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Old 07-13-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: TX
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Unfortunately, not from my exp. It would be nice to meet folks from the neighborhood. : \ Some developments and HOAs have block parties, which help the group socialize.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Unfortunately, not from my exp. It would be nice to meet folks from the neighborhood. : \ Some developments and HOAs have block parties, which help the group socialize.
I think it would be ideal to have a SO in the neighborhood! Think about it...long distances, heavy traffic, expensive gas, busy, getting older... and both stay in their respective houses to boot! Such arrangement just can't be beaten!
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Jersey in da Citi!!
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I didnt read the thread to its entirety so I hope I dnt sound redundant..but did the neighbors embrace her introduction?
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:07 PM
 
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I think it would be ideal to have a SO in the neighborhood! Think about it...long distances, heavy traffic, expensive gas, busy, getting older... and both stay in their respective houses to boot! Such arrangement just can't be beaten!
You're always so practical, aren't you?

The downside to having an SO in the same dev. is that if you break up, you'd still see him/her around.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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You're always so practical, aren't you?

The downside to having an SO in the same dev. is that if you break up, you'd still see him/her around.
I've thought about this problem as well. They have to live at least a few streets away!
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:16 PM
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Location: Colorado
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When we made an offer on our house we went to the neighbors on either side of our house because I wanted to hear personal accounts on what the neighborhood was like in terms of crime, community atmosphere, etc. We just walked up and rang the doorbells. My husband is very shy so I did all the talking. I introduced myself and my husband as their soon to be next door neighbors and said I was hoping to ask a couple of questions about the neighborhood. The wife on one side was a bit weird - for some reason she misunderstood our questions and somehow got it in her mind that we wanted to know gossip about the previous homeowners who were selling us their house (though her husband came over and introduced himself after we moved in and he was very nice). The couple on the other side are really great and were very helpful. The husband even lent us some tools our first couple of days until we could get ours from the movers and he came over and helped us get our fireplace pilot light on. We met the lady across the street the day of the closing right after we closed on the house. She waved and said hi so we went over and chatted for a bit, introducing ourselves, then my husband and I went inside to check out our new home and do some measuring and make a few preparations for the movers coming the next day. At one point we suddenly heard a strange noise coming from our driveway. We looked out the window from upstairs and what did we see?? It was the kind lady from across the street, shovelling the snow from our driveway! She said she knew the movers were coming the next day (it was a snowy December day) and she figured we didn't have snow shovels yet so she wanted to help out so the movers could get in easier. How nice is that?? We're lucky to have found such a wonderful community!

For the other surrounding neighbors I waited until after we moved in then when we saw them outside we said hello and introduced ourselves.

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Old 07-13-2008, 11:17 PM
 
Location: TX
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I've thought about this problem as well. They have to live at least a few streets away!
Also, you can keep tabs on him. If you saw him at the HOA swimming pool chatting it up w/ some young honey, the outcome wouldn't be pretty.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:24 PM
 
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Also, you can keep tabs on him. If you saw him at the HOA swimming pool chatting it up w/ some young honey, the outcome wouldn't be pretty.
Yeah, that's one aspect I'm not very fond of, either... OK, changed my mind - next-door subdivision!
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:31 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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A friend of mine recently moved and within a few days of putting all her things into the new house pounded on the doors of the five closest homes nearby and introduced herself.

Is this expected now days and if not why? Maybe she should have waited until she saw them outside.
Good lord no. We moved to get AWAY from the neighbors. You start introducing yourself and the first time you want to be alone, they are going to banging on your front door.

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Old 07-13-2008, 11:45 PM
 
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Yeah, that's one aspect I'm not very fond of, either... OK, changed my mind - next-door subdivision!
Just so you can flirt w/ the lifeguard on duty.
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