed that a part of our ceiling was leaking. And as it turned out, the neighbors upstairs had a broken pipe and they didn't even bother to repair it. As of this moment, my father is the only one who still lives in our old apartment. For my siblings and I are all married now and living in our own houses. And the apartment? It looks like it's ready to collapse, no thanks to the neighbors from hell, who still lives there.
• United States
25 Nov 07
Wow, congrats on the new neighbors. I was actually the new neighbor that moved in. A few years ago me and my hubby and little one moved into a very nice neighborhood. One day out of the blue my neighbors came over and welcomed us. They told me that the ones that lived in my home before was a single man who loved to party and now they are happy that a family moved in. Now their kids have a new playmate and them a new friend to chat with and BBQ helper. They like to have neighborhood BBQ's in the summer time. It was great. But we are no longer in that neighborhood. We moved into one that is very reserve but very quiet. Everyone is nice but not as family oriented as before.
@phnx20 (26)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I still live in apartments and one of the things I have never liked is the loud and obnoxious neighbors. I always try to be considerate about my surroundings so as not to upset others. I just wish others would do the same.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
5 Jun 07
That is great that you got rid of the old loud ones. I hoep for your sake these new neighbours will be quiet and not throw any wild parties. All of our neighbours are fine, so much so that for the most part you don't really notice they are there. I am sure we are the neighbours that they wish would move!