The idea of being friends with your neighbour is high on the agenda for people on the Isle of Wight with more than a third wanting to know them better.
Research from Barratt Homes reveals that the desire for community spirit is alive and well and those living in new homes are leading the way. They are already the most likely to socialise with their neighbours with 15% of those living in new homes socialising with their neighbours compared with just five per cent of those living in older properties.
Almost 20% living in new builds have their neighbours on social media, compared to just five per cent of those in older homes. And those questioned highlighted making new friends, feeling part of the community and having someone close to rely on as key reasons for wanting to be friends with next door.
Speaking about the importance of design in creating new communities, Michelle Storer, sales director at Barratt (pictued above) said:
“Creating places where people want to live is just as important as the quality of individual homes.
“All the developments Barratt builds are carefully designed thinking about how the new neighbourhood will work particularly in terms of the way open and shared space can be used by the new local community.”
She said it’s not just physical design that’s important.
“As this research shows there’s more to a great home than just bricks and mortar. Knowing that you live in a community that is safe and a great place to bring up your children gives you real peace of mind.”