Getting to know your neighbors can make you feel more comfortable with your surroundings and open you up to people and experiences that you might not get a chance to have on your own. The Lake of the Ozarks luxury condominiums at Isla Del Sol is a wonderful community full of great people, both full-time local residents and second-home weekenders. Tomorrow, May 30, is Neighbor Day, so here are a few ideas for you to easily get out and meet your neighbors. These will work whether you live in our beautiful waterfront condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks or any other neighborhood.
Start with a wave and a smile
Even if you are a little shy, the easiest thing to do is to simply smile and wave a friendly hello from your front door. This is a simple way to break the ice and let others know that you are approachable. A smile can brighten anyone's day and is quite often contagious. You are much more likely to strike up a conversation with a happy person than with someone that looks cranky.
Get out and enjoy what your area has to offer. You are bound to run into others that live close by. Isla Del Sol Condominiums offers lots of amenities on our private island for residents to enjoy together. Swim at the pool, take a daily walk or run around the paths, or even spend a little time fishing or just relaxing on the boat dock. If you are a pet owner, meet others in the dog walking area. This works for other communities too. Visit a nearby park or shop local businesses close by. People in your neighborhood will be there too.
Throw a party
If you are an outgoing personality that enjoys entertaining, send an invitation to your neighbors to join you for a cocktail party or even a potluck. You can host it at your home, a local bar or restaurant, a park, or by the pool. A public spot might make it less intimidating for someone that you haven't met yet.
Start a group or club
Do you have small children? Start a playgroup for others with kids. Do you love to read? Start a book club. Strike up conversations with others when you are out and about. You are bound to find similar interests with your neighbors, and many may be excited to meet and explore these interests further.
Welcome new neighbors
Take the first step with people that are just moving in. Send over a "welcome to the neighborhood" note or plate of baked goods. Offer to show them the fun spots in the area. If you make them feel welcome, you are one step closer making some new friends.
Be a good neighbor
Being friendly goes a long way, but if you are inconsiderate of the people living around you, all the smiles in the world may never work. Don't take up their parking spaces. Don't stay up super late at night making loud, disturbing noises. Basically, treat your neighbors the way you want to be treated.
Try a few of these things, or come up with a few of your own. Tomorrow simply saying "Happy Neighbor Day" is a perfect conversation starter. If you let your neighbors know that you are open to a friendship, you have taken the first step in getting to know those living around you a little better. At Isla Del Sol, we want all of our residents to feel welcome and comfortable in our private condominium paradise. Every community can benefit from neighbors getting to know each other.
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