Who would make
Ramsey Street or Walford? Alan Titchmarsh or Kylie? A survey of where we
would like to live and who we would like to live next door reveals some
Despite studies claiming that we dont actually know who lives next
door to us anymore, let alone talk to them, Halifax have asked the public
who they would most like to live next to and which fictional neighbourhood
they would like to live in.
Alan Titchmarsh is the celebrity most people would like to live next door.
The gardening guru captured 28% of the vote, perhaps because he would be
able to help out in the garden if needed.
15% of people wouldnt want to live next door to a celebrity, while
11% would like to be so lucky to have Kylie Minogue as their neighbour. Graham
Norton came fourth with 9%; Robbie Williams was fifth with 7% but only 4%
would like to be able to pop round to the Beckhams if they run out of sugar.
Life in a farming village is preferable to living in the East End of London,
according to the responses given when people were asked which fictional
neighbourhood they would like to live in.
Emmerdale came out top with 35% of the vote, although 21% of people said
they wouldnt want to live in any of the areas they see on TV.
Australias Ramsay Street, home of Neighbours, came third with 17% with
the New York setting for Friends getting 11%. EastEnders Albert Square
and Coronation Street were down at the bottom of the list, with 6% and 5%
Does everybody need good neighbours?
The Halifax survey also asked people about their attitudes towards neighbours.
Only 27% of people said they were annoyed by their neighbours, with excess
noise the most common complaint.
People rarely move out of a location because of the area or neighbours, with
only 13% saying they had done just that. So its not surprising that
only 6% say they consider friendly neighbours important when theyre
hunting for a home.
Despite that, a third of us make the effort to meet our new neighbours on
the day we move in, while 42% would trust the people next door to look after
their children, which is more than would trust them to pay an overdue bill
When it comes to borrowing the proverbial cup of sugar or anything else for
that matter, less than half of us have actually done it. Of those who have,
the most common things to borrow include gardening equipment, tools, food
So it seems neighbourly spirit is not dead after all, even if Alan Titchmarsh
isn't on hand to take a look at those troublesome rhododendrons.
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