The house was okay, priced about right, I'd say, and in a favorable location. Floor plan was a little too closed in and the yard was a little too big for my liking, but it was good to see a little of what's out there.
The thing that steered me away, though? Neighbor's backyard. There was a fire pit surrounded by a few chairs and some pilfered road signs. It just looked like a party backyard to me, and having just moved from next door neighbors that had occassional 3am bonfires, I'm scrutinizing neighbor yards.
Thing is, I liked those previous neighbors. They were friendly and hard-working and took good enough care of their property and such. They weren't awful, but what's with the (illegal) bonfires and party tunes in the wee hours of the morning? Oh well, not my problem anymore.
And I know that neighbors can change. Our old neighborhood went through a few iterations while we lived there, so no guarantees. At least we didn't have any crackhouses or meth labs... to my knowledge.
In the meantime, the dogs at least have some new digs. We got this new kennel for them when we moved. It's 6' x 16' , and I just got back from picking up matching dog houses. Nothing fancy, just the lovely plastic shelters. The dogs are pretty civilized, though.
The cat still pines away for the great outdoors even though I've explained to him that it's illegal in these parts. He clearly has no respect for the law.
The lease for the house we're renting is up at the end of May, so we've got some time to shop. We sort of have an agent here - someone we met at an open house last fall when we were REALLY just snooping. But she seems nice and competent. She knows we just closed the sale on our house and sent me a gift card for a local espresso and pastry. Yes, I'll accept
Do you like/ dislike/ feel neutral about your neighbors? Any horror stories?