We've just moved in so don't know the neighbours yet, but one side is an older guy who runs a locksmith business from home. He seems pretty quiet so far. Other side is an elderly man, I'd guess 80's? He's very quiet too. Over the back is a couple about our age who I think have a pre-schooler and a young toddler. I haven't seen them yet, but we can hear them playing in the yard. Trying to work up the nerve to go say hello one day!
Our old neighbours were great! Am older semi-retired couple who travelled a lot and treated our DS like a grandson. Every time they went away they'd bring him back gifts and souvenirs. Such lovely people and we'll keep in touch with them.
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18-06-2016 05:25 #11
18-06-2016 05:51 #12
Tell me about your neighbours. ?
We recently moved into a gated community. I wasn't sure about it at first, the area looks kind of snobby and I was worried the neighbours would be a bit that way. I'm pleasantly surprised, they all seems really nice and not snobby at all. I really shouldn't have judged the book by the cover! There are still lots of houses under construction and empty blocks so hoping the people who move in to these places will be just as nice.
There is a middle aged couple next door, retired couple accords the road, two builder brothers next to them and a vacant block behind us. I've seen a mum with 4 young kids down the road too, keeping meaning to introduce myself. Her brood includes newborn twins so I thought she might like a hand every now and again 😁 Lots of kids live down the road and in nearby streets, DSS1 & 2 found all the nearby kids within a few hours of us moving in 😂 Because it's a quiet gated community I think most parents are happy for their kids to play unsupervised around the estate. It's a nice vibe.
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18-06-2016 06:06 #13Senior Member
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- Sydney NSW
We moved in 2 days before xmas. Our street is short with little thru traffic, probably 14 houses all up. There was a street xmas party the night we moved it and everyone was welcoming. Mixed ages. Basically its just awesome. The kids in the street can play out the front. I haven't had a mojito over the fence yet though!!
18-06-2016 06:18 #14
Ohhh I love neighbours - Our apartment in London.
Couple across the hall have a daughter a year older than DS, they are lovely although don't spend a lot of time in London (nor do we), when we have a weekend that lines up and the weather is nice we have champagne in the garden (they are very fancy! And he works for a champagne and fine wine supplier ). We often sign for their packages and vice versa.
Couple upstairs are both doctors and work odd hours, they are REALLY noisy about once or twice a month one night DS woke up and was asking 'whats that noise' and DH told him that some elephants live upstairs and sometimes they are noisy, I was like - you told him what!?! Then a few weeks later they were walking down the communal stairs and DS said 'Mummy, are they the elephant peoples? )
Our landlord lives on the floor above them and she is lovely, seriously she is just an angel. Texts me every few weeks checking in and leaves gifts for DS (her son is 15 and goes to boarding school and only comes home some weekends, I think he goes to their country house or friends houses often and she misses him), cakes and flowers. If we see her at the local shops she gives us all a big hug and if we have any problems she gets tradies around asap. One night we got home from the airport and DS closed the front door while DH stepped out to grab the carseat (literally one step) and DS pushed the door shut saying "bye Daddy", the door locks automatically. DH called me (I was grabbing dinner) and I flipped out and called the landlord who ran down, unlocked the door and told DH off! Haha! I love her.
Older couple downstairs argue almost every night, you can hear it from our bedroom, it is really sad. I feel bad for the woman.
Other flat downstairs is the caretaker of the block, he is Australian! Nice guy, collects rubbish (we leave a bag outside the door every night) every morning, signs for mail if we aren't in, arranges gardening, cleaning etc.
Single older man upstairs across from the docs that we see in the communal garden every now and then
One flat we have no idea.
Across the road there is a lady who is Swedish and her DH is Australian, their DS is the same age as our DS and they go to the same nursery school. They are "our people" and we spend time with them often, almost every day the Mum and their DS with DS and I and on the weekends we often send DS over there to play and have their DS over.
I love living in central London, a 2min walk in any direction and you can go to great coffee shops (not as good an Melbourne ) and within 10 min walk (one literally 1min walk!) multiple playgrounds and parks and be around other families. I never feel isolated (which is a personal fear...).
18-06-2016 08:14 #15
After selling our old house due to neighbours, we landed in a lovely street. We have a family next to us with 2 kids (one is the same age as DS and in the same kindy class). There is a lot of kids moving between houses playing over the weekends.
On the other side is a rental but all tenants have been super quiet and kept to themselves. Currently there's a family with 2 kids who we have a chat with over the fence.
Up the road is an older man who lives with his wife & adult sons - he also babysits his grand daughter while his daughter works. He often comes down and weeds our front yard to get feed for his chickens. We save all our grass clippings for him.
We are so thankful & relieved to have ended up here - it is crazy that you can spend so much $$ on a house or bond/rent and it really is luck as to what sort of neighbours you get!
18-06-2016 08:32 #16
My whole street is on my DHs work complex so we know everyone.
Next to us on one side is a empty house that has been redone as gym for the workers. Next to that is a great couple who have two kids similar ages to mine (their Miss6 and my Mr6 are getting married according to themselves) they are probably our closest friends etc. We plan to do camping holidays and stuff with them when our camper finishes being built.
Other side of us is a (mid 40s?) bloke who looks rough as guts and is as sweet as pie. He spends all his time at home working on his car with the music up (same genre/bands I listen to). He's the type of bloke who will go out of his way for anyone. We are really lucky. There are a handful on the street I clash with but for the most part we are like a big family.
Eg tonight we are doing a party for my youngest who turns 2 in a few weeks (hubby will be away) so we are going to our little amenities set up (a house that is decked out with pool tables and air hockey etc and outside is a massive shed with a telly, bbq, massive pizza oven, swimming pool etc) that's provided for the families here and the whole street will probably wander up at some point.
18-06-2016 09:10 #17
To my left I have a woman in her fifties probably, who lives with her teenage son. She is pleasant to me but I can tell she is super nosey and always knows what's going on.
A few weeks ago my smoke alarms malfunctioned and were going off for a few hours during the day. She managed to track me down at work (despite not knowing my name). And when DS locked me out of the house in the backyard on my first weekend here, she appeared very quickly to offer help, so I rate her stalker/detective skills very highly.
She also can be regularly heard screaming at her son for the most insane things (hasn't cleaned his teeth yet when he's been drinking juice; he took too long to mow the lawn; he revved his car in the driveway) and he's now at the age where he screams back. She's awful to him. He works at the local target and I feel like telling him to hang in there, she must just be stressed etc.
To my right I have a single guy who is basically housebound due to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He's nice but prone to being depressive. He has big ideas and the most amazing backyard, and keeps offering to come round and help me do things in my yard but never follows through. I've been there for tea a couple of times and we sometimes watch some sopranos together. I keep my distance a bit as I think he's very depressed and a little unhinged so I don't have him around to my house ever and DS doesn't spend any time with him.
But we text a bit during the week and it's good to know your neighbours a little, I think, especially in the country. Just in case.
18-06-2016 09:28 #18
We have a pretty long street. To our right is a family: husband, wife, 2.5 year old girl and 3 month old boy. They've lived there for 3 years. I've spoken to the wife once a few weeks ago. We know each other enough to wave but that's it. Directly opposite is a middle aged couple. I think they have a couple of grown kids. She's a teacher at a local primary school. We've spoken a couple if times. She accosted DH in the front yard and kind of forced his hand into inviting her in. She likes to know what's going on.
To our left is a middle aged guy who lives alone. He has a daughter in her early 20s who appears to live with him part time. We sold him our old car after he saw DH taking the number plates off. He's incredibly odd but nice enough.
Our street is mostly families and older couples. We have a police officer who lives alone with his dog. A young couple who are building their own house. An older couple who have their disabled (I think intellectually) son living with them who also works with the dad in their garden maintenance business. A family at the end with a dad who's obsessed with Fords and who I'm on polite smile terms with. It's a quiet and pretty friendly street but we keep to ourselves.
18-06-2016 09:40 #19
We just moved last week. At our old house we had one set of neighbours that seemed weird to me. Never saw them except when he came out of his garage to drop and pick his kids off (we live in a Main Street and on a daily basis he stops traffic to reverse his car in), never heard the kids even though they were primary school age and they randomly had big garbage bags full of something all over their backyard. I would also hate to know what their power bills would be, the aircond never ever gets turned off and is so damn loud.
The other side used to drive me insane. The children constantly cried and cried (3 kids aged between 5 and 10). During daylight savings they would go from never coming outdoors to outside at 6am and still outside screaming still at 8-9pm. They built a pool on our fence line last year, summer was a killer with the kids in the pool crying and screaming. I would probably be fine with them if they were laughing.
Our new neighbours seem very friendly. A few from different houses around the neighbourhood (we have 1 neighbour and 5 houses that back onto our property) have come and introduced themselves.
18-06-2016 09:47 #20Senior Member
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We live in a pretty quiet area. Next door neighbour on one side is a couple with a 5 year old girl. We say hi and chat sometimes. Other side is a couple with a 10ish month old girl. We tend to talk to them more (he is a local real estate agent). We share a back fence with an old couple who are lovely. We share a little back fence with a family we have never seen.
People across the road - rarely see them. Except for when they feed the magpies.
Next to them are a couple with 3 kids. Have never spoken to them. On the other side is the loveliest old couple ever. They are beautiful. I adore them.
Otherwise, there are a few other people we chat to on our walks near our house. Pretty friendly area here (we are right near the local primary school so there are a lot of families/older people).
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