"Who are the people in your neighborhood?"

By
Real Estate Agent with Beyond Homes Realty

A couple of years ago, I walked across the cul de sac to ask a neighbor a question.  Her daughter was on the step and I asked "Is your mother home?"  Where upon she said "Who are you?"  It was then I knew I really blew it.  We have lived in one of the original homes built in a small Tonka Bay, MN neighborhood for 22 years and I did not know the name of my neighbor's child.  Good grief.  Just too busy to sit up and take notice of who was living across from me in the last few years.  There in lies the problem.

Since then, I now know Merideth, and her big sister Megan.  I am having such a good time paying attention.  When one of the girls takes another neighbors dog for a walk, and I happen to see them, my head is out the door with a holler, "Hi, Meredith (or Megan).  The whole point of this being present and showing up for one's life.

Last Friday night our neighbors held their annual couples wine and cheese party/dinner. The people who showed up, many of whom are long time residents, have so many historical stories to tell about the "West Point" neighborhood.  It is my hope to share some of their stories here...... to be continued.

 

Comments (6)

Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Loretta,

You are so right, I think it happens everywhere. In my neighborhood (like many) we have attached garages w/openers. It seems like so many people drive in the garage, close the door and that's it. Fortunately for me, I'm also an original owner.  I've had some of the same neighbors for 30 years. In the beginning when everyone is new, you're eager to meet each other. Afterwards it seems to change.

Glad to hear you've made progress in your neighborhood.

 

Jul 03, 2007 08:13 AM
Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser

 Hi Loretta, Welcome to Active Rain :) 

Here is a big pat on the back for noticing something you'd like to change, doing it and reaping the rewards :)  Knowing their names and saying hi is a great way to build relationships, but also a great way to make every single person feel important, something we all have an innate desire for. :))

Welcome to the AR club Loretta.. looking forward to hearing some more stories. :))

later gator..

Jul 03, 2007 08:14 AM
John Mayne
Coldwell Banker Previews International - Hermosa Beach, CA

I feel your pain!!

Seriously, I've lived in the same location for nearly eight years, and know very few of my neighbors!  And to compound the offense, it's an area teaming with renters, i.e., future BUYERS!

I've relied on my sites and referrals for too long... perhaps some door knocking is in order.  Thanks for opening my eyes and sllowing me to fess up!  Have a safe and Happy Fourth! 

 

Jul 03, 2007 08:25 AM
SHAUN WREN
LICENSE IS NOT PLACED - Lakeland, FL

I think neighborhood Bar B-Ques are a great way to meet the neighbors.

Jul 03, 2007 08:44 AM
Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser
I didn't mention it before, but when we got slammed with 2 hurricanes that were 3 weeks apart, we got to meet all the neighbors... with extension cords in hand :)  can i borrow some electricity mr. generator owner?
Jul 03, 2007 09:49 AM
Todd Murphy
Fitts Agency - Tuscaloosa, AL
We started a supper club in our neighborhood and that was a great way to meet the neighbors.
Jul 03, 2007 11:31 AM