Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : WHAT DOES YOUR NAPERVILLE MAILBOX SAY ABOUT YOU?

WHAT DOES YOUR NAPERVILLE MAILBOX SAY ABOUT YOU?

I enjoy taking walks around the neighborhood with my camera.  As a former runner with knee issues, I still enjoy getting out and enjoying the fresh air...

Walking is low impact, it can be social, and it doesn't cost anything.  It's just nice getting out of the house...

I lived awhile back in the Wheatland South neighborhood in Naperville.  I would walk those streets with family, and one day, armed with my camera, noticed a nice variety of mailboxes...

Now I haven't seen any studies, but I believe one's mailbox tells a lot about who they are...

Private?  Outgoing?  Pet loving?  Modern?  Classic?

So many different types of mailboxes.  So many different types of people...

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-Do you think the owner of this mailbox has any pets? 

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-This mailbox is perfect for the security conscious.  Perhaps they have had a mailbox taken out by local kids having some "fun".

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-This mailbox looks basic enough.  Crisp and clean, the bright white color and synthetic makeup causes it to stand out from the rest. 

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-This mailbox has certainly seen better days.  There are some large dents in the side.  I think some children have been practicing there rock throwing on this one!

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-This double mailbox shouldn't be messed with.  That is a serious wooden post.  Could be an environmentalist...

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-Ahhh.  A lovely pair of cardinals (the state bird of Illinois).  I think it's interesting that the male birds have such beautiful colors.

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-This charming mailbox, has a chimney and cedar shingles.  I was surprised to see the home didn't also have a cedar roof.

 

Mailbox in Naperville

-What do you think this owner does in his spare time?  What would a bass this size weigh?  Do you think the neighbors appreciate this mailbox as much as I?:) 

 

What does your mailbox say about you?

Ken Tracy
Broker
Keller Williams Infinity
630-697-0536
Ken@TracyRealtyGroup.com

Your Naperville Realtor

 

Comment balloon 61 commentsKen Tracy • October 29 2008 11:30AM

Comments

Great post. It's one of the first things you see when you first view a house. It all comes down to curb appeal.

Posted by Brian Belcher, Charlotte Realtor (RE/MAX Metro Realty) over 9 years ago

Here in Green Bay, a few people every year lose a mailbox due to the snowplows.  Sometimes it's a mercy killing.  LOL  I agree that the condition of the mailbox says a lot to a potential buyer.  Thanks for the great post.

Take care.

Posted by Cindy Leiterman, Green Bay, WI (Resource One Realty, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Cindy and Brian.  Thanks for reading.

I enjoyed writing (and shooting) this post.

I am glad you liked it.

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Ken,

What an awesome post. I love the pictures, especially the FISH!!

I never thought about it this way. You always make me think!!!!

Posted by Cherimie Crane (Cherimie Crane & Associates) over 9 years ago

Very entertaining post Ken. I especially enjoyed your narrative. A perfect way to start my day with a cup of my favorite tea (Earl Gray).

You certainly drew some interesting conclusions. They say you "can't judge a book by it's cover"...but perhaps you CAN learn something about your neighbors by their mailboxes!

Sadly, in my neighborhood we have those soul-less ugly cluster boxes. We'll have to resort to other means, I guess ;^(

Posted by Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona (RE/MAX Sedona) over 9 years ago

Great post. I escpecially like the Bass box. Unfortunately I live in a townhome community where we do not have individualized mail boxes. Maybe one day...

Posted by Darrell Walters (W. Darrell Walters) over 9 years ago

Ken,

Sounds like you really enjoy your walks with your kids. We do that with our kids as well...Life's too short to pass up a nice walk through our neighborhood...

Our HOA requires us to have the "standard" black plastic mailboxes...keeps everyone looking the same through the subdivision...

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) over 9 years ago

Hi Rebecca, Integrity, Beth, and Cherimie.  Thanks for reading.

I am glad this post is getting some nice reviews.  I thought it would be fun.

Thanks again everyone.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

I think you are right some are much nicer than others. Thanks for sharing the photos!

Betina

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 9 years ago

I think you are right some are much nicer than others. Thanks for sharing the photos!

Betina

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 9 years ago

Enjoyed the pictures.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Pat and Betina.  Thanks for reading.

I am glad you enjoyed the pics.

I enjoyed taking them.  It's always good to have fun while getting some work done.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

These are all very cute. But here in Arizona mail boxes like that are generally not allowed in areas. Home Owner Associations want uniformity and therefore all mail boxes in a given community need to be the same, painted the same and have no ornamentation. Most neighborhoods are HOA communities, so this is pretty much the case with mail boxes in all of Arizona -- at least in populated areas. In rural , non HOA areas there can be mail boxes that are more unique.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Ken - Love Love Love the Bass. hmmm, I can hear it now... the Bass ate my mail, sorry I couldn't pay the phone bill :-)lol

Posted by Judy Peterson, "Superb Service, Superb Results" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox&Roach Realtors ) over 9 years ago

Hi Bob, Carolin and Judy.  Thanks for reading.

I like the bass too.  No one has guessed the weight.

My guess would probably be 25 pounds.:)

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

So that leaves me with an idea.  Why wouldn't a Realtor customize their mailbox.  Imagine all the neighbors that walk past that mailbox.  Some may already know what you do and now others will know. We brand our cars or clothes, why not our mailboxes

Posted by Victoria over 9 years ago

Ken, cute post!!  My mailbox says "I'm neglected & the owner should have listened to his wife when she recommended letting the wood cure before painting."  His reward for not listening is having to repaint again this year because the paint peeled off.:)

Posted by Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc (Simply Staged Inc.) over 9 years ago

Ken, As Michele already said, cute post. And Victoria added an excellent idea.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 9 years ago

Great post Ken!

Mailboxes do say much...I created my own last year...it took many weeks...2"x6"s, 3/4"ply-wood, galvanized steel sheeting, 2" pipe, fine brass screws, copper sheeting, new box...all to make it snowplow-proof and (with muriatic acid and a grinder) look rusty and weathered...

Brett Fagan Custom Mailbox - Bozeman Montana

Brett Fagan

Posted by Brett Fagan Bozeman Montana Real Estate, Christie's Bozeman Luxury Real Estate - PureWest (Taunya Fagan Bozeman Montana Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Interesting neighbors you have!  :)

Posted by Darla Jensen (Edina Realty) over 9 years ago

what does a big silver cluster box say?

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) over 9 years ago

Ken-  What a cool idea to blog about mailboxes! I loved the fish one. You've got me thinking of what sort of mailboxes I will find if I go out looking in my area.

Brett- Yours is fantastic too!

Best,

Scott

Posted by Scott Cowan (RE/MAX Professionals) over 9 years ago

Hi Scott, Michael, Darla, Brett, Shirley, Michele, and Victoria.

Brett, your mailbox kicks booty.  That might be the best mailbox I have seen.

Michael, I am not sure.  Do you have a picture?

Victoria, interesting idea.  Might be a little "in your face" for me.

Thanks everyone for reading and commenting.

Ken

 

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Ken, there is a mailbox group on Flickr and I think Chris Griffith started it and posted on it here. You should find it and submit this post there.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Thanks Ken ... cute pictures!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 9 years ago

Humerous post, Ken!  I know the new subdivision I moved into is so boring, all the mailboxes are identical...

Posted by Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team (RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs) over 9 years ago

Mine is the same as everyone else.  The HOA won't allow us to change them.  Oh Well.

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) over 9 years ago

We live in a community with mailboxes, too. The folks next door have a train as their mailbox. It's cute. Our mailbox looks like the one the kids have been using as target practice. And that's because of the snowplows. They come down our street, we're on a school bus route, and blast what ever's in the road at the box, and completely trash it.

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Mine is kind of like the white one (third down) but it's black instead with the base of it painted to match my house...

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Marianne, John, Matt, Missy, and Woodlands.  Thanks for reading.

I am not on Flickr, I don't think?:) 

A mailbox group?  I guess I wasn't that original.

Too bad so many live in associations.  The man has got you down.

Another snowplow mailbox?  Green Bay and Colorado Springs are dangerous places to be a mailbox.

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

I did a post about something similar at one of our Lake communities. There they do Family name signs that line the road next to the driveways. I love that you did this! Great pictures.

 

Posted by Sarah Nopp over 9 years ago

Ken...

I enjoyed the tour of your neighborhood's mailboxes! Well done.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Ken- I love this post- all I could think was - What Andy Rooney is to 60 Minutes Ken is to ActiveRain! I love Andy Rooney's commentary and I love yours too! Great Job!

Posted by Barbara Carter, Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle (C21 Alliance Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Hi Barbara, Richard, Sarah and Emily.  Thanks for reading.

Lots of nice things being said.  Thank you.

Emily, yours sounds "simple class" as my wife and I would say.

Thanks again everyone.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Ken, Love your post!  For some reason, I love mailboxes.  In our subdivision they are all the same. Looks nice, but takes the fun out of it.  That large fish is a crack up!  My favorite is the birds, of course:)

Brett-KILLER mailbox.  That is fantastic!  You have missed your calling!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 9 years ago

That bass mailbox made me laugh.  Mailboxes definitely show a part of a person's personality.  One of my friends lived around the corner from a home decked out with a huge pink whale mailbox and we used it as a landmark when giving directions to her house.  Unique mailboxes do have their practical uses.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Jenn Neumann Deer, Surfside Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) over 9 years ago

Hi Jenn and Elizabeth.  Thanks for reading.

A vote for the birds.  The bass is winning.  And Bretts.

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

You're a freak.  I love it.  Plus you're getting the proverbial Featured Post.  Kudos and congrats.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Regional Vice-President (Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage) over 9 years ago

It's amazing how people's personality comes out through so many different ways. 

Posted by Robert W. Bowen (Equity Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Ken.. this is a very interesting post. I actually have brick mailbox. In some subdivisions, they are required to have matching mailboxes.... what would this say for each family... that they are in compliance with restrictions  ?  (LOL)

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 9 years ago

Most mailboxes here look pretty much the same but I do remember one that was a dolphin.  The picture you have with the huge wooden post is hilarious!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) over 9 years ago

Hi there,

Oh, I'd be too embarassed to show mine, I'm long over-due for a new one. I've seen a few of the fish-type in FL.  BTW, I loved Brett's, how cool is that?

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on your featured post... You are very amusing!!!

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) over 9 years ago

I often find myself asking seller to paint their mail boxes or get a new one if they are dented.  People do notice!

Posted by Jean Groesbeck, Broker, CRS, e-PRO, ABR, ASP, CNE, IMS (Coldwell Banker Bain) over 9 years ago

Ken,

My mailbox says that I am old and tired, go away after leaving the mail cya tomorrow.  OBTW, thanks mailperson for stopping today.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 9 years ago

They're interesting---love your photos.  In Hilton Head, every neighborhood has the same mailboxes, all painted a neutral color to blend in with nature.  Everything here is dedicated to respecting the environment.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 9 years ago

This post makes me pity the people who live in subdivisions that require all mailboxes be alike!!!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) over 9 years ago

Good morning Caren, Diane, Don, Jean, Judy, Lynda, Patricia, Roland, Robert, and Larry.  Thanks for reading.

I am sure getting a lot of mileage on mailboxes!:)

Don, are you really tired?:)

A vote for the big wooden post! (and another for Brett's).

Thanks again everyone, have a great day.

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

What a fun post Ken!  Unfortunately I live in one of those neighborhoods that "mandate" the mailboxes and they are too large for the fun wraps that go on the standard size mailbox.  I used to have about a dozen I would interchange based on the season. 

 

P.S. Love that stylish background you got too; I have wondered over to Marti's site to get my own!!

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com) over 9 years ago

Fish mailbox was a classic....boxes are pretty uniform around here...but I agree that a perception about the home or people who live there can be made as soon as you pull up.

Great post

Posted by Casey Joiner, Scenic Sotheby's International Realty (Scenic Sotheby's International Realty www.caseyjoiner.com) over 9 years ago

Hi Cindy and Casey.

Another fish vote!

Cindy, I like it to.  I am glad that one of my past posts helps.

Thanks guys,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

I love this post, unfortuantly my hoa mkaes all have white boxes

Posted by Tatyana Sturm, Denver Realtor, GRI, Denver/ Aurora CO Relocation (Exit Realty DTC) over 9 years ago

great story and even better pictures, it is a nice reminder of a little individuality, here in AZ, we have many communities governed by HOA (Homeowners Association) that do not allow for such freed ome of expression

Posted by James Wexler (wexzilla.com) over 9 years ago

Hi Tatyana and James.

So many HOA's!  The man has us down.:)

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Brett's mailbox is cool! Mine is boring. I used to have a wonderful copper mailbox on a black post, but the snowplow hit it and the Village would only replace it with a cheapy black one. I was bummed.

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) over 9 years ago

Hi Kelly.  Your old one sounds very nice.  Classy.

Too bad for snow plows!:)

Thanks for reading,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Mailboxes can truly add a little something special to someone's home. 

Posted by Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com) over 9 years ago

Hi Laura.  Yes they can.

Thanks for reading,

Ken

 

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 9 years ago

Hi _.  Thanks for reading.

I love the fish too.  I wonder if the neighbors do?

Thanks again,

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 9 years ago

Fun post Ken.. I always notice mail boxes and completely agree you. Must be a theme for Naperville because your examples can be found all around town. Now if I can just figure out what I'm telling my neighbors about me since mine has been missing its door for two years!  

Posted by Margaret Gehr (Chicagoland Home Staging LLC ) almost 9 years ago

Ken,

I found your site while searching for snow plow proof mailboxes.  My dad has designed an attractive one.  It rotates out of the way when hit by wet snow, which is usually what causes the damage.  See it at www.pushmemailstation.com

Now that I have my shameless plug out of the way, there is a locally owned mailbox shop in Naperville at http://www.mailboxworks.com.

Personally, the telephone pole mailbox is my favorite.

-Mark Wells

Posted by Mark Wells over 7 years ago

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