See the wooded lots on either side of our house? We were fortunate to have that seclusion for 5 years. Then, one day in the Spring of 2005 I came home from work to find the trees on both of those lots cut down and the lots prepped to build.
Once the houses started going up it was evident that we did not want to live ten feet away from our neighbors. Yes, we knew we had built in a zero lot line area, but I don't think we really understood just how close 10' from our neighbors would be. We concluded that we 1) wanted a one story home; and 2) we wanted some distance between our neighbors. Don't get me wrong. We adored our neighborhood and loved the people on our little street. We were true neighbors who watched out for each other, fed pets and watered flowers when someone was out of town. And just like the times of my childhood, we actually, from time to time, borrowed a cup of sugar and eggs from each other. Leaving our neighborhood was going to be the hardest thing about selling the house.
Took a while, but once the house sold our search for an acre was on. We didn't dream it would take 5 years to have house and land come together once again for us.