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YOU MIGHT BE IN FOR PLAYDATES
Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan Tatum revealed to PEOPLE at a June Baby2Baby event that they’ll soon befriends and neighbors. Dewan Tatum’s daughter Everly, 4, can't wait to move in near Alba's daughters, Honor, 9, and Haven, 5. "Everly is very excited," the World of Dance host shared. "We walk by [the house] and she says, 'We're going to have friends soon?'"
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SOMETIMES IT'S SCARY
When Emmy Rossum walked next door to welcome her new neighbor, Justin Bieber, she was met with "scary" bodyguards and no warmth from the Biebs. "It was so surreal to me that I was like, 'I am not going to go ask for a cup of sugar over there,'" she said in a recent interview with SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning. (Former Bieber neighbors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard reported that he always blasted music, too.)
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THEY DON'T NECESSARILY LIVE THERE
When James Franco bought a compound in L.A.'s Silver Lake neighborhood in 2013, the actor/writer/student/everything didn't actually inhabit the home – he turned it into a "MAJOR production company," wrote one neighbor in an angry letter to Curbed, resulting in noise (at all times) and large white trucks and equipment blocking neighbors' driveways.
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THERE ARE PRIME PRANK WAR OPPORTUNITIES
If you're neighbors with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, don't even think about engaging them in a prank war – you'll lose, and you'll lose bad. An ongoing (but very fun-spirited) feud between neighbor Jimmy Kimmel and the couple ended last year in Kimmel's car gift-wrapped and filled to capacity with sparkly Christmas ornaments.
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SOMETIMES THERE'S TENSION …
You'd think living next to Miley Cyrus would be a nightmare, if she really does throw giant parties like the one in , but Cyrus is convinced her neighbor, Steve Carell, dislikes her for another reason: her reckless driving. "He always gives me the stank-eye because I drive so fast," she told Rolling Stone last year.
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… WHICH LEADS TO CONFRONTATION
He could have just left a passive aggressive note expressing his distaste for the plans in his L.A. condo complex's communal area, but no, Anthony Michael Hall had to go on a plant-uprooting rampage in 2011. When confronted, he threatened to beat his neighbor "to a pulp" before getting arrested for disturbing the peace.
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SERIOUSLY, IT CAN GET UGLY
In 2005, Sean Connery was sued by his downstairs neighbor, Burton Sultan, who claimed that the actor was attempting to force him out of his home and, since starting renovations a few years earlier, was a constant source of loud music, unpleasant odors, leaks and even rat infestations. "Connery's appearance and behavior was that of a rude, foul-mouthed, fat old man," court papers said.
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BUT OFTEN, ISSUES ARE OVERBLOWN
When Taylor Swift began construction work on her $17 million Rhode Island property – for which she had all the required permits – in 2014, her neighbors accused her of restricting access to a public beach that bordered her home. The Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission for Rhode Island found no problems with Swift's renovations, so clearly her neighbors are haters, and haters gonna hate, hate, hate …
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THEY CAN HELP OUT IN A PINCH
Last year, when Meryl Streep had a thanks to an uncooperative oven (the whole turkey had to be tossed), the actress emailed her building-mate (and foodie) Gwyneth Paltrow for help. Paltrow let Streep use her oven – "She has the best oven I have ever seen in my life," Streep shared – and whipped up some delicious sides to save the meal.
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