“Let’s make no mistake about this: The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods. If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods. And to do that, we must understand that the quality of life is more important than the standard of living. To sit on the front steps–whether it’s a veranda in a small town or a concrete stoop in a big city–and to talk to our neighborhoods is infinitely more important than to huddle on the living-room lounger and watch a make-believe world in not-quite living color.”…Harvey Milk
UGH. I hate living next door to a house that has become investment property. What happened to a home where people love owning a house and belonging to a community? It’s all for profit. UGH.
You get used to the main cast of characters and they move on. Then ZAP! A whole new crew. Are they nice? Are they show boats? Do they sleep at night? (that was San Francisco apartment living) Hopefully, the new crew will be NORMAL.
Our houses are to close together to put up with too much crap. But we have in the past and honestly I’m sick of it. I have backed off for years. What do I mean about backed off? I do my best to keep a low profile. Sure my dog barks when she is outside chasing a bird or squirrel, but I’d rather hear my dog than loud mouth drunks, etc. If the dog carries on too much, she has to come in. Noise is noise. Period.
People don’t realize everyone is listening. Took me years to figure that out and it SUCKS. We are to close together. Living in houses with barely 3 feet clearance from each other is a few steps above apartment living. At least there is no one above with clicking high heels at 2am. They might be yelling on the street, but hopefully will keep walking.
Not only do we have investment property next door, but behind us as well. Thanks to the new laws in California (Thanks Governor Brown for signing all that before you left office and moved to your private ranch in the middle of nowhere) There is not one but TWO BUILDINGS behind us. They got their ADU (that’s accessory dwelling unit) approved and it’s now legal. It appears different people are back there and every now and then a hysterical woman speaking a foreign language sounds freaked out. Should we have a security camera? Some nights men sit outside and talk into the night in a foreign language. Shouldn’t they be sleeping?
Bottom line is it’s not normal.That’s all we ask anymore. Can these “investment properties” please rent to NORMAL people? Hell, you got your $$$$$ from your renters so the least you can do is give people who have lived in the neighborhood for years loving their homes some decent neighbors. Give us a break while you line your pockets.
Update: Want to add I am grateful to have a home here. Worked really hard to be here. Sure didn’t get to live where I wanted to in the bay area, but at least I’m still here! Grateful that neighbors are nice on one side. Not sure of the other situation with covid-19, thinking they moved out, but hope they are just on vacation as they were NORMAL and that’s always great! So who knows? Found out other neighbor has at least 10 people on the title and that sounds like investment property to me which does explain a lot, but that’s another story.