My sister Holly's house is adobe style, you know, Alamo looking. It's a comfy two bedroom with a sizeable back yard, like my x-wife (joke, never married), that I'd guess lays 1,000 to 1,200 or so square feet.
Her house is in a neighborhood of houses that stand less then 30 feet apart. That's close in my mind, but I assume not unusual for a classic American neighborhood.
Lounging in Holly's cinder-block-walled backyard you'd never know you weren't miles from the next neighbor. Thirty feet apart is plenty enough.
Holly's neighborhood is quiet as cotton. I'm roam it mostly during the day, when folks are working, but even at night and on weekends, I rarely see anyone out and about working around their homes. It's been quiet like that every time I visit, and I'd accepted it as an odd and unique characteristic of Albuquerque, N.M.
While visiting her, I realized that if you walk around a neighborhood in Vermont, you don't necessarily see anyone out and about either, really. I'll travel up and down the road I live on for days without seeing neighbors.
So there you have it. The Nob Hill section of Albuquerque, and mostly the entire state of Vermont, are places people spend a great deal of time inside. If you like to be out and about pampering and tinkering on your home, you'll be the exception, but not necessarily exceptional.
My travels far and near have shown me that American's as a whole don't work on or around their homes much. Now don't get all cranky with me. I said as a whole, I'm sure you work around your home a ton. I'm saying, for those of us who work on our homes, the amount of time we spend is very little, relative to the amount we could spend.