Why do you love your neighborhood?
That’s the question my lovely editor Joanna England asked me recently. It got me to thinking about what draws us to our ‘hoods and what keeps us there. It’s an especially important question when you have chosen to live in a conservation or historic district. So, I thought it would be interesting not only to answer Joanna’s question but to reach out to a few of the Realtor resources I continually rely on, that also live in these neighborhoods.
There are some obvious reasons why we choose these areas, of course. Moving into a conservation or historic district means your investment is protected. No one can build a McMansion next door, and no one can paint their house seafoam green (someone tried that in our neighborhood and yes, they had to repaint).
You are also preserving the history of the neighborhood as well as the home. Where else will you find telephone nooks, mail slots, and coal chutes? Homes were built close together, with front porches and front entries. That means you get to know your neighbors. Just look at the Peak’s Addition and their popular Dallas Porch Fest. These folks know how to party, and you bet the neighbor’s all know each other. The result of all this neighborliness is safety. I can tell you none of my neighbor’s leave town without telling about four others, so we can all keep watch on their home.