We’ve lived in our neighborhood for seven years now. The neighborhood itself is now 20 years old, with our house being one of the later ones to be done, coming in at fifteen. As such it’s making the transition from a new neighborhood to an established one.
The economic downturn and the housing market collapse didn’t do many favors. We had a handful of foreclosures and prices suffered around 30-40%, which matched the entire region. Luckily, things have bounced back over the past couple of years.
A current (outgoing) board member planted the seed recently that I should consider joining the board. I stay in contact with the board, inquiring about things going on around the neighborhood, and have also pointed out various things and made suggestions.