[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Friday_May_20_2011_5365.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Neighborly]]
Often in fiction the person who you have the crush on lives right next door. Comes in three types.

* The protagonist and the neighbor fall in love with each other.
* The protagonist loves the neighbor but they don't love the protagonist back. (Possibly because they're unaware of the crush.)
* The neighbor loves the protagonist and they most likely know, but just doesn't feel the same way.

This neighborhood love interest can over lap with or be confused with the GirlNextDoor who is average and wholesome femininity personified. He might not be able to resist the urge to take advantage on the situation and spy on her or he might visit her by EnterStageWindow.

Obviously, not really that rare in RealLife. It's been said that one of the more unusual side effects of the steam engine was that for the first time people weren't limited to marrying their neighbors.

Compare ChildhoodFriendRomance.
----

!!Examples

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': Amuro Ray's neighbour, Frau Bow has a substantial crush on him, and acts as his social crutch during their time at Side 7. Unfortunately, the war sees her sidelined and causes Amuro to distance himself from her, ending any hope of a relationship.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Mary Jane was the girl next door to Peter Parker's Aunt May in ''Comicbook/SpiderMan''. Also unusually for this trope they didn't meet through being neighbors but through Peter's Aunt May's and Mary Jane's Aunt Anna's attempt to set them up. Played much straighter in [[Film/{{Spider-Man}} the movies]] where MJ was Peter's neighbor since childhood.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'', Harold has a crush on his neighbor but is too shy to tell her.
* The FilmNoir ''Film/InALonelyPlace'' about a romance between two neighbors after their involvement in a criminal investigation.
* ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'': Matthew Kidman looks through his bedroom window into the bedroom of the house next door. He sees the girl next door who's as sexy as can be. She sees him looking at her and comes over to talk with him about it.
* Bryce moves in right across the street from Julie in ''Film/{{Flipped}}''. She sees him and decides that he's walking around with her first kiss. He takes the length of the movie to decide that she's kissable.
* ''WhateverItTakes'': Shane West is Jodi Lyn O'keefe's neighbor, who, after chasing the [[AlphaBitch wrong girl.]], finally realities he had more in common with his friend, and the girl next door. Various scenes are heavily based on their balconies facing each others'
* ''DriveMeCrazy'' where the protagonists are neighbors who use, then fall in love with each other.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh'' Layla walks over to Will's house so they can walk to the bus stop together.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Literature and Folklore ]]

* Many interpretations and reiterations of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' have the dueling families of the Capulets and the Montagues come from neighboring houses making the romance between Romeo and Juliet an example.
* Pyramus and Thisbe from Ovid's ''Literature/TheMetamorphoses'' live in connected houses, but they're forbidden to see each other because of their parent's rivalry. They communicate through a crack on the wall.
* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheBible'', David and Bathsheeba being nearby each other (so that he could see into her bath).
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' opens with Mr Bingley, a wealthy young bachelor, moving into Netherfield house in the neighbourhood of the Bennet family. His friend Mr Darcy quickly notices that Elizabeth Bennet is agreeable but not handsome enough to tempt him.
** ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' eventually ends up with Mr Knightley, a longtime friend and neighbor of her family's.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/That70sShow'' had Eric living next to Donna. They eventually hook up and even get engaged.
* In ''CougarTown'', Jules and Grayson had UnresolvedSexualTension in season 1; since it was resolved, in season 2, they have a full relationship.
* ''{{Friends}}'': Monica and Chandler live across the hall from each other for years and eventually fall in love and get married. Though its hard to tell the difference between before and after they move in together, given they practically lived in each other's apartments all along.
** It's a rather ironic example if you consider the fact that [[spoiler:they had to go to London, of all places, to very unexpectedly hook up]]
* Freddy lives across the hall from Carly in ''Series/ICarly'' and [[LoveAtFirstSight he's loved her since the day they've met]].
* In ''Series/FamilyMatters'' Urkel loves Laura. Laura's less than thrilled.
* The ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "The Platinum Rule" is about this as the gang is trying to explain to Ted why he shouldn't go on a date with his dermatologist, the title refers to Barney's colorary to The Golden Rule (misinterpreted, obviously): "You can love thy neighbor, but never, ever love thy neighbor." The plot follows how not heeding this rule comes out badly for the others.
** The episode "The Window" is about Ted chasing after the ultimate GirlNextDoor, though he looses to the ultimate boy next door.
* ''Series/FamilyTies'': neighbor boy Skippy has an unrequited crush on Malorie.
* Leonard (and Sheldon, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn surprisingly]]) almost immediately has a crush on their new neighbor Penny from across the hall in the pilot episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. The majority of the early seasons has Leonard pining for Penny; eventually, they start dating.
* Lana Lang lives so close to Clark in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' that he can spy on her through his telescope.
* On ''Series/{{Dollhouse}},'' Paul's neighbor Mellie has a crush on him, and they eventually get together. [[spoiler:It turns out she's a Doll who was planted there for that specific reason]].
* On ''Series/SisterSister,'' Roger has a crush on Tia and Tamara. They each briefly reciprocate [[ShesAllGrownUp eventually]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TaylorSwift in the music video of her song ''You Belong With Me'' is able to write messages and hold them up to her bedroom window to show her crush. He writes back because she's his friend.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In the play ''Theatre/OurTown'', George and Emily live next door to each other.
* Philia in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' is the ''courtesan'', who only just moved to her pimp's house a little before the show starts. She's wholesome, HollywoodHomely and actually does live next door.
* InvokedTrope in ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'', when the neighboring fathers of the main characters build a wall between their homes to "prevent" their children from falling in love.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' Netto and Mayl are next door neighbors. The get married in the epilogue.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* This trope is the basic premise of ''VisualNovel/SerendipityNextDoor'', a RomanceGame in which all of the prospective love interests live in the same apartment building as the protagonist. One of them, Masaomi, occupies the apartment immediately next door to hers.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Webcomic/KarateBears totally [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/05/good-neighbor.html have a crush on the neighbor.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the WhateleyUniverse, it seems to be an issue in co-ed dorms at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. Fey with Bugs, Chaka with Riptide, Phase with Vox...

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* From ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', the Test Twins are attracted to the neighbor boy Gil.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Isabella is attracted to Phineas, but he doesn't reciprocate, mainly because he is too young. Heavily implied to eventually become a two-way relationship in "Quantum Bungaloo".
** Well, it's implied that she'll wind up with Phineas ''or'' Ferb. It's an example either way.
* Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' grew up as next door neighbors.
* From ''SchoolhouseRock,'' the story of Mr. Morton and Pearl.