Every day a winding road
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Originally Posted by no1mad
Moving to a single family unit/house won't necessarily fix this problem. We moved into our first (and probably last) new construction home back in '06 and a few months later we got new neighbors. Never really interacted with them, but the guy would be sitting outside on what passed as a porch and be hammering back six packs at a time every night- he had a nice little pile of empties in the space between our homes
. So glad when he moved, but then we lost the house and had to move ourselves...
At least he won't be immediately next door. These guys are basically standing in my front yard except they are beyond the 10 foot property line so therefore on common property so there is nothing I can do.
The one thing I was looking for is at least the illusion of privacy. I have no one at the back of me. The one side is shielded by shrubs or trees. The other side not well shielded but the neighbors patio is a significant distance away and I plan to add landscaping.
But I am not naive to think that solves everything. A friend lives in a rather upscale neighborhood and her immediate neighbor runs power tools constantly outside. I am not sure what he could be building because it has be going on for years. To boot my friend lost her husband last year. She is getting older and has health issues. She offered to pay him $20 to clear her driveway and he accepted it. I could never take money from a neighbor under those circumstances. If things got so bad where I needed $20 several times a year I move to someplace I could afford.
A house I made an offer on earlier had elderly people on both sides of me. When making the offer I already decided that I would most likely be clearing snow for them and perhaps cutting their lawns. And I wouldn't be taking any money from them. Sadly the owner wanted too much for the house. Sold months later at a few thousand over my offer.
Last edited by spinnaker; 04-14-14 at 07:13 PM.