Building a Better Neighborhood

by Alta Vista on Mar 20, 2022 12:50:00 PM
Alta Vista

Human beings are social creatures. Science and psychology have taught us that our health can be damaged by a lack of meaningful social connections. Historically, groups with close ties were formed strictly from familial bonds, proximity, and occupation. These will always play a role in how we organize associations, but today we have far more choice. A community made of people with similar interests, world views, and passions is naturally conducive to the development of strong connections.

But, in spite of all this, we are turning away from each other. We retreat into isolation, escape into entertainment, erect privacy fences, and ultimately shun, ignore, and disconnect from the people around us. As this kind of behavior persists, we increasingly fear and suspect the people with whom we should strive to build trust. This is counter to deep human instincts which have developed to help us form strong collectives, and if you pay attention to your gut, you can feel the damage that is done when you fail to greet your neighbor.

There is a solution, and more and more people are looking for a way to reverse this unhealthy trend. It's all about building better neighborhoods, and it is easier than you think.

Easy Ways to Begin Building Better Neighborhoods

Building a better community starts at the individual level. We should begin by emulating the change we want to see. Don't worry, that doesn't mean you have to jump straight into baking cookies for your shy neighbors. There are better ways to ease into it.

Give Your Yard Some TLC

Giving your yard, garden, and landscaping some tender loving care is a great way to put a friendly face on your home. It shows that you care about the neighborhood, it is a great way to get some sunshine and exercise, and it gives you and the neighbors a chance to strike up some friendly conversation.


Build a Front Porch

If you want to add curb appeal and resale value to your home at the same time, a nice front porch is the way to do it. A welcoming front porch will encourage you to spend more time there and will make pleasant interactions with the neighbors more likely. Who knows, they might even stop by and share a beer on a hot summer day.

Entertain in the Front Yard

If you have friends and family over often, cook outdoors, and entertain, why not take your get-togethers into the front yard? Your new front porch is a good excuse to do so, and it just might start a friendly trend in your neighborhood.

Outdoor Recreation

A simple walk around the block is a good way to break up the indoor monotony, and it's good for you. Look for hiking trails in your area, visit local parks, and just try to enjoy the outdoors more than you do. The more you do, the more you’ll appreciate the natural beauty around you, and you'll find that the habit can be contagious.

Life At Alta Vista

Alta Vista is a community of energy-efficient homes near Lake Michigan in Traverse City, purposely built with the community in mind. These are low-maintenance, energy-efficient homes with a community center. If you'd like to be a part of this trending new community-oriented living, get in touch with us today. Find us online, or call 231-709-0600.

If your current home or neighborhood leaves a bit to be desired, the best solution may be to purchase a new home. At Alta Vista, we offer a thoughtfully-designed, all-new manufactured home community nestled in a beautiful country setting. You'll be surrounded by serenity, nature, ponds, wooded areas, and carefree living at its finest. Situated near Lake Michigan and downtown Traverse City, this brand new neighborhood is equipped with a clubhouse, tennis courts, and pool. And when it comes to your new home, you'll be privy to the latest and most state-of-the-art features. Ready to learn more? Contact Alta Vista today in Traverse City by calling 231-709-6066.

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