While most of us have the opportunity to scout apartments until we find the perfect home, the neighbors are usually left up to chance. I've heard horror stories right here on Apartment Therapy about dreadful neighbors and I feel lucky to have had almost all great experiences. This especially applies to my last neighbors, Jacqueline and Matt.One of the hardest things about leaving my last apartment was saying goodbye to Matt and Jac. And while I only moved a mile away, I now have to rely on coffee dates and chance encounters at shows around town to see them. Living next door to the pair, I could always count on a friend to talk to at the drop of a hat (we both had an "open door policy" — Mr. Rogers would've been proud).
My favorite memories of living in the 'hood involve afternoon strolls to the local coffee shop and long walks in the hilly but picturesque locale. We sometimes even shared hosting duties (our annual pumpkin carving soiree comes to mind). It also worked out well that both parties had cats, as we relied on each other to look after our feline friends when out of town. While I've had my share of good neighbors, I now know that the compatibility and friendship that came with Matt and Jac is a rare gift.
Apartment Therapy readers, who's your favorite past or present neighbor and why? Give that special neighbor a shout out.
Image: Inspiration: Tanya Sakolsky And Her Echo Park Photographs