In our fast-paced and digital world, the sense of community and connection with our neighbors has taken a backseat. Who has time for real-life interaction when our phones are calling (literally)?
Yet there's something uniquely rewarding about not only living in a neighborhood, but actually getting to know the people around us – something Stroll magazines help homeowners to do each and every month.
Perks of neighborhood living are many, and we’re here to shed light on why residing in an established community and getting to know your neighbors are endeavors worth taking on.
1. Neighborhoods foster a sense of community.
When we engage with our neighbors, attend local events, or participate in neighborhood initiatives (like reading and contributing to your Stroll magazine), we become part of a larger network of people who care about each other's well being. We no longer limit our thoughts to ourselves, but instead promote a feeling of belonging that can lead to a greater sense of fulfillment.
On the most basic level, humans are pack animals; studies show time and time again the importance of social connections to our mental and emotional health. And let’s be honest: Neighbors are the most convenient choice for face-to-face interaction. The simple act of chatting over the garden fence or sharing a friendly wave is enough to uplift our spirits and make us feel more connected to the world around us. A quick hit of feel-good oxytocin without even needing to put on shoes? Yes, please.
2. Neighbors offer a “built-in” support network.
We all need assistance from time to time, and when we know our neighbors, we're more likely to receive help quickly. Whether it's as low-stake as borrowing the cup of sugar you need for the cake you already started baking or needing someone you trust to keep an eye on your home during an extended vacation, a neighbor is the obvious choice. But more than their ability to pitch in when needed, just knowing you have people nearby who care about you can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Their presence next door or across the street is enough to positively impact your overall wellbeing.
3. Active neighborhoods strengthen your social capital.
We often hear the claim, “It’s all about who you know.” Well, it’s undeniable there’s some truth to that statement, and being a part of a well-connected neighborhood provides instant access to a social network that adds to your “social capital.” The more people you surround yourself with, the more likely you’ll know the right person who can provide you the referral, favor, answer, etc., you may need in the future.
4. Neighborhood living increases your sense of security.
When it comes to feeling safe and secure, having nearby neighbors who know you well enough to spot suspicious or unusual activity around your home is the peace of mind many of us seek. A close-knit neighborhood tends to be more vigilant, looking out for one another and quickly reporting any potential threats. After all, it’s a collective concern for the safety of the group at large. So much so that neighborhood watch programs are commonplace today.
5. Neighborhoods provide entertainment value.
In a neighborhood where people get to know each other, the possibilities for collaboration and fun are endless. Shared interests and passions can lead to projects and activities that strengthen the bond between residents. From organizing neighborhood parties and celebrations – which many of our Stroll publishers frequently do – to volunteering for charitable causes, collaborating with neighbors provides consistent opportunities for entertainment, as well as meaningful contribution.
6. Neighborhoods are a point of pride.
Each neighborhood has its own charm shaped by its residents. When we get to know our neighbors, we become part of the tapestry of stories, traditions, and memories unique to the community. Homebuyers choose a specific neighborhood for a reason –they are drawn to the culture, amenities, and people. In becoming “one of them” – “them” being your fellow homeowners – you take on an identity of residing in that space. It’s an identity that for most fills them with pride; a feeling of home.
At Stroll, we believe neighborhood living is living at its best. And to get the very most out of this lifestyle, you need to foster relationships with those around you. Embrace the many opportunities for connection within a neighborhood – the very essence of community.