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Monday, June 6, 2011

Choose Your Neighbors Wisely...

If I had my way, (how many times have I said this and no one seems to be calling for my many opinions!)  open houses would include a little block party.   A "get to know your potential neighbors" party, right?
It's one thing to tour the house, peek in the closets, and check the furnace.  Those things are all fine and good.  BUT, what about the neighbors?
When we bought our sweet house, I had no idea who my neighbors would be.  What if they had been creepy?  What if they had enjoyed a yard gnome here and there?  What if they were in a constant state of SERIOUS?
Raising our family could have been a very different atmosphere if we had not shared a backyard with the Kasten's for the past 15 years.  We ping-ponged childbirth for 8 consecutive years.  We each have 2 boys and 2 girls.  Everyone has a built in playdate and a shared treehouse!  (When I say "shared", I mean they paid for it and we "share" it)
I have called on Mama  Kasten for parenting advice, clothing advice, moral advice, gardening advice, "does he need stitches?" advice,  and "Please come look at the back of my leg and tell me it is NOT a varicose vein" advice.
So...calling all real estate agents!  Let's heap one more thing onto your plate- plan some open houses like a block party, with an "Open House, Open Bar" slant.  What say you?

6 comments:

  1. 2 houses right around mine are all for sale, and I'm praying for a bestie. 6 year-old style. Hey--I wonder if we're the reason all the houses are going on the market...

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    1. MOVE HERE! You could join my besties AND be close to your folks!

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    2. Sounds good, although your neighborhood is a wee bit out of our price range. Plus we'd bring our kids with us, and they might become known as "those sullivan boys."

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    3. You would be on easy street because the neighbors are tired of saying "those Rossow boys."

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  2. Love this idea! We were very fortunate to be introduced to many of our neighbors (by the owners selling the house on their own) when we first moved to Savoy. It made the deal for us. I had a couple friends in our current neighborhood in Champaign so I found out a bit about the neighbors prior to buying the house, but I wasn't prepared for the joy of such sweet and thoughtful people in our lives. The neighbors keep us in this big old house with no A/C when the temps are in the 90's and above and job offers stream in from lovely California.

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    1. Yup, sounds familiar. The woman in this shot lives directly behind us and we fenced in our yards- it's the Rossow/Kasten compound! Our lives and the childrearing experience would have been far different without this family.

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