Bad Neighbors Coming to a Street Near You

I have moved a lot throughout my life, to different towns and states throughout the East Coast. Along the way we have had a mix of both good and bad neighbors.

When we moved to our house in Iowa 2 years ago, we were blessed with a group of excellent neighbors.



Our neighbor directly across the street from us actually brought over an entire meal the day we moved in, knowing we had nothing unpacked and were new to the area.

She prepared sloppy joe’s and delivered them with a bottle of ketchup, mustard, silverware, plates, napkins, and chips. She had thought of everything and spared no expense trying to provide my families first meal in our new home.

We knew we had hit the neighbor jackpot with this wonderful couple across the street and over time we realized we had moved to the perfect place and didn’t have to worry about bad neighbors.

Right next door to us is a family that brought over the most delicious chocolate chip cookies we had ever tasted and for the last 2 years we have affectionately referred to her as Cookie Lady. She is theย closest neighbor to us because we share the property line without a fence to divide our yards.

Thankfully she has been a great neighbor and we have enjoyed living next to her for the past 2 years. Unfortunately she has put her house up for sale due to her two children being grown and going to college, she has decided to downsize.

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Once that For Sale Sign was erected in her front yard, I was nervous that we may have bad neighbors moving in and I couldn’t wait to find out who they were.

She came by yesterday and let us know that the family she has sold her home to is from Kansas and has 3-4 kids with a pastor for the father. She isn’t sure exactly because she has received this information through the realtor and has not met the family herself.

This information both excited and alarmed me. A pastor for a father, this could go two ways, one being that the family is spiritual and respectful of others. The other way it could go is the horror stories you hear about pastor’s children rebelling and constantly getting in to trouble.

With 3-4 kids, if they are up to no good, this could mean the end to my peaceful neighborhood!

I immediately imagine a herd of kids running through my yard, scratching my car with their bike handles as they turn around in my driveway, breaking my windows while playing ball in the yard, and torturing my dog from the other side of the fence.

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I am really nervous but also excited at the possibility that my neighbors would have a daughter the same age as my daughter that goes to the same school as her and is a good kid. Unfortunately this is a lot to ask, finding families that share the same values and morals as mine is almost impossible.

Even if my new neighbor isn’t my dream neighbor I think I will be happy as long as they are not Bad Neighbors!

Have you been blessed with good neighbors or are your counting the days until your Bad Neighbors move out?




  1. If there’s one good thing about living in the south – and there are a lot – it’s that generally speaking your closes neighbor is at least an acre away. Which is great. =D

  2. I have been so lucky with our neighbors. Some have come and gone, but none of them have been bad.

  3. Your post reminds me of an episode in Modern Family – Claire & Phil were saddened when their good neighbors left and were finding ways to ensure that the family who’ move in next door would be nice. Having good neighbors who share the same values as you do is a blessing. I could only wish that yours will be a family that you and your kids will easily get along with. Do keep us posted when they’ve moved in ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. My neighbors are very nice and friendly that is something I truly like since we have kids and pets, thanks for the great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Luckily I’ve been blessed with amazing neighbours since we made the trek from Canada to California. We hang out every single day, walking our two dogs together! Back home, my parents have had the same few neighbours for over 20+ years…they always have get-togethers and suppers with one another. They are basically family now, since we’ve all grown up together.

    • That sounds great! I would love to not only be able to deal with my neighbors but actually have a good relationship with them, that sounds great!

  6. When we moved in 10 years ago, we had the neighbors from hell. I don’t usually get excited about divorces, but they did get a divorce and had to move which was a blessing in disguise for us!

  7. I live in a relatively small neighborhood, only about one block with six houses total. Everyone knows everyone which isn’t a bad thing. The greater area that we live in, well, it could be better.

  8. We finally just went with a house that had acerage…more space between our house and the neighbors! I wish you the best of luck with your new neighbors…hopefully they are the chocolate chip cookie sharing type ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. My husband is a pastor and our kids have always been obedient and very well mannered. We have had our share of bad neighbors over the years, but we’ve had lots of good neighbors, too.

  10. Bad neighbors are the worst! We have been pretty blessed with good neighbors, though there have been some very loud renters in the past. Looks like you’re very blessed with good ones!

  11. michele+d says:

    Haha.. We just got new neighbors and I am still trying to figure them out. So far it’s good. I have been pretty lucky in the past.

  12. How nice your neighbor make you a meal when you moved in. My neighbor made us zucchini bread. Mmmmm was it good.

  13. I know how you feel! I always fear getting bad neighbors, it would just make things really annoying and difficult! A nice neighbor can make everything so much better.

  14. We are blessed to live with wonderful neighbors. We are out in the country in a small town of 800 people. There is a lot of cattle here, more of them than people. Everybody here looks out for each other and helps each other. A couple years ago on Christmas morning there was a gift at the door and a card signed from your neighbor. I don’t know who it was from. The place we lived before here was a charming little town and the people were friendly there too. But I have lived in places with neighbors who weren’t the greatest neighbors.

  15. This looks like a new adventure you and your family will get to experience.

  16. I’m so happy we have great neighbors. They make living here so easy and effortless.

  17. Our old neighbors were pretty horrible. Always partying and just rude. But my brother-in-law bought the place when they moved, so now all of my neighbors are family!

  18. I am lucky that we live in an area with good neighbors. Good luck, I hope your new neighbors are as good as her.

  19. I feel what you feel. When we firstmoved in here in our place, we have awesome neighbors. The other half of our street are bunch of renters so as time goes by, the owner of the property has been getting awful renters so we are thinking o moving because of this.

  20. We have amazing neighbors right now but it wasn’t always the case. Before our new ones moved in last year we had terrible ones who constantly were on our case.

  21. With all honesty, I’ve never encountered rudeness and meanness until I met our neighbors. But I don’t think they are ever going to move. So what I’m looking forward to happening is when we finally move back to my home country. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Ann+Bacciaglia says:

    What a nice neighborhood you moved into. It would be so nice to have a neighbor bring over everything you need for supper the day you are moving in. I hope your new neighbors turn out to be just as nice as the cookie lady.

  23. I have had my share of both good and bad neighbors too. The worst was an upstairs neighbor in the apartment above us. He would blast the bass on his surround sound. We asked him to turn it down after 9pm. He didn’t honor our request. Thankfully we moves out shortly after that.

  24. I’m lucky to have no bad neighbors right now. Aside from the lady across the street who drinks a little too much and they sometimes fight outside at 3 am.. But it’s very rarely. Still, nothing bad has happened to my kids, my yard, my house or my car.. so… since we’re renting, it is what it is!

  25. I have always lived in cities in Florida where there was an older population! So, I always felt like I was a bad neighbor since we have kids and are loud! LOL

  26. Bonnie+@+wemake7 says:

    I guess we have been blessed with good neighbors. We are on a street of a lot of retired older folks so they don’t really cause any issues lol.

  27. It is always wonderful to be blessed with good neighbors. I have had my fair share of good and bad neighbors, especially since I started living in an apartment a few years ago.

  28. We live in a new neighborhood and some lots are still empty. Our neighbor across the street is BAD. He shoots fireworks out of his yard every weekend. Note: our homes are 4 feet apart, not 100 yards. He drives his dirt bike in the empty lots every weekend and in the winter, races his snowmobile behind everyone’s homes.

    I hate them and plan on moving because of them. They’re that bad.

  29. I totally understand I worry about the same thing. I’ve not had horrible neighbors but one set of them could do a little better. My neighborhood doesn’t have a lot of kids for my kids to play with. Its both a gift and a curse. Hope your neighbors are cool, I look forward to the update.

  30. Since I live in Toronto in a condo we’re all very close to our neighbors! lol Some neighbors are great – some… not so much! lol

  31. I agree, good neightbors are really imporant. We had a nightmare of a neighbor in our condo and am so glad we have moved away from that tension.

  32. Hopefully your new neighbors are great people…maybe you should extend the olive branch to them as it was extended to you …even a delivered pizza on their first day may break the ice.

  33. Very funny that you mention neighbors because we just got some new ones. They are so quiet and don’t come out much, I do not know what they look like at all. We just saw hoards of people helping them move in, and have no clue who actually lives across from us.

  34. Your current neighbors sound so awesome! I wish mine were that cool too! Sloppy joes sound perfect for the first day in a new home…

  35. I currently live in an apartment building, so it’s a little different for me since I’ve mostly been in apartments since I moved out for college. I’ve only ever had one “bad neighbor” and they partied literally all week, every day, until about 4am. Thankfully, their lease was up and they weren’t allowed to renew.

    I hope for your sake, your neighbors are good neighbors!

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