With so many residents living in close proximity, you would think everyone would know each other in a townhouse community, but that’s not always the case. As a new resident in a townhouse community, I’m learning the ins and outs of the lifestyle. While the townhouse format makes it easier to meet neighbors, it does take some work to build a true community feeling.
Don’t stay cooped up in your townhouse. Spend time outdoors to better connect with your neighbors. Most communities have some sort of common outdoor space where people tend to gather. That might be the green space in front of the buildings or a courtyard. Figure out where your neighbors hang out and go there too.
Make a Facebook Page
A Facebook page is a great way to help neighbors stay connected. Even if your homeowner’s association doesn’t have a page, you can set up an unofficial page for neighbors to communicate. It’s a great place to make announcements, such as upcoming work in the community. It’s also a way for residents to ask questions or find out if other people are experiencing the same problems as them.
Most homeowner’s associations that take care of townhouse communities host regular meetings for residents. If the association doesn’t have regular meetings, push them to start. This is your chance to communicate with those in charge and with your neighbors. Going to a meeting helps the residents bond and join together to get improvements made. If you see the opportunity to attend a community meeting, take it.
Not much happening in your townhouse community? Make an effort to plan events to encourage neighborhood participation. If the community has a clubhouse, use it to host a kids’ holiday party, for example. Or get some of your neighbors to help plan a community picnic or party. These events bring the residents together and give people a chance to meet.
Watch out for Others
One thing that makes a community great is a group of residents who look out for one another. Take the initiative to look out for your neighbors. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Get to know your neighbors personally so you know when something isn’t right. Often it just takes one or two people to put forth the effort to get everyone to investing more in each other.