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How Much Do You Care About Your Neighbors?

I was hardly surprised to read that neighbors who live near The Hills house in Los Angeles are pretty annoyed about the ever-present reality show commotion. With the TV crews, paparazzi, and drive-by sightseers, the once-quiet block has transformed into a modern media circus, so it's understandable that the neighbors would get peeved.

Whether you live in a house or an apartment building, neighbors are always a minor or major consideration, depending on how considerate you are. Since I live in a multiunit building, I try to respect the close quarters and stay relatively quiet in my day-to-day activities. My general philosophy is, if I keep a low profile most of the time, the neighbors will understand if it gets a little loud from time to time when I have people over. If you live in a party house, you've probably come up with different ways to deal with neighbors. Maybe you ignore them all together, or perhaps you've become good friends with the people who live in your 'hood. Either way, what's your general philosophy on respecting and befriending the neighbors?


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totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
I have never have problems with my neighbors, I lived in 5 places so far (My mom loves moving) and all my neighbors have been so great! I have never had problems with any of my neighbors in the las place we were living I didn't even knew my neighbors. And this new place I know that their is a guy that live across me but I have only see him twice, he is very respectful and quiet. And we are also very respectful, we understand that in order to get respect you have to give it first.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
One last funny story... last weekend around 1:00 in the morning some girls were making some noise on the side of my neighbors house. He literally came out and said, "Whoever is on the side of my house making noise, will you please STFU." I almost died of laughter.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Well, I live the fifth ring of hell. Ok not all the time but a lot of the time. Basically, I bought a condo in a new complex 5 mins. away from a state college as an investment. The goal is to live her for 2 years and then get the hell out. I've got one year down, thank you God! Where do I begin with my frustation with my neighbors and the random assholes that come into the community. Almost every weekend my neighbors have a party that consist of a bunch of drunk girls and guy yelling and being completely annoying. That's about 1:00 then later on... their drunk asses will proceed to get into a fight. I kid you not EVERY single time! And ALL of this happens right in front of my window and they leave behind the evidence with beer cans, red cups and cigs laying on the ground. I had to get a fan (noise) and ear plugs to sleep through this crap. Then there are the people who like screech their tires. The annoying drunk people coming out from the cabs that also drop them off right next to my house that like hang around and say "Omg" a lot! My neighbor in my triplex liked to play music REALLY load when they first moved in... how would like to hear, "I like to move it, move it" at 3:00 in the morning, my sis had to sleep on the coach and even then it wasn't much relief. We got them back though, we had to make an ikea dresser. We were hammering around 9:00 and they kept banging on the wall, so I banged on the wall and I was like payback is a bitch. Found out later it was one the guy's mom staying in the room, lol. There is more but there is only so much time and space. On a good note... I did meet my neighbor across the street, we talk balcony to balcony and he is a really cool guy (living with g/f, boo). Pretty sure he would have my back if I ever needed him. He's basically my only neighbor that I like.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
we're pretty good. we live in a fmaily community in suburbia so we have to be respectful :)
mks0880 mks0880 8 years
I grew up being really close with my neighbors - they were like surrogate grandparents to me. My neighbors now are so unfriendly, someone who once picked me up at my house asked me what was wrong with my neighborhood. No one says hi. My next door neighbor turns and averts her eyes when I see her. Maybe it's me??
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
I live in a townhouse which is apart of an apartment complex. Luckily since we are upstairs and downstairs we don't have to worry about neighbors above or below us, but we do have neighbors on either side. The neighbors to my left are the sweetest gay guys ever. They are in their 30's and very cool. The neighbors to my right are two waitresses in their early 20's and they party all the time late into the night. They get the cops called on them a lot, beer bottles are usually every where in the street the morning after and there is always a ton of cars who steal all the assigned parking spots, and the unassigned spots so I have to park so far away that I feel like I need a taxi to get to my house. They play terrible rap music and the bass is always so loud that it rattles my walls. UGH, can you tell I hate them? It sucks because I work mornings and I usually always work weekends, so I never get any sleep. I have tried texting them and complaining to the office, but nothing ever gets done. I'll be so happy when I get to move from that place.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
We just bought a single family home and the people to the left of us are awful! They are sooooo loud! The three kids are outside from like 6-7 in the morning until sometimes like 10 at night! I don't think the mom wants them in the house, the are sooo loud and yell at each other and the mom will come out and yell and swear at them. It is awful! We can't even open our windows to get air in the house because it is so bad. I have heard that the woman and her children are living there with her parents to save money to buy her own house. I hope she does it soon. They are driving us crazy. We are going to replace all of our windows and hopefully the new windows will block out some of their noise. I have not spoken to her because i don't think i could talk to her with out getting upset and plus if she has no problem yelling and swearing at her children then god knows what she will say to me!
eightieslingo eightieslingo 8 years
I don't have a problem with my neighbors, but I do have a problem with their dog. He likes barking all day and night. I'm so glad I'm moving this month.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i lived in a basement apartment for a year and the landlords were BRUTAL! they would play with the dog, throwing the ball on the floor and letting him run for it, in the kitchen, above my bedroom, every single morning at 7am. they would spy on my through the windows in the front of the house, they would come to fix things at 10pm in their pajamas, but then they would be the first people to complain as soon as i had music on and visitors in the evenings (the first time i ever did it!). they used to whine about my not putting the garbage out but they wouldnt shovel the walkway so i was literally trapped in the snowy backyard. stuff like that. they were passive agressive and horrible and i began to hate them. and then just when i thought it couldn't get any worse - they let someone sleep in my apartment while i was away for 2 months. and they didn't even care enough to check that the guests didn't leave clothing in my closet!!!!!!
laluna laluna 8 years
I didn't really talk to my older neighbour until i'd lived here nearly a year. It only took one time for him to turn into a crazy stalker type. After one incident i stayed with my parents for like a month and the police and housing manager both warned him he's not to have any contact with me. He still freaks me out but i have roommate now so its not so bad. I'm on a corner so only have to worry about him in regards to noise and i dont bother, he's half deaf anyway. The family behind me are great though.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
If I paid over $10 million for a house, I would want dead silence and mutual respect. I would be so pissed if paparazzi and loud parties were bothering me every moment of my day! Two years ago, I was living in a single, and my neighbor was a douche that was SUPER LOUD, constantly screaming on his phone from 7 AM until night, came home drunk and loud, brought over loud friends, and thought it was brilliant to play his guitar and drums at 5 AM. I also blame the thin walls, though. Now, it's perfectly quiet in my new apartment, and the walls are much thicker. :D I am one happy, happy gal!
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
At least every person in my family has lived in the apartment in the same building that my family and grandmother (actually her least in the building, anyway) and if they didn't live here they might as well have from being here so much. I'm Hispanic (half anyway) and the majority of people in my building are Hispanic and my grandmother, sister, mom, cousins, etc. know tons of people in the building so naturally I do too. Even if I don't, I still smile at them and help them and hold the door for them because many of them have kids or are weak or elderly. Well my next door neighbors and upstairs neighbors don't have any respect for those around them we still try to respect others. I have known to blast my music so loud that you can hear it down the block, but that happens once in a blue moon. My point is that everyone is respectful in this building or at least tries to be and if they're not then they get a lot of people watching them.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I have lived in the same house all of my life and I only know a few of my neighbors, most of the ones that we know have lived here since my parents moved into the neighborhood as an engaged couple in the mid '80s. We have Catholic nuns who live next door to us and on the other side is this older guy, who lives there with his wife and several adult children, then on the other side of his house is this big Filipino family who we've been been friendly with for years. Then, across the street is a single mom with two daughters whom I babysit on rare occasions. Thats about all I know... Whenever my grandma comes out from Virginia, she always complains about how we aren't good friends with our neighbors and that we are the only white family on our street :oy:
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I don't bother my neighbors and pray that my neighbors never bother with me. If they go out of town I sort of keep an eye out for random cars or something and they do the same. Otherwise, we don't get into each others lives nearly at all. Just a friendly wave in the driveway is about it.
lms lms 8 years
I live in a single family home in a golf community. Most of my neighbors are very nice. However, the ones behind me get on my nerves. They are a bunch of 20 somethings renting a house. They seem to have a problem with bagging up their garbage properly and at least once a week it ends up in my yard. Sometimes I would just push it back in their yard and they would NEVER pick it up. There is a bottle that has been in their flower bed for months now.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 8 years
I am far happier living in a single-family house than I ever was in a multi-unit dwelling. Previous neighbors have been inconsiderate at my former apartment, as well as my former duplex rental unit -- not all of them, but the immature, loud, obnoxious, self-centered neighbors certainly were. I am not implying that all (or even most) younger adults are like this -- I was in my very early twenties at the time, as well -- but we just had a rash of bad luck in a couple of different places, and the offenders happened to be rather young. I like my neighborhood now. It's quiet -- almost too quiet. (I'm nearly paranoid that other people can hear me talking in my home when the windows are open.) But I mind my own business; I don't feel compelled to involve myself in my neighbors' affairs. We're friendly with the family next door. The family is lovely -- very respectful, friendly, warm, polite, engaging and good natured. Good people, all the way around. They're the best.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
The neighbor on my left is such a B!TCH!!!! She's always complaining about her grass. The people of my right are nice. The people across the street are older, there alright.
Asia84 Asia84 8 years
I'm friendly...but im shy. so i'm not one to bust out and say hello. There's this one girl with the dog (the chick who leaves her blinds wide open at night) she's always breaking her neck to say hi. I feel bad when people are super nice.
Asia84 Asia84 8 years
Well, there are a lot of young professionals who live in the condos.a few here or there have their first kid. it's not party time over here, but people are at that age where the noise bothers them. everyone kinda just stays to themselves and doesn't complain. ----- at the duplex i was living in before i bought the condo, the chick upstairs was a nurse, and she worked nights. so she wanted everyone to be quiet during the day. I would be playing my guitar (acoustic) and she would come down and go bazerk on me.... there is a way to ask someone about the noise level. So I fronted her. I don't think it's fair that everyone else has to tip toe around during the day because YOU decided to work nights! and there are plenty of times i heard her and her balding husband having bad sex (no...put it here.NOOOO..that doesn't feel good....wait...) and i didn't say sh*t. she pissed me off when the neighbors (who were living in a house) had their daughter's quince on a saturday, and she went off on them. ruined the girl's party. the neighbors told everyone about it, because they invited everyone on that street. i'm a b*tch, but I'M not even that self-entitled.
Marci Marci 8 years
There are a lot of nice people in our building, and so we chit chat with everyone. But we're not interested in being more than friendly neighbors with anyone so far.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
My apartment complex has been great I think it is due to the people that live in the building that I am in. We are fairly respectful of eachother. The one couple that were horrid were asked to leave because there were so many complaints against them.
kayla74 kayla74 8 years
i live in a townhouse community and the neighbors are mostly all pretty close. in one week i actually went to the anniversary party of one couple and the memorial service for an old man at the end of the street who died. we have our share of trouble (mainly punk teenagers who live with their parents) but for the most part everyone else is great.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
My apartment is in a pretty quiet section of the building. The laundry room is on one side and so that's always quiet (the machines are all broken so everybody goes to another floor!) and I don't know if there's anybody living in the unit next to mine--I've never heard them. I don't make much noise or throw parties because it's difficult/expensive to park by my place, so I definitely like the quiet. If I ever were to have a party, I would definitely bake cookies and bring them over to my potential next door neighbor, though, to butter them up! I always did that in my old building and they were really cool about it.
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
I haven't had a party here yet, but I'd definitely check with my next door neighbor a couple of weeks ahead. They have a baby, though, and I live in a brownstone over a Polish deli in which I only have 5 neighbors total. As far as noise, I am very quiet 99% of the time - they all play Polish dance music and have screaming kids, but I don't mind so much since the neighborhood is really loud (I live in Brooklyn). The cars on the street always compete for the loudest bass and there is a bar downstairs which often has fights spilling out in the early hours of the morning. It's alright, it's just the character, and I live on the top floor so it's WAY better than my previous apartments with loud roommates and upstairs neighbors!
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