Who You Live Near Is More Important Than Where You Live

Reflecting on my life, I realize that most people make real estate decisions based on real estate. Do I like this house? Would it be easy to commute from this neighborhood? But strong human relationships are what make us happy, and we ought to give more thought to the people we want to be near. In my last neighborhood, I got very lucky… but I didn’t know that when we moved in.

This doesn’t necessarily mean picking people just like us, or those with whom we share values. It depends on who you are. Sometimes the vibrancy of a community stems from its diversity.