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It can be hard to get to know your neighbors these days, as everyone leads busy lives and schedules.

But don't despair! Knowing the people that live in your community is a great way to achieve a sense of belonging and help you feel comfortable in your home. Here are some simple (and fun!) ways to get to know those who share your neighborhood.

Use Your Apartment Amenities

If your community has shared amenities, like a fitness center, media room, or business office, a great way to meet and get to know your neighbors is by spending time in these areas. If you happen to live in a luxury apartment community, you will also have the opportunity to get to know your neighbors by using the pool, the outdoor grills, and the gardens. Some of our properties even have a private dog park, like Stone Falls of Ada and WaterStone at Carriage Trails, which is a great reason to socialize yourselves and your pooches!

Host a Party

Think of this as a good old fashioned 'meet and greet'. Many of our apartments have a community room, so it's easy to host a get-together that is open to everyone. Use a fun theme to help break the ice, or arrange a casual 'drop in' event with light refreshments and snacks. Don't forget to advertise! Ask your property manager about the best way to spread the word. 

Setup Play Dates or Start a Club

If you live in one of our single family rentals, why not reach out and set up play dates with the kids? This is not only a great way for you to get to know newbies and existing neighbors, but will give your little ones a chance to make new friends too.

If you live in a 55+ community like Valley Creek, or you just prefer the company of adults, consider arranging a club for like-minded people. Your club could center around active hobbies like gardening, cooking or photography. Or, think about a club that gets people engaged in discussion such as a book club, wine tasting or creative writing. Not only will you get to know your neighbors, but you may even find a great new friend that shares common interests!

When In Doubt, Strike Up a Conversation

If you don't want to go out of your way to meet people en masse, use the tried and tested method of just talking to others! While this might seem like common sense, many people forget that friendships and acquaintances are often started by an impromptu conversation and don't require much effort! If you're friendly and approachable, others will naturally be drawn to you.