The Worst Part About Living In A Neighborhood Is The Neighbors

We bought our house in 2007.  Since then, just like in most places, the value of the house has declined quite a bit, to the point where the 20% we put down, thinking it would be a safe cushion, has been erased.  It sucks seeing that much money just up and vanished, but at the same point, I love our house.  I love the inside, I love the yard, the deck, I love our bedroom and just knowing that we have somewhere safe for all of us to be.

We bought a house in a nice suburban neighborhood.  It’s in a nice city.  It’s not the ritziest neighborhood nor is it in the ritziest city, but I’d classify it as respectable.

With that type of neighborhood, it still flabbergasts me at some of the things you see from the neighbors.

For example:

  • The neighbor across the street has gotten on a ‘cut the grass once every three weeks, whether it needs it or not’ schedule (and it needs it)
  • The neighbor behind us planted three pine tree type bushes in the back of the yard after we put up the swing set for Little Boy Beagle.  We’ve never really talked to this neighbor, but she has a lot of little yappy dogs (I think six at last count) that love to bark whenever they see anybody in their own yard….or in an adjacent yard.  So, when the swing set went up, she probably figured that the dogs would be going extra crazy any time anybody was near it.  Great thought and I was actually happy for the additional privacy (at no cost) but two of the trees promptly died.  Did she think about watering them or even seeing if they would grow in the soil / sunlight / water / weather conditions?  It’ll be interesting to see when/if these trees get removed or replaced.
  • Another neighbor on the street has teenage kids.  No problem there.  But the kids have friends that come over all the time that park cars on the street in front of other people’s houses, and to top it off, the cars leak oil.  Apparently they did manage to park in the driveway a couple of times, because there’s oil spots there too.  So their driveway and the street in front of the neighbor’s house are now trashy looking.

We don’t have the best or the worst looking house and yard on the block.  Still, we do try to keep up the basics.  My thought is if you took the initiative to buy a house that has a yard, it’s your responsibility to at least keep it up.  It amazes me that people will take the biggest asset that they have and not keep it up properly or let elements of it turn trashy.

I guess I can’t fathom the logic in that.

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2 thoughts on “The Worst Part About Living In A Neighborhood Is The Neighbors

  1. Sounds like your neighbours are ok. My neighbours retaining wall is collapsing into my yard and they told me they don't have the money to fix it!!! and to go f&8k myself! I tried to get the concil to make it but no luck. Long lawns and people parking on the street sounds like a delightful street

  2. I feel your pain. We live in a very nice town, a "suburb" of Lansing. We do live on a busy street, but it helps that the baby LOVES the outside and watching all the cars go by – helps to calm him down when he is upset. However "neighbor" to the east of us was a home bought by "we buy ugly homes," was partly fixed up, but not even on the market now. Grass is mowed maybe once a month or so. Was a cute house 5 years ago, but not much now. Neighbors on the west side – hate to say it, but not the cream of the crop. Use to be just the mom and daughter. But now the daughter has a boyfriend that lives there with a rusty, beat up old truck that's loud (in addition to the loud music), an alarm that goes off TONS of times (don't know why on on a rusty old truck with the windows always open anyway), "peeling" in and out of the driveway and ungodly speeds which is totally unnecessary, and friends that seem a little seedy. Maybe I'm getting too "old" to witness that crowd? LOL. Maybe because I'm a mom now.

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