One thing many apartment hunters worry about is the idea that apartment living encourages alienation and less contact with your neighbours. After all, you are slightly more enclosed and you usually don’t have any yard work to do, so the only time you might see your neighbours is when you’re in the elevator or hallway with them. For people who enjoy being a part of a community, it’s important to know that this sense of alienation isn’t true for every individual and certainly not for every individual apartment complex.
Some developments, like The New Charsfield on St Kilda Road, are dedicated to creating a community that is truly neighbour friendly. No matter what, both you and your neighbours will have to make an effort to create a sense of community and a strong network that leaves you feeling safe and looked after.
Here are some tips for having a neighbour friendly apartment.
Take Advantage of Communal Spaces
Not every apartment complex has them, but The New Charsfield is one example that offers many communal spaces. Areas like the Clubhouse give residents a chance to embrace community life, as well as a range of premium services. The Garden Terrace is home to lush, leafy and elegantly landscaped gardens, as well as relaxed seating. The Residents’ Lounge offers plush seating with a warm fireplace and a charming ambience that makes for good conversations with neighbours. There is also a Library for quiet contemplation and meeting like-minded people. Take advantage of these spaces and get to know your neighbours. Who knows? You might even make some friends.
Be Friendly towards Others
Simply acknowledging your neighbours with a hello or a greeting goes a long way. Try to remember names, faces and parking spaces. If you establish a friendly relationship, it’s easier to interact in the future. Participate in your apartment’s events, discussion board or resident portal if there is one. By letting people know a little more about you, you are taking the first steps towards rewarding relationships.
Don’t Be Too Friendly
Of course, the greetings are important. But don’t just knock on someone’s door and expect them to invite you in. You don’t want to come across as creepy or annoying. Make sure you allow your neighbours the privacy that they desire.
Enter and Exit Softly
Don’t be that person that people hear stomping up and down the stairwell, slamming doors, laughing and talking loudly in the hallway. It’s important to respect your neighbours by not contributing too much noise to the apartment complex.
By that same token, throwing large and loud house parties is generally not a good way to make friends. That is unless your neighbours are keen to join! Always extend an invitation if you plan on throwing a dinner or housewarming party.
The New Charsfield Is Made for Neighbour Friendly Living