We're curious. We've always been that way.
We like to check out neighborhoods and see what folks are up to. There is always some street we haven't been down recently and we are going to take it. It's a natural curiosity that pays dividends when you are in this business.
I frequently get stopped by folks with questions like... "What's with the new place on Spring Street... is that a restaurant or apartment building?" (it's a house) or "What's the deal with that new house with the pillars by the library?" or "They put up a construction fence in Hobson West... are they tearing that house down?" And while I may not always know the answers, I almost always know what they are talking about. One real estate conversation leads to another....
My wife Lisa frequently participates in the 60 mile Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer walks ... I "get" to do practice walks with her of 12-15 miles. We can cover a lot of ground and like to make it an exploration walk... visiting places we usually only go by car.
But, it's not just our town that we like to explore... we look at houses and neighborhoods everywhere we go... whether it's Maine, Minnesota, Alaska or Italy.
So coming home from dinner at Hugo's Frog Bar in Downtown Naperville (2 miles) could take just a little extra time (7 miles) Our friends discover so much about their town when they are in the car with us. I love to talk about Naperville and show it off (even to other residents) My boy's are usually pretty good about it... but occasionally there is a revolt, a foot stomps and someone says "Not more houses! Can't we just go home?" of course my response: "Don't worry, it's on the way!"