Living Green Olympia: Nature or Neighbors?? What Do YOU Want to See Outside Your Windows?

Nature or Neighbors?? What Do YOU Want to See Outside Your Windows?

Nature or neighbors?  What do you want to see when you look out the windows at your house?  There is no right answer here - but it is something to consider as you look for a home to buy.  And usually people do have a preference - often a really strong preference!


Olympia yard

If you fall into the "nature" camp, you may be looking for what I've heard referred to as "naked private"!  And even if you don't think you would really want to run around your yard naked, this kind of property IS one where you could sit out on the patio for your morning coffee wearing your pajamas - or take your dog out without worrying that the neighbors will see you in your robe.  Instead of hearing the neighbors teenager practice on his trumpet, you will likely just hear birds chirping and singing.  And curtains or blinds are more of an accessory to your decor rather than an essential for privacy.

Maybe instead you picture a house where your neighbors are close by.  Do you envision having neighbors for your kids to play with without you having to drive them anywhere?  Or where you can walk on the sidewalks under street lights on a summer evening and visit with other neighbors out for a stroll?  Where you can walk next door to borrow the proverbial cup of sugar or some other essential item?  Where your next door neighbor might collect your paper and mail and take care of the cat when you are on vacation?  Where if you needed to holler for help, you know someone would hear you?

And there is actually a third option that kind of blends the best of both worlds.  How about a home that backs up to a community open space or greenbelt, a park, or wetlands, or even a golf course?  You can look out at nature, but have neighbors at your side.

Nature or neighbors - what do YOU want to see?  Consider which setting would be your perfect property and be sure to let your agent know so he/she can help you find it!



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Comment balloon 2 commentsNancy Conner • May 26 2011 05:38PM


I want nature! Fortunately I have that much of the time, but when the leaves fall I see neighbor.  And it doesn't matter becaue I won't be sitting outside in PJ's when that happens :-)  Brrrrrrrr . . .

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 7 years ago

Hi Carla - I love nature too - this pic is actually from our front porch and although I'd kinda like to downsize, it will be SO hard to leave this privacy!!!!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 7 years ago