The best neighbours in pop-culture history
They may not be high on your list of must-haves when looking to buy a home, but great neighbours could have a positive effect on both your quality of living and the value of your home itself.
So when investigating the types of neighbourly qualities you should look for, we thought it best to take a leaf from pop-culture’s most iconic next-door neighbours. If you’re seeing any of these qualities from those who reside in a potential neighbourhood, we’re certain you’ll be mingling right into the block party in no time.
Ned Flanders, The Simpsons
Flanders is a glass-half-full kind of neighbourino, and that’s something we can all get behind. This kindly character is a never-ending beacon of happiness and positivity, and is widely loved by the community because of it. Even after copping a lot of flack from Homer about pretty much anything he does, Flanders is always there to support, encourage and entertain. Take a learning from Homer on what NOT to do when you find yourself next-door to a Flanders, and hold on to this situation for dear life.
Gracie Films / Twentieth Century Fox via Giphy
House-pride and garden expertise
According to a study out of the US-based Michigan State University1, good landscaping design can increase perceived home value. With this in mind, there’s no better neighbour to have on your side than good old Eddie Scissorhands. The man is a mastermind of creativity when it comes to landscaping, and completely committed to making his neighbourhood look immaculate. As a take-away tip, scope neighbourhoods that appear to have an overall house-proud vibe – nicely kept lawns and landscaping, fresh coats of paint and a general friendly presence.
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Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s Vacation
Festive Cheer and Enthusiasm
Do you remember when you were a kid, and you used to travel to that one neighbourhood that took Christmas decorations really seriously? We mean, REALLY seriously. Well, not one of those houses could have held a candle to Clark Griswold and his over-the-top Christmas displays. Always the type to turn family events into an all-out extravaganza, Clark brings an element of excitement to any neighbourhood, and is generally a blast to hang out with. Neighbours like Clark bring people together, and are important to help you get settled into your new neighbourhood and really feel at home – a huge part of feeling like you’ve made the right decision.
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Penny, Big Bang Theory
Patience, perspective and insightfulness
Penny is an expert on all the topics you know nothing about. When it comes to putting your problems into perspective, there’s no one better to bring you back to earth. Thrust into an unusual and highly intellectual social circle on the Big Bang Theory, Penny is a beacon of knowledge when it comes to all the things the gang lacks – in this instance social skills and common sense. She also has the patience of a saint, putting up with more than her fair share of condescending geekery on a daily basis. This can be a handy trait in a neighbour if you’re ever working through noisy scientific experiments on your side of the wall.
Chuck Lorre Productions / Warner Bros. Television via Giphy
Speaking of putting problems into perspective, Isla Fisher’s new movie, ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ hits cinemas nationwide on October 20th, so get into cinemas to see a few hilarious neighbour moments!
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1 B Behe, J Hardy and others (Sep 2005) from the Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48824, ‘Landscape plant material, size and design sophistication increase perceived home value’, Journal of Environmental Horticulture 23(3): pp127-133.
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