Ask anyone what makes a neighborhood great and odds are they’ll tell you it’s the neighbors.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in Clairmont-Four Seasons, located off Henry Clay Boulevard between Buckley and Wetzel roads.
“It is a neighborhood of people caring for people,” said Homeowners Association President Russ Mitchell, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 34 years. “We are committed to the principles of Neighborhood Watch and look after each other. We hold monthly Homeowners Association meetings and make sure the community is notified of all activities. We have kids who grew up in the neighborhood moving into the neighborhood. There are people who have added on to there homes and have decided this would be their final location. We partner with community organizations and churches to support our neighborhood activities and make activities available during school breaks and during the summer.”
Mitchell gave an example of the sense of community in the neighborhood.
“We had a house fire in the neighborhood this summer where the house was consumed by the fire,” he said. “The outpouring of love and concern by residents was second to none as they offered all kinds of help to the family. A collection was taken for the family and the neighborhood responded with more than $2,500. The house was gutted and rebuilt and by Christmas the family of three and the dog were back in our neighborhood. They never thought about ever leaving the neighborhood.”
While the neighbors are the prime advantage, the 326-home subdivision, established in 1965, has many other amenities, including a Neighborhood Watch program and a town-maintained green area. Its homeowners association distributes a monthly newsletter, “The Clarion,” which keeps residents up-to-date on activities, refuse collection, trash collection, new residents, babysitters, happenings around the town,in the community and in the neighborhood and safety tips. It also hosts numerous annual activities — an Easter egg hunt, a picnic and ice cream social in August, a Halloween parade and a luminary display every Christmas Eve.
The homes, Mitchell said, are well-maintained and a great value for families.
“Homes normally sell in a maximum of two weeks and have been known to sell in 24 hours,” he said.
And it’s not just great for new or existing residents.
Former neighbors also have a soft spot for Clairmont-Four Seasons, going so far as to create a Facebook page, “Growing Up in Clairmont,” to keep in touch.
“The people are what makes this neighborhood unique,” Mitchell said. “These are the things that make our neighborhood a great place to live.”
Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review and the Baldwinsville Messenger. The 2012 winner of the Syracuse Press Club's Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award, she has been with Eagle Newspapers since 2006. She is a Liverpool native.