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Helpful Ways to Welcome a New Neighbor



Welcoming a new neighbor is not only a polite gesture, but possibly the start of a long-lasting friendship.┬áIt’s always good to have people in your corner while you’re away or in case of an emergency. Here are some helpful tips on making your new neighbors feel welcome in your neighborhood.

Prepare a hot dish

Rather than your typical pie or tray of cookies, make a hot meal for your neighbors to eat on the spot. Between the packing and unpacking, there’s barely time for a cup of coffee! Preparing a meal for your new neighbors will allow them to have a wholesome meal amidst their hectic moving schedule. Also, consider providing them with paper plates and disposable utensils. This will make cleanup a breeze.

Host a barbecuehotdog

When the time is right, hosting a casual backyard barbecue is an excellent way to introduce new neighbors to your family and friends. Be sure to let them know that it’s causal and there’s no need to bring anything special. This will keep the gathering light and stress-free. Don’t forget to invite next-door neighbors and anyone that you see regularly.

Ask if they need anything

One of the best ways to welcome a new neighbor is by offering to pick things up at the grocery store. Chances are, you have to go to the grocery store anyway. Why not offer to pick up some bread or milk for your new neighbor? At a time such as moving, having the additional stress of going to the grocery store may be too difficult for someone who already has a full plate.

Put yourself Cute exotic couple happily enjoyingin their shoes

We can try our best to greet someone new, however, it may not pan out the way we would like. In that case, try putting yourself in your neighbors shoes. Maybe they don’t want to be greeted or their lifestyle is completely different than yours. If you don’t click instantly, keep an open mind. You don’t have to be friends with every one of your neighbors, but it’s important to maintain good relations with one another.

Moving from another town or place can be uncomfortable and overwhelming for everyone, but when you’re greeted with warm smiles and nice people, it can make all the difference. Being there for your neighbor from the start can make life a lot easier for them and in the end, for you too!

Felicia Walkins is a freelance writer for Jackson Twenty-one. Connect with her on .

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How to Be a Good Neighbor

Chocolate chips cookiesHaving neighbors can lead you to great friendships or enemies, depending on whether or not you take the appropriate steps towards being a good neighbor. If this is a new concept for you, make sure you pay close attention to what’s next. Here are some easy tips to follow in order to be a good neighbor!

Bake cookies

What’s more welcoming than receiving a batch of freshly baked cookies from your new neighbors? Just as nice as you think that is, remember how important it is to pay it forward. When you have new neighbors move in next door to you, give them a warm welcome with baked goods. It shows that you care and you’re making an effort to be friendly and will ultimately leave a great impression with your new neighbors.

Be polite and say hello

When you first notice your new neighbors moving in, introduce yourself and offer to help. Chances are they won’t accept your offer, but it’s the thought that counts, right? It’s a great ice-breaker as well, and will create an opportunity to chat a little bit about who they are, where they’re coming from and you’ll learn more about them! You could even make this an opportunity to exchange numbers for future plans.

Don’t gossip

Most apartment buildings have fairly thin walls, but once you get to know your neighbors, don’t waste your time and energy gossiping. Not only can gossip turn into something much worse than just talking but it is also immature and can destroy relationships. The biggest no-no is gossiping to neighbors about other neighbors. Remember – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all!

Be conscientious

If your neighbors work different schedules than you or don’t follow the same lifestyle as you, it’s important to be conscientious of this. Whether it’s the morning or evening, just consider how you would feel if you were trying to sleep and your neighbor was being noisy. As long as you’re treating your neighbor the way you would want to be treated, you should have no problems.

Be open about any issues

If you do find yourself having issues with your neighbor, it’s better to clear the air earlier rather than later. Confront the issue in a kind and mature manner and express your concerns. This is a much better way to handle the situation as opposed to sending angry letters or getting your landlords involved. Most of the time, issues can be resolved with just a little bit of communication before anything escalates.

Felicia Walkins is a freelance writer for Jackson Twenty-one. Connect with her on .

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About the Jackson Twenty-One Community

Now that you have the background story of Mitch Leigh, the man who dreamed up the concept of Jackson Twenty-One, it’s time we hone in on what this community is all about. The future of Jackson Twenty-One is bright, and there are many components that will be the foundation of this village. Today we will take you through the various facets of the community and briefly discuss each part!

The Village Green

After growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Mitch Leigh had a dream to live in an area that has a homey, small town feel, but also has the fun and excitement of a big city. This is why he decided to build The Village Green, a large public meadow where people can spend their days basking in the sun, throwing a football or simply just go for a walk. The area itself is also suited for large gatherings such as community events, picnics, parades, concerts and fireworks. Surrounding The Village Green will be a slew of wonderful dining options, boutiques, entertainment centers and luxury apartments.

La Colonie des Artistes

Being a creative individual and a lover of the arts, Mitch Leigh focuses on embracing that passion for the arts with La Colonie des Artistes. This part of Jackson Twenty-One will be similar to a village in Paris, with artists, writers, performers, craftspeople and more filling this neighborhood with liveliness and color! Included in this community will be apartment rentals, live-work spaces with retail shops, music, dance and gymnastic studios, a plaza for street art and entertainment, and dining options such as cafes and bakeries.

The Gardens

When you think of New Jersey, I’m sure scenic and rural aren’t how you’d describe the state. The Gardens of Jackson Twenty-One will be sure to change that perception though, and give you the look and feel similar to that of a beautiful, English manor. The Gardens aren’t meant to be like any other apartment complex either. The purpose is to be unique in the fact that it’s a modern living space surrounded by tree-lined streets and beautiful landscaping. The Gardens will feature one to two bedroom rentals, a recreation with a swimming pool, quiet, one-way streets, secluded parking courts, and concealed trash facilities.

The Quads

The Quads, similar to The Gardens, will consist of one to two bedroom apartments that offer the comfort and convenience that most apartment communities don’t offer. Within each quad area will be a beautiful private park where you can do anything from read a book to sit under a tree and draw a picture. There will also be bike paths and trails for active community members.

The Woods

The Woods is considered to be the most rustic community in Jackson Twenty-One, with protected, wide-open spaces that have a country feel and all the scenery you could ever ask for. This community includes one to two bedroom rentals, a recreation center, swimming pool, walking and bike trails and wide open spaces for plenty of activity!

The Townhomes

If you’re looking for a more traditional community with perhaps a little more space, The Townhomes have what you need. With two to three bedroom homes for sale, The Townhomes would be a wonderful place to call your own. These homes include private garages and driveways, a dedicated recreation center with a swimming pool, and more space than you could ever hope for.

Plaza La Mancha

Named after “Man of La Mancha”, which Mitch Leigh composed and produced, this neighborhood identifies with the Spanish culture and their lust for life. The neighborhood is meant to inspire you with it’s beautiful architecture, shops, dining options and rhythms of traditional Spain. Plaza La Mancha will be offering numerous apartment rentals, dining options and a main plaza for gatherings and fiestas.

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