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Going Green: A Snowbound Neighborhood

Going Green: A Snowbound Neighborhood 

According to the commonly understood real estate definition, a neighborhood is an
area of a municipality which is identifiable by a common use, a common atmosphere or a common business area. snowbound and grilling in ASHEVILLE

When I think of  neighborhood, I imagine ice cream socials, welcoming living spaces, community organic  gardens,  evening strolls on tree-lined sidewalks. Family. Friends. Pets and Parties.  

It's a very attractive picture to me, especially at this time of year. I so enjoy sharing images and stories of life in our neighborhood in the mountains in  Asheville. And for the past number of years I even have been setting aside time each week to journey out  to other neighborhoods, to explore the lore of days gone by and then talk with the folks who live in a neighborhood now.

There seems to be a common thread in the  neighborhoods that attract me. It is not that they have a common business area or a common atmosphere. It has more to do with the "neighborliness" of the neighbors. 

We had a huge snow storm this week. We were snowed in. We hit the wood pile, chopped the logs, lit the fire, and helped out the neighbors. Then we settled down with a hot chocolate.  Does that make us "identifiable by a common use" ? Possibly. But there is so much more energy around the notion of neighborhood.

Maybe it has more to do with the esprit de corps grilling outside in the snow is all about.


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I really miss the old fashioned neighbourliness of my old farm neighbourhood. Neighbours always dropped in for a coffee or to bring a special gift, no matter the time of year. It might be a cherry cake, a slip from a favourite garden flower or something else. One time one of my neighbours had been to the fish hatchery and brought me a whole barrel of baby mudcat fish to put in my pond!

Somehow city life just isn't the same....


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 9 years ago

janeAnne, I find it particularly heartwarming when neighbors come together during adversity, even if it is just a snow storm.  What a storm it was too!  I live on a gravel road along the lake and about half of my neighbors are truly local retirees who have retained the old-fashion sense of neighborhood.  We even share vegetables/berries at harvest time.  This is what makes NC so special!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

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