I live no less than a 5 minute walk from my in-laws. Have done for the last 5 years or so. At first I thought there would be heaps of problems, but I liked the apartment I was moving into. So I took a chance. Sure enough thou, I had to lay down the law pretty quick. I told them I don’t want them coming over to my house ALL the time, nor should they expect me to go over there all the time. They were a bit shocked at first, but after they thought about it a bit, they realized it was for the better.
I’m sure they suspect I’m a little mentally ill. Early on in my marriage I told them I didn’t like to go to every familiy reunion or BBQ. Which happen pretty much every weekend, as hordes of cousins, uncles aunts etc descend on my in-laws house. (After 6 years of marriage, I’m still meeting new members of my wife’s family. I don’t ever expect to meet them all!). Anyway, once I heard my granmother-in law tell someone else on the phone that the foreigner was not coming as he is afraid of people.
If that works for them, then it works for me!
It actually works out ideal for me, as I don’t have to go far to drop off or pick up my kids after work.
I have a friend who lives DIRECTLY across the alley from his in-laws. Total travel time 8 seconds (he has to go down a flight of stairs otherwise it would be 2.4 seconds. Now that’s crazy! It’s been that way for 9 years. He swears they hardly ever come over. He refuses to divulge his secret, but I’m sure he has some kind of invisible force field protection. Either that or something in the walls… radiated steel?