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Who would make good neighbour?

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 interesting results

Despite studies claiming that we don’t 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.

Famous neighbours

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 wouldn’t 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.

Famous neighbourhoods

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 wouldn’t want to live in any of the areas they see on TV. Australia’s 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% respectively.

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 it’s not surprising that only 6% say they consider friendly neighbours important when they’re 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 (33%).

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 and ladders.

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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