Though you typically find houses mostly in the suburbs and apartment complexes predominantly in the cities, some unique neighborhoods boast a combination of these two sorts of homes. If you live in a town that is the site of any major industry, you’re bound to find thousands of individuals from drastically different income brackets living in a close cluster—some are higher up at their company, some are still moving up at the same company, but they all want to live near the workplace, and so the surrounding areas offer a variety of housing to meet that need. If you live in a house but your neighborhood is a mixture of houses and apartments, here are some things to be aware of.
Guest parking will be limited
In true suburbia, your guests never struggle to find street parking. Since every residence is a house, every resident typically has a driveway and/or garage, leaving plenty of street parking for visitors. In a neighborhood that has both apartment buildings and houses, a lot more of the street parking will be taken up. Some buildings don’t offer parking spots, or they don’t offer nearly enough for the number of residents they have. If your guests will need to park far, hop in the car with them, help them find a spot, and walk back to your house together for safety.
There will be more resident turnover
Homeowners typically plan on staying in their house for a while, but apartment residents can come and go rapidly. Some stay as short as a year, while others may remain a few years. But you will have a much more rapid turnover of neighbors if you live near apartment buildings than you would if you lived near all houses. Try to be aware of new residents in the neighborhood—who lives there, and who doesn’t.
You may live near public transit
The city may have built a metro stop or installed a bus stop just a couple of blocks from your house if it noticed a high demand for public transit in your area. While convenient, public transportation can also bring hoards of strangers right to your street, dozens of times a day. If you have children, ask them to be especially careful when passing by train or bus stops, and set clear rules on whether or not they can take public transit alone.
If you lived in suburbia, your neighbors would notice an odd character snooping on people’s porches. But if you live on a busy street that’s full of apartment buildings, it’s common to see many strangers walking around at any given time. You may not be able to count on neighbors keeping an eye out for package theft. Take your own precautions by setting up surveillance cameras and activating motion sensor alarms when you aren’t home.
Block party crashers
Some neighborhoods are distinctly broken up into clusters of houses, and clusters of apartment buildings. One street may have all houses, while the street running parallel to it—just a stone’s throw away—consists mainly of apartment buildings. If your street of houses hopes to throw a block party, just know you might have some crashers from the surrounding areas. While you may be happy to share the fun with them, you also have to keep in mind that many people keep their front doors open during block parties. Keep your doors and windows shut and locked during block parties—people who do not live on your block may stop by.
An excess of visitors
Even a small apartment building with just 10 or 12 units may house as many as 40 individuals. If just half of those residents have guests one day, that could mean 20 strangers visit your street. If there are a lot of apartment buildings on your street, that number increases tenfold. It’s very important to keep surveillance cameras on and schedule doors and windows to automatically lock since your street may receive a lot of new visitors on any given day.
Front lawn boundaries
There is bound to be more foot traffic if your street contains apartment buildings. If you have a front lawn, and city ordinance allows you to put a fence around it, do so. Otherwise, you may find that people stomp across your lawn, let their pets relieve themselves on your lawn, or throw trash on there.
A neighborhood containing both houses and apartment buildings can be a vibrant, fun place to live. But, with all the action, you also lose some of the seclusion you’d get in the suburbs so you need to take precautions.