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#1 Wineandchocolate

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

How would you feel if the same car was parked in front of your house every day and you didn't know the owners?

I ask because I will be starting a new job next week where there is no all-day parking in the immediate area, so I thought I would park in the closest suburban street in which there is no restricted parking, and then walk.  But as it is a residential area, it means I would be parking in front of someone's house.

Obviously I could move my car a few metres further on every day (and even go to adjacent streets) so that I'm not always in front of the same house.  But I am a creature of habit biggrin.gif and would probably prefer to go to the same spot each time.

If you lived at that house, would you think it weird?  Annoying?  Creepy?  Not care?

I must admit that if I was home all day and someone did that to me it would frustrate me no end, but if I was out working (or not home for whatever reason) and didn't really notice it I don't think I'd care.


#2 snuffles

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

Happens all the time in the inner burbs.  My Aunt was quite used to it but now they've introduced permit parking so that only residents and their visitors can park there.  But yeah - I think they'll probably be used to it, otherwise they'll likely leave a note on your windshield asking you to park somewhere else.

#3 kadoodle

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

Is public transport an option?  Park and ride?

#4 ubermum

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

It depends on the street. If I lived in a big wide street that had enough room for parking and two cars to pass it wouldn't bother me. If I lived in one of those new estates where you can't swing a cat and people parking in front made it difficult or prevented my rubbish being collected, it would annoy me. It would also annoy me that you didn't rotate your spots if you could because I could never have my friends park out the front simply because you are a creature of habit.

Do it op, but don't park in front of the same house all the time. That's just rude.

#5 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:26 PM

The street is a public place and unless there is a legal reason such as residents only parking you are free to park wherever you wish.

#6 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

I wouldn't even think about it.

#7 Wineandchocolate

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

Is public transport an option?  Park and ride?

Not really as I have to drop DD at childcare on the way, plus I prefer to have my car nearby in case of emergency or if I want to go out during lunchtime, etc.

#8 *CalamityJane*

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

We lived in an inner suburb in our last house and had that all the time.  We didn't mind.  We had enough off street parking for both our cars but if we hadn't I might have been annoyed.

#9 Peppery

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

At a previous job I had to park in a residential street, I would make sure I didn't park too close to driveways so that the resident could easy manoeuvre out of their driveway.

#10 Wineandchocolate

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

The street is a public place and unless there is a legal reason such as  residents only parking you are free to park wherever you wish.

I understand that, but I guess I'm concerned about the possibility that people will get angry and damage/vandalise my car.  Not everyone is nice enough to leave a note only.

#11 katpaws

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

Last year we housesat a home that did not have off street parking and the owners had their car parked outside the house so we could not park there (we have two cars, one is a work car). We would park where we could, as no-one owns the street and the on street parking. At least we thought so. We had people in the street banging on the door "move your car" or we would find rude notes left on the car windscreens - "move your car, this is my parking space", "don;t you dare park here!". If we dared remove the notes the writer would place another one on the car. In the same street someone used witches hats to "mark" out what they considered their parking area, even though they had a double garage and did not always used this area to park in.

No-one owns street parking spaces. We often find cars outside our place on the street and it sucks having to find another place to park (we are redoing out backyard and can't get the cars in atm), but we don't own them nor are we "entitled" to them.

Park where you want, as long as it is legal, is what i say.

#12 Guest_LILLIANA1_*

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

If you parked in front of my house every day I would probably assume you had a hidden dope crop on our property and would call the police.  biggrin.gif  In the burbs, though, I wouldn't even notice.

#13 Funwith3

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

If there is no all day parking, wouldn't other people be doing the same thing as you? So therefore, you wouldn't be the only strange car parking in the residential street?

My work is in an office which is the only office in a residential street. I and a couple of other cars park in that residential street every day.

#14 Isolabella

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:37 PM

Yes no one owns the street, but if it is a location with no off street parking, neighbours generally do consider he space outside their house as " theirs". Nice neighbourly thing is not to park in neighbours spot. Most people in our street do adhere to this philosophy.

If there is too much issues getting parking, people will petition council to get the area permit restricted. This happened in a street which intersects ours.

#15 Blossom73

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

We live within 5 km of the CBD and it happens all the time. Does not phase me - I don't own the street in front of my house.

If you were sitting in it all all with the engine running? Different story.

#16 Fright bat

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

I wouldn't even notice.

People care about these things?

#17 *Lib*

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

Drives me nuts when people park outside our house, that's where I park. I know it's not my space but it still drives me nuts!

#18 Expelliarmus

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:51 PM

QUOTE (*Lib* @ 19/01/2013, 04:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Drives me nuts when people park outside our house, that's where I park. I know it's not my space but it still drives me nuts!

This. We have a single driveway and two cars and sometimes WE need the space out the front of our house to swap cars over and stuff. It actually irritates me immensely. If we had a double driveway I probably wouldn't care but right now it drives me absolutely bananas!

#19 blackcat20

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

I live a few blocks from the train station; we have the same set of cars parking in our street every day.

#20 *Lib*

Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

QUOTE (howdo @ 19/01/2013, 04:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This. We have a single driveway and two cars and sometimes WE need the space out the front of our house to swap cars over and stuff. It actually irritates me immensely. If we had a double driveway I probably wouldn't care but right now it drives me absolutely bananas!

We do too, we also have those pathetically thin streets, so my car is up on our grass, which I hate when someone else does it Tounge1.gif the main thing in our next house is a double garage....if I can give any advice to new buyers, get a double garage!!! What really irritates me is that the people that park out the front have a garage and a driveway they can use, but their garage is full of furniture and sh*t!

#21 cheekymonkeysmum

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

Wouldn't bother me it happens all the time here as we live basically next door to a large public school.

When i used to work in town i had to do what you have to Op no one minded and my car never got damaged.

#22 starfire

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

I can see both sides to the story - if someone parked in front of our house, we would be annoyed as it is a narrow street and is hard to see clearly when reversing out of our driveway so to have a car parked next to our driveway, it would add to the stress of backing out of our own driveway. And to add to it, there is already a car (owned by the people who live next door) parked permanently next to our house which makes turning into our driveway a bit tricky if coming in from one side.  Not a biggie but still annoying especially if it was done day in day out.

However in saying all of that, I would still park in a residental street and walk to work if it is not too far. Just be mindful of where you do park and try not to park in the same spot if you can help it out of respect.

#23 LynnyP

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

We live at the beach so, especially in summer, there are always cars parked outside our place and we just accept it.  Same as when we lived close to a park and ride place near the city.  However when I lived in deepest darkest suburbia and people would park outside my house I was affronted!  I imagine if there are lots of workers parking in the streets the residents would either get used to it or move away.

#24 Coffeegirl

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

A little off topic but,

A few years ago, I had a job where we were working out of a house in suburbia.  Not technically legal, but the company was in between premises and it was a stop gap. There was 5 of us in the office, so not enough parking on/in the driveway.

I used to park up the street on a verge (I think that is the right word) that other local residents also used and was at the end of a dead end steeet.   One day a local elderly resident lost control of her car and slammed into mine.   One of the neighbours walked up to tell me.   I wasn't fazed about the car, was more worried about the driver.   After speaking to her daughter and ensuring she was alright, I gave her my details for insurance.

A couple days later, the daughter rang to tell me that the local residents all thought we were running a brothel  rolleyes.gif  because they saw us go in,, but not come out for hours.  I couldn't stop laughing!  

We all started parking further away after that, and ended up moving out permanently a few weeks later.  

OP, I see no reason why you couldn't park there, but as others said, just be respectful of where you park.  I'm sure there are lots of other local workers who do the same thing.

#25 EssentialBludger

Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

I did it when I worked in Leederville. I wasn't paying $15 per day for parking, 6 days a week. ph34r.gif

I never really stopped to wonder if people thought it was strange... There were always heaps of cars parked along the residential areas.

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