ONE COOL THING.
Each month we’ll send you one cool thing to know about California real estate.
This month it’s all about How to Connect with Neighbors. It’s Summertime and our long evenings give us a chance to get outside and say hello to neighbors. To keep that conversation going all year long we’ve spotlighted a few neighborhood websites and hands-on programs that can keep your community friendly, safe and interactive.
A free social network for neighbors,Nextdoor.com allows neighbors to connect by area, within an immediate neighborhood or with adjacent communities. Neighbors post and chat by topics, helping others with local service referrals, home advice, safety concerns, urgent alerts, lost dogs and classifieds.
Take a stand and implement a Neighborhood Watch program for your street or your entire neighborhood. Programs can be as informal or formal as you wish – from formal meetings to an exchange of phones numbers to keep lines of communication open. NW signs can be purchased here and the City of San Diego website offers tips on how to start a watch group.
Whether it a Holiday or just a Saturday, get out the BBQ and bring neighbors outdoors with a block party. Choose a neighbor’s driveway or get a City permit to cordon off a local street. Make it interactive with a pot-luck, activities for the kids and theme-centric decor. Block parties build a sense of community in a fun, low-key way.
Gather monthly with neighbors at a local school or library to prioritize and implement community projects. Council meetings are a terrific time to host local City officials – from the Mayor’s Office to the local Fire Station. Your community needs stays top-of-mind with these Officials while you and neighbors get the first-hand scoop on City happenings and how they may impact you and your home.
Is someone you know thinking about buying or selling?
Have them call me! I’ll help them get started.
Laura Sechrist Molenda