What's your neighbourhood like?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 4
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Sugar bee

My neighbourhood is a mix of old Italian and Portugese ladies and young families.  The houses are mostly detatched 2 storey and bungalow houses.  The houses are pretty old, ours is over 100 years old.  Though probably been through a lot of extensions and additions in that time.  It’s quite close to downtown and has good public transit nearby. 

There are lots of restaurants, and shops in walking distance, and also within walking distance of husbands job.  Overall it’s pretty great. 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Heavily immigrant/poor, VERY bad schools, surprisingly low crime rate!

Great location just outside of Boston.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Extremely expensive (we can only afford to live here because of university-subsidized housing)–and everything is expensive–groceries, toiletries, restaurants, etc. Mainly focused on the university–most people who live here are students and faculty. Ethnically diverse but zero class diversity. Lots of tourist-y things right in the area too! There are always people taking photos on either end of my block.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Very new, mostly move-up homes with some starters and duplexes, 1 townhome and 2 condo developments. I’d bet the oldest house is 4 years old at most.

I drove through this community while we were looking for a place to buy and what sold me was the amount of people out on walks, kids on the playground, teens playing basketball or soccer, people actually being outside and knowing their neighbours.

There are a lot of playgrounds and basketball courts which is nice, and it’s very multicultural with multiple generations living in one house. I have never seen playgrounds, sidewalks, and front balconies get used anywhere as much as in this community. People even get together to play cards on their garage pads, hehe.

There is a greater sense of community here than I’ve found anywhere else in the city and while I’m a bit of an outsider (there are mostly first and second generation Canadians here – mostly Sikh, Hindu and Arab) I still really appreciate it.

Families will actually make up a picnic and take their kids to the playground and chit-chat while the kids play. That almost never happens anywhere else in the city, parks are like little ghost towns elsewhere. The most you might see in other communities in the city is people jogging solo and the odd kid riding his tricycle back and forth in front of his house.

A lot of older couples take nightly walks almost religiously, it’s really sweet. Many don’t talk much, they just quietly and slowly walk side by side. They don’t seem to care where, they’ll walk around an ugly develpment area with nothing but mounds of dirt and piles of construction material and seem perfectly content in doing so.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Rural, rolling hills, fields, woods, streams, corn fields, horses, space to breathe, lots of wildlife, quiet, mix of 1 and 2 level single family homes on 3+ acre lots (no condos or townhomes are allowed), families with kids and empty nesters, expensive (median price is $599k), very neighborly and warm, clean, very safe, great schools, 90% owner occupied, college educated, white collar, no ethnic or racial diversity

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We have low crime but terrible  ( like, the HS has tons of gangs, one of the middle schools had a kid bring a gun to school bad) schools. We will be moving before our kids hit school age. Worst case they go to private school. Our neighborhood is fine but our town is very small ( less than 6K people) and we got absorbed into a really awful school district. Almost all of the parents here send their kids to private schools.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Horrible.  Basically, no one wants to live where I live.  It’s affordable but there’s a lot of negatives like horrible schools and high crime in certain areas.  Top 5 community for auto thefts. Not so horrible is that it’s happily ethnically diverse.  We have a 30/30/30 White/Hispanic/Black population and people seem to live harminously together for the most part.  I don’t see any racially motivated crime, but I see a lot of lower income related crime.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

It’s full of a mix of trust fund hipsters and older, pre-gentrification people. Our street is actually divided with a fence between our houses (built in the 1960s) and new houses (built in the early 2000s). On our section of the street, half of us own our houses and the other half are rental properties.

Our area of town is really odd because of the recent gentrification. When we moved here a little over three years ago, it was still kind of a shitty part of town, but it’s become wildly popular since then. The schools are apparently improving, so they should be pretty good when we have children old enough to use the schools, and the area’s generally pretty nice — there are lots of green spaces, it’s pretty bike-friendly, and it’s super dog friendly because of the aforementioned 20-somethings hipsters who have dogs instead of children (we’re anti-hipster but still have the dog children, heh).

I really like our area a lot.

Except for the hipsters.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We have the luxury of being older; which allows us to think selfishly, since the kids are grown and gone, and there WILL NOT be anymore! Our neighborhood is reasonably close to retail (the market, hardware store, Wal-Mart) and is made up of estate-sized lots. Most of the homes are <10 years old.  Not many kids (TG) and not a lot of traffic. We bought a short-sale, and bought for a steal!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I live in a suburban community, it’s fairly upscale and higher priced. Oldest homes are 2005

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I live in a cul-de-sac, it is a nice neighbourhood.  Our neighbourhood has a lot of children.  Very little traffic on our street.  Quiet area.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

 To @turnanewleaf:  your description leaves me confused in so much as your WBee Profile says “The Arctic”… your words don’t match my overall general info that I have on the places in Canada’s North.  So maybe you could elaborate (guessing that perhaps you live elsewhere but are planning to marry in “the Arctic”)

 

 

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Our neighborhood is a new subdivision and there are new houses being built everyday. nice homes….like 1500 soft…restrictions. mostly families with kids…older ppl…40+. It is out in the boonies…county instead of city. we have to drive 20 or so to get to heb or other stores. it’s really nice and quiet out here and we can see all the stars since there are no lights. outside out subdivision there are houses on 1-5+ acres. ppl have chickens and roosters outside our neighborhood and even goats…horses…cows and a donkey.

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