Good Neighbor Stories
“My roommates and I finally all moved into our new house on Foothill! As we were unpacking our things from the moving trucks we could feel our neighbor’s eyes glancing over at us, curious to know who their new neighbors would be. The five of us decided the next day to walk around the neighborhood and meet all of the families living next to us. We wrote all of our names and phone numbers down for them. It was so exciting when one of them told us, “Wow! I’m impressed, way to start things off on a good foot!” I don’t know who the previous tenants were, but I know we took the right steps in initiating a comfortable and respectful relationship with our fellow San Luis Obispo neighbors. It only takes a few moments to reach out to the families surrounding a college town and ensure them a good year.”
Permanent Resident Perspective
“We bought our house in 2009 and are probably one of the few owner/occupants on our block. We are the only "family" with children. Our home was a student rental before we purchased it. There is an older complex of condominiums and cottages to our East and a lovely Victorian home to our West. Each of the properties are owned by investors and are, for the most part, rented to college students.
The downside of living in a transitional neighborhood is that it's hard to establish relationships with tenants because they often leave after a year or two. The upside is that most of our neighbors (past and present) are great people.
A few years ago the small cottage next door was occupied by a female student. She was studying architecture at Cal Poly. She made a point to introduce herself when she moved in. We greeted one another when we saw one another and exchanged small talk about her classes, etc.
As Halloween approached, our family decided to carve pumpkins on our front patio. Several people walked by and said hello or smiled as we worked on our jack o lanterns. Our neighbor saw us and came over with three of her friends. We asked them to join us and we all sat on the front porch carving pumpkins together. It was interesting to have meaningful conversations with the students and get to know them on a more personal level. It turns out we had more in common than we would have guessed.”