New to neighborhood, already neighbor problems (LONG)
I don't know where else to post but I would welcome some feedback/opinions. I bought a house in a typical suburban neighborhood less than a year ago. I haven't really gotten to know many people because of working long hours. One of the constant irritations is the across-the-street neighbors (couple with 3 kids) constantly park in front of my house, even though they have space in their driveway and in front of their own house. They have two large vehicles; I have one and use my garage. I have parked in front of my home to "claim my space" and hopefully discourage them but it has continued. Street parking is legal but in my opinion, it's inconsiderate to take up space in front of a neighbor's house if you have adequate parking of your own. They never park in front of any other house - the house next to me and directly across from theirs was vacant for months and they still parked in front of my house.
Not being the type to confront anyone, I set my trash can in the space on a non-trash day (I know, very passive-aggresive). When I brought it in they had taped a note to it saying that the street is for the public and I could not reserve a parking place. The wife has never spoken to me before, in fact she does not look my way whenever I'm out; the husband has been friendly. Several days later when he was outside and she was gone, I asked why they would leave a note taped to my trash can. His answer was that they were trying to help me, that they had lived here for a long time and I was new. I asked why they would prefer to park in front of my house when they had room at their own, he became nasty. Now we're not speaking. I hate that this has happened. It was what I was trying to avoid by not saying anything for almost a year even though it irritated me.
His arguments are that it's a public street and I have nothing to say about where anyone parks. Mine are that it may be legal but it's inconsiderate, no one else does it, they never park in front of any house but mine while their own driveway and frontage are clear, my guests can't park in front of my house, and on and on.
Who is right, and should I have just kept my mouth shut? The neighborhood is full of kids and they seem to be friends with all of the other neighbors, who I barely know. I'm single, no kids. What if anything should I do now? I can imagine being "frozen out" by everyone as the gossip surely spreads.