Is it a good idea to live next door to a sibling?
April 24, 2014 10:49 AM Subscribe
My brother and I have the opportunity to buy two houses next to each other. We like each other. Is this a great idea or a terrible one?
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to Human Relations (37 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was planning on demolishing my house and building a new one on the lot. My brother has moved back to town and was looking to buy a house. He has located two properties fairly close to where I presently live (about a 5 minute drive/half-hour walk away) and is wondering if I want to buy one of them and then build the new one there. There are actually really big upsides to buying these properties as objectively they would be better places to live. (Quieter street, much bigger lot, more privacy from neighbours, closer to schools)
We've got a pretty good handle on the practicalities of making this all happen but are concerned about the possibility that such proximity may cause us to hate each other over time. We have always gotten along with each other (which is why we are considering this in the first place) and don't want something like this to ruin our relationship. I could also see this improving our relationship as we've been in different cities for most of the last 15 years (we would still see each other every month or two).
My wife and I are working on our own pros and cons list but would like some experiences from people who have lived in similar situations, good or bad.