(Closed) How important is it to know your neighbors?

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: How important is it to know your neighbors?
    Very important (know their kids names when they work and where, have them over etc) : (8 votes)
    14 %
    somewhat important (just be acquaintences talk about the weather for a minute...) : (29 votes)
    52 %
    Not important (wave when you see them and thats it) : (18 votes)
    32 %
    Other (please explain below) :) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    1347 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I do about the same as you… I feel like where I live, people are mostly polite but no one goes out of their way to get to know each other. Maybe it’s different when you live in a house? (We’re currently in an apt building).

    Post # 4
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    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    If you live in a house, I think it’s definitely important to know your neighbors. You may end up not liking them very much (personality clashes, etc.) but as long as you maintain a friendly acquaintanceship with them you will live more peacefully, should any problems arise. 

    Most people on my street get along, but there are some that don’t, and it is very annoying to hear their bickering about each other. For example, they complain about their neighbor’s kids walking on their grass, them cutting the grass and going over the “halfway” point, a bit of snow ending up on their driveway from their neighbor’s driveway, and the list goes on. If you have a friendly relationship with your neighbors, those won’t be “problems” to either party because you respect each other. As well, my dad and our neighbor alternate who mows the lawn (since our lawn is “shared”), and it works out great for both of them since neither of them have to mow the lawn every single week! It is also a pain to find that “middle line” when you’re mowing the lawn, and then the lawn looks silly if it’s not all the same length. 

    Very long opinion, sorry, but I think it is definitely a GOOD idea!

    Post # 5
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    1757 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I definitely think it’s nice to know your neighbors, which is unfortunate as I’m practically pathologically shy when it comes to approaching random people and getting to know them. A few months back, our house was burglarized, and I can’t help but wonder – had we been on friendly terms with our neighbors, would one of them have called the police? Plus, from just a community-building perspective, I think it would be cool to throw a dinner party and have the people next door come on over.

    Post # 6
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    7386 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We know our neighbors that are in the couple houses on either side of us, but not everyone on the street.  I think its important to walk a fine line because its good to know them a little (so they can keep an eye on your house if you go out of town), but not so much that everyone is in eveyones business.  When I was growing up we had a neighbor who always asked where we were going or where we had been- and we were like “we live on the same street, we don’t need to know eachothers every move!”

    Post # 8
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I don’t really think that it’s that important.  We didn’t know our neighbors at our house and it didn’t cause any problems.

    Post # 9
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    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We live in a townhouse so it’s kind of impossible not to get to know the neighbors! But growing up my parents were never friendly with their neighbors, so I don’t think it’s necessarily important.

    Post # 10
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    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We also live in a townhouse and we only ever speak to our neighbors on the one side.  On the other side the guy is a total jerk!  Plays his music really loud, lets trash pile up on his front lawn..its gross!  Some neighbors you just don’t want to deal with!

    Post # 11
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    1763 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We live on a culd-a-sac and know all of our neighbors. In the summer we have fires in our firepits and sit and talk while the kids play. While the weather is nice we are outside with our neighbors just about all the time.

    It’s nice becuase if there were ever an emergency we would feel comfortable going to them and asking for help. We also borrow/share tools with the neighbors so we don’t have to buy stuff all the time.

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have lived in the same house since I was 2 years old and we’ve always known all of the neighbors. I can only think of 3 houses on either side of the street that I don’t “know” who lives there even though I know what they look like/what kind of car they drive. I love that our block has a very neighborly feel to it. When I was in 6th grade on neighor’s house caught on fire and the entire neighboor hood pitched in and rebuilt the house. I have grown up playing with the kids and we’ve all attended each other’s graduations, weddings, baby showers, etc. Now that I’m starting to make a new home with Fiance in a new town 45 minutes away it’s important for me to get to know the neighbors. It’s a slow process but we bake each other goodies at Christmas time, stop and talk when we’re all working in the yard, watch each other’s houses when we’re gone, etc. It’s nice to know that there’s someone else looking out for you when you’re gone.

    Post # 14
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    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    i think it depends on where you live and how permanent it is. i rent in a large city. i know NONE of my neighbors. most folks are kinda stand offish- and we all work odd and long hours. Back when i was at home, we lived in a regular subdivision, so we knew folks in the neighborhood. itw as more permanent. and when i was young and lived in the country, we knew our neighbors even though they were 3 miles a way at least!

    so definately depends on where you live and if you intend on staying there long….

    Post # 15
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    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i like knowing our neighbors. it’s convenient for different things, like if we need someone to get our mail (we always get theirs too), and when we go out of town we know they’re looking after our house. plus, if anything ever happened we know that we could count on them to do things for us, like walk the dog if we were in the hospital or something. plus, i’ve learned around here it’s best to be on people’s good sides. oh, and biggest bonus, we get christmas cookies from the little girl neighbors every year!

    Post # 16
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    1944 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    It just really depends on where you live. We live waaaay out in the country on 5 1/2 acres and our neighbors are not exactly close and honestly only have 2 other house on our road for about 1 mile. Right now, honestly we dont want to know anyone. Enjoying the seclusion.

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