Funny how many of us say that our good neighbors are the ones who are there when we need them and not intrusive when we don't need them. I live in a rural county--outside a small town. One next door neighbor is my 93 year old father-in-law who requires full time care. Sometimes I wish we weren't quite such available neighbors, but mostly it's good to have lived next door to him for the past 12 years. Our neighbors on the other side are AWESOME! We love them. They have a daughter the same age as our two youngest girls and they are the best of friends. The gate between our places is always standing open so that we can go back and forth between places. Our next closest neighbors are across the road from us. They are quiet and friendly, but again, not intrusive. We are really blessed to be surrounded by good country neighbors.
I, too, think it would be fun to have kids and grandkids close, but since the economy is not so good here, it won't likely ever happen. Kids grow up and leave home to go to college and find good jobs. Our closest kids are three hours away and our furthest kids are an 8-hour flight away. Could be worse, I guess. :)
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We have pretty good neighbors but the best neighbors would be at least 1/2 mile away. We'd like more land to make that possible. Maybe having the grown kids next door would be nice.
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I'd love more acreage... we have 1/2 acre right now . Though he is never 'outside' we have a derelict neighbour south of us and young couple w/ baby #1, plus baby #2 on the way to the north. They are good too. We have lived here for 35 years, so not too likely things will change!! I'd love more room, but hubby would just fill it up!!! LOL No, we are just fine here!
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I live in the middle of 5 acres and love it. The one neighbor I have is great. I'd like my grandchildren to live here.
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We have lived in our home for 34 years and dearly love our neighbor to the north. She and I taught school together, before we just happened to buy the house next door. How great is that! The block we live in has a great comradely, we make sure to welcome all new neighbors, and have yearly bbq's and holiday social events. I would love my children to move onto our street. Sandy
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Preferably my kids, after they move out of here. :)
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I also like our current neighbors. They are all really nice and we chat when we have a chance, but we don't impose on each other.
We had a chance to buy a home a few streets down from all of my in-laws, bet we decided not to take it. We just wanted some privacy. The seven minute drive to their house is a good one.
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Our neighbors are just fine. There when you need them, not when you don't.
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I love it where we are right now. We have a small acreage with neighbors that are just interested enough without being intrusive.
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I'd like to have enough land that I wouldn't see or hear any neighbors. If my mother were alive I'd like to have her close.
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My cousin Kris on one side and my sister Marilyn on the other.
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I've lived where I am for about two years, and we don't really know our neighbors. We wave to each other when we see each other, but that's about the extent. Everyone keeps their yards nice, which I like, but i'm glad there is no Neighborhood Association with a bunch of rules to follow. I'd love to have my son and daughter as neighbors.
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Currently I'd keep it just like it is. Have had some great neighbors in the past, and some not so great. All in all, it's been mostly good. Would love to have family a bit closer though not neighbors. Too busy for me. I'm a quiet, peaceful, slow going kinda gal - they aren't. Love them to pieces anyway. We have one neighbor behind us - sweethearts, 600 acre ranch with one lady on it on another side, the Forest Service office on one side, and the Santiam River on the last side. Great way to go.
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I would love to have some of my family closer and I wish my best friend lived right next door. We used to live in the same apartment building, so if I wanted to see her and the kids I just walked down the stairs and around the corner! =)
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I would take the jackrabbits on one side and the muley deer on the other side and maybe the black bears for the backyard neighbors. if I could keep them out of the berries and the garbage can.
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Our property is bordered on the east by the most expensive, exclusive gated community in all of Oregon. Lucky me, huh?
Not really because the name of my exclusive gated community neighbor is Deer Ridge Correctional Institution. Yes, the newest, latest and greatest in state prisons is on the other side of the fence of our farm.
I fought hard for this prison to not be built. After it was totally completed, the state did not have the money to open the Medium security half of the facility.
Who for neighbors?? I had the best in my newly wed days 42 years ago. One day I asked my neighbor lady what would go good with beans. In my house growing up, we never had just beans. My neighbor lady told me that corn bread was good. I said, "That is what my dh said but I don't have money to buy cornmeal." she brought over cornmeal. then she found tomatoes that she and her husband could not possibly eat all of them. Then she baked her husband's favorite cake for him...but they could not possibly eat all of it so we might as well have half of it.
That is just a teeny tiny example of the kind of neighbors they were for many many years. I could fill a book with the good deeds and wonderful things they did with us and for us...as well as loving our babies and teaching them so much. The greatest neighbors ever...already had them. Both are gone now and I gave eulogies at both funerals.
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I'd like to have a family compound with my family... in the area where I lived in Gates...we owned 320 acres and I still think about it.
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I wouldn't change a thing. I have no neighbors on one side and the person who lives on the other side is very protective of all of us on the block and he likes animals as I do. I love my friends and family but where they are ;-)....unless you can persuade Jon Bon Jovi to move in next to me for a little eye candy....lol
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If you could choose who your Neighbors were, who would you choose them to be?
I would choose my daughter and grandkids on 1 side and my best friend on the other.
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