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jeffandnicole:

--- Quote from: vdeane on June 10, 2023, 08:51:58 PM ---The fact that I can no longer use my apartment as a sanctuary where I can pretend the rest of the world doesn't exist.  There's a family across the courtyard that is on their balcony CONSTANTLY at all hours of the day, and their view from their balcony goes directly into my living room window.  It's fairly random too, so I can't count on specific hours as being safe to have my blinds open without them looking at me.  It all started a month ago; I don't know where they were the first month I was in my current apartment, whether they just moved in or were on a long vacation, but it's really annoying.  I'm not sure what it is; the people in buildings 4, 5, and 6 don't use their balconies, but the people in buildings 2 and 3 do.  Unfortunately the people who use them the very most (to the point where I think they could save some money by renting only the balcony and letting someone else rent their apartment!) are also in a prime position to stare at me.

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When we moved into our rancher, we figured it would be a starter house.  22 years later, we're still here.  One of the reasons why is there's only ranchers to the left and right of us, and no houses behind us.  Because of the privacy fence, we can be in our backyard out of the view of all of our neighbors, especially at ground level. 

So yeah, I get this.  Even though they're probably not really caring what you're doing or even taking notice, just the thought that they could can be nerving, and reduces that privacy you enjoyed for so long.

GaryV:
Why would people rent an apartment with a balcony if they never intended to use the balcony?

This seems like people who get a house near the airport and then complain about all the noise. Or buy a rural lot and build a dream home, only to complain that the century-old farm next door smells.

thspfc:
Personally Iíve always thought courtyards are ugly, and being in view of a bunch of other apartments is another minus. Iíll stick to outward-facing apartments.

algorerhythms:

--- Quote from: GaryV on June 11, 2023, 06:45:09 AM ---Why would people rent an apartment with a balcony if they never intended to use the balcony?

This seems like people who get a house near the airport and then complain about all the noise. Or buy a rural lot and build a dream home, only to complain that the century-old farm next door smells.

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I live in an apartment with a balcony. I put my plants out on the balcony but I donít use it for anything else, because the road my apartment is on is too loud to use the balcony. Itís a 50 km/h speed limit road, but in Ontario that means the typical driver is doing at least 70 on it.

ZLoth:

--- Quote from: jeffandnicole on June 10, 2023, 10:10:12 PM ---When we moved into our rancher, we figured it would be a starter house.  22 years later, we're still here.  One of the reasons why is there's only ranchers to the left and right of us, and no houses behind us.  Because of the privacy fence, we can be in our backyard out of the view of all of our neighbors, especially at ground level.
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When my parents purchased their home in 1977, they had only intended to stay in it for a few years before moving to a better home. That... didn't quite work out, and in the 1980s, the fixed mortgage rates were around 12-18%. After my father passed, my mother kept the house until the move to Texas in early 2019. It was in a corner of Sacramento county where the only viable internet for several years was a DSL connection, plus many items such as entertainment, job, and such were at least 30 minutes away (thank you Sunrise Bridge in Fair Oaks).

This played a major factor when I relocated to North Dallas, Texas. I know I paid a price premium compared to other nearby areas. The closeness to work, shopping, and light rail stations to both downtown and the upcoming Silver Line make it all worth it, especially since I don't have to deal with the President George Bush Parking Lot during commute times as people transition to the almost-as-congested US-75. And, its also nice to be on the same circuit as the nearby medical center which means I have power no matter what. The bad part? My across-the-alley neighbor died on January 1st, and I think her Karin-type daughter is either moving on, or is preparing that home for sale.

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