The designation means that exterior improvements, not including painting and landscaping, are subject to city review. The neighborhood association provides residents with an array of resources to help them make historically appropriate changes to their homes--including a database of area homes and historical photographs to help ensure accurate renovations.
Beyond preservation, the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association deals with issues common to communities throughout the West: controlling traffic, keeping crime down. Residents also show their commitment by volunteering for such events as the annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour in April.
"In my old neighborhood," says Teresa Hartley, former association president, "I met three neighbors in nine years. Here I must know 25 really well. I told my husband, 'Just bury me here.'" - Matthew JaffeFor additional information on the neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven, call (626) 585-2172 or go to www.bungalowheaven.org.
Seabright, Santa Cruz, California.
A 300-member community association instills neighborly feeling with its quarterly historical newsletter.
Columbia City, Seattle. A terrific farmers' market and monthly Beat Walks - tours of restaurants - testify to the revitalization of this neighborhood.