When You Really Can’t Stand Your Neighbor

I’ve seen row house porches divided before but never the steps leading up to a porch. I’m imagining some awkward encounters here…

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  • I am writing this from the blue house on the left. The fence was there when I moved in, so don’t put it on us.

    just thought I’d get it out there that most people can stand me

    • Also from the blue house: it’s true, it was there when I moved in. Hasn’t kept me from exchanging hellos with the neighbors in the red house, though. I’ve always wondered what prompted them to erect it in the first place.

  • Hmmm. I love this question. It speaks to me. Because I really, extremely, intensely, unequivocally, dislike my neighbors. (dislike because hate is just going too far). In fact, I would never buy another rowhouse again, and unfortunately, a little bit of my love for all that is PW died after dealing with them. (I rented here for 3 years before I bought).

    That being said, we have now reached a detente of sorts where we do not look at or speak to each other and it works for the most part. My boyfriend goes out of his way to say hello to them on principle. He is a bigger person than I am. I do get super excited every time I think they might move, but I am not sure I would go so far as to construct anything. Maybe put a curtain on the porch? And pray to the moving gods?

    One last thought. One really great neighbor can make a block. On my old block, there is a guy who has 3 generations of his family living here in PW. He mows everyone’s yards, pulls out his snow plow and does everyone’s sidewalk when it snows. I will see him in random places all over PW helping people out. He helped me for nearly three months with my mail, watching my house etc.. when I had to go home for a family illness. His whole family is just really wonderful. I’d like to think that his neighborliness (?) is a real example of the majority of folks that live here.

  • It might make more sense to me if I saw a photo from a bit away.

  • Maybe this is a holdover from a really bad walk of shame experience in college

  • I live in the red house. It’s been converted into a 14-unit apartment building, and the developer built the fence to support our mailboxes. Sorry to burst your bubble if you thought there was some poignant or tragic human drama behind the fence. It’s a mailbox farm. That’s life in the big city.

    Hey Blue House neighbor, by the way! Nice coat this morning, is that new?

    • Not to say that no one believes you, but 14 units in a rowhouse like that is impossible. Four I could see if you had the basement working, but you don’t have any sub grade egress on the front of the building. So even a 4 unit would be illegal.

      Even if this were a boarding house, 14 bedrooms would be impossible. Again, not to say that you’re making things up, it’s just that what you wrote makes no sense.

    • Huh? I’ve lived in/visited houses that were wider and had an additional floor and were still only 8-10 bedrooms.

      Unless you’re doubling up in each room, in which case I’m glad I don’t own either of the adjacent houses… sounds like a hell of a fire hazard.

  • Wait – is that a joke?! This little old rowhouse is now 14 apartments???

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