What makes a neighborhood?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

NeighborhoodHave you ever thought what makes a neighborhood? I've pondered this lately looking at small pocket neighborhoods, mid sized neighborhoods, and those gargantuan Master Planned Communities with golf courses and swim parks.

I recall from yesteryear what made a neighborhood didn't seem so confusing as today. A neighborhood surely has its demographics whether it be baby boomers raising their kids, the Active Adult retirement areas, the Empty Nester neighborhood or condo association, etc. But neighborhoods essentially come down to people. People getting along with each other and perhaps with block parties, Bunco games, or Fall and Spring festivals getting to know each other a little better as people outside their work lives.

Used to be a neighborhood was just a collection of your junior high friends around the corner that you saw each morning at the bus stop. The world has changed in terms of neighborhoods with front porches turning into backyard patios and decks. Climbing trees and running to come into dinner before it got dark has turned into staying inside for too long playing video games on the big screen TVs.

I'm all for embracing change but sometimes I think the community of the past with squealy kids on swingsets was not such a bad place to live. How's your neighborhood these days?

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Todd and Danielle Millar
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I have lived in two neighbourhoods over the last 8 years and they couldn't have been more different. The first was modern and lots of apartments not much neighbourhood spirit, the second older established neighbourhood we do so much together - summer barbeques, block parties, kids events. What a difference!
Nov 25, 2007 12:53 PM #1
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Gary,

Most of our communites (built since mid-70's) are the type you describe, very conforming, neighborhood tennis/pools that sort of thing, cookie-cutter homes for the most part.

 

Nov 25, 2007 01:22 PM #2
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Boston, MA

My neighborhood growing up helped to shape who I am today.  I remember how we used to run out the back door and just yell.... 'see you later'.  We'd bike to our friends houses and spend the day playing with the neighbors.  Now its phone calls to set up play dates. 

Nov 25, 2007 10:13 PM #3
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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It's interesting how some of what we thought of neighborhoods aren't as easily found nowadays. Like the front porch architecture disappearing in newer subdivisions, although I have seen it come back in some home styles. What's funny about a lot of the community pools is many people want to build their own pool and don't want to "share" with the others at the community center.
Nov 25, 2007 11:48 PM #4
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Tom Plant
WINEormous.com - Murrieta, CA
Gary - Times definitely have changed, but I'm happy to say in my neighborhood I see kids riding their bikes and skateboards, playing basketball, etc. There's usually a pretty good crowd at the local parks, too.
Nov 26, 2007 12:29 AM #5
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Vicki Vannoy
Vicki Vannoy -- Virtual Assistant - Coupeville, WA
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Hi Gary,

We must have grown up in the same era.  Reading your post, I remember walking to school with friends, playing hopscotch and jump rope, and hearing mothers calling us to come in for dinner.  We didn't need interactive video games to encourage us to exercise.  Dads played softball with the kids on the block and Mom was my tennis partner.

I've lived in crowded neighborhoods since then where people pass each other on the sidewalk without saying a word.  Today, I live on Whidbey Island where everyone says hello and waves whether they know you or not.  You don't have to be afraid of talking to strangers here and I hope that's one thing that never changes!

Nov 26, 2007 12:35 AM #6
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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Gary, I LOVE my neighborhood!  We are a fairly small subdivision by Houston standards about 300 homes.  When my kids were growing up I knew that they were somewhere within the subdivision as there was no place else to go as there was only one way in and out.  Those days are over a golf course community opened behind us and now there are several ways in and out but we are still the small subdivision you drive through to get to the golf course community and they now have several other ways to get in and out.  Our HOA has had problems in the past but is now very active and working very functionally for our small community.  I'm one happy home owner.
Nov 26, 2007 05:47 AM #7
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