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Meet the Neighbours: Helpful Tips on Next-Door Introductions

Life | Written on February 18, 2015

Moving into a new building, it’s always nice to know who your neighbours are, you may not be knocking door-to-door or plan a Tupperware party to do that however. Not only are those methods outdated, but they’d have the opposite reaction you’d like to evoke out of new acquaintances! Meeting neighbours requires a little more tact than it did in the past but it’s definitely possible, and what’s more…if you’re determined yet welcoming, those meetings can lead to lasting friendships. We’ve gathered some tips on how to find that special balance on how to meet your neighbours.

 

Keep It Simple

Start off with a simple “Hello”. You don’t want to come on too strong, so baking cookies and leaving them at your neighbour’s front door is not the best way of introducing yourself. The next time you come across your building mates in the elevator or lobby, smile, say hello and let the conversation flow from there.

A simple "hello" speaks volumes

A simple “hello” speaks volumes

 

Let it Happen Organically

Don’t force things. Which is to say, don’t go knocking on people’s doors or follow them around to introduce yourself. While it’s nice knowing your neighbours, privacy is also very important and you don’t want to infringe on a person’s space. When you see someone, asses the situation and if it feels like the right moment say your hello’s.

 

Use Your Building’s Amenities

The best place to meet your neighbours would be in the communal spaces you share in your building. It’s a space you and others in your condominium go to for leisure time, which is also when people feel most relaxed. The pool, games room or party area are great areas where it’s acceptable and inviting to strike up a convo.

 

Hang out in your Neighbourhood

It’s called Liberty Village for a reason! An area that truly has a community feel while being located in a big city, Liberty Village houses a wide array of individuals while making it easy to bump into familiar faces frequently. There are so many local shops and restaurants to make your local hangout, soon it can feel like everyone there will know your name.

Exploring your hood is a surefire way to bump into neighbours

Exploring your hood is a surefire way to bump into neighbours

 

Get Involved in Neighbourhood Clubs

This method is tried, tested and true. There really is no better way to meet your neighbours than joining a club or helping out a cause that directly benefits your area. To find out what’s going on in your community there’s the Liberty Village Resident’s Association. For avid readers Liberty Village Book Club or if you’re looking to hang out with other women, Ladies of Liberty Village is a wonderful option. There’s even a Board Game Club for Monopoly lovers (or Cards Against Humanity if that’s more your thing).

Liberty Village Residents Association come together for community initiatives. Photo via Liberty Village Residents Facebook

Liberty Village Residents Association come together for community initiatives. Photo via Liberty Village Residents Association’s Facebook

 

Take your Pup for plenty of Walks

How could we create this list without suggesting an expedition with your furry friend? Liberty Village is one of the city’s neighbourhoods with the most dogs so you’ll be sure to run into others with pups as eager to make new friends as you. After that, you can all go exploring together!

Taking your dog for a walk allows for the both of you to make friends

Taking your dog for a walk allows for the both of you to make friends