I think it's cheaper and easier in the long run to be nice with your neighbors and invite them over for a barbecue every now and then. If you're gonna gig with the real thing, you have to practice on the real thing.
I'm working on that. I moved into a new neighborhood 6 months ago and have been doing what I can to make nice. I even took my neighbor's dog to the vet last week - a 3 hour ordeal!