Originally Posted by Bifta
Absolutely! I was living in a 3 storey, brand new semi-detached townhouse, I could hear the next door neighbours walking up and down the stairs, flushing the loo, talking, open and closing doors etc, even above any music I was playing. I've since moved into a 30 year old brick, solid as you like terraced house and I can hear absolutely nothing from either neighbour (and vice versa)
It's painful to say this but I agree with Bifta
The place I have at the moment is an ancient terraced house and the noise levels are pretty low, even though the house about 6 doors up does play his music pretty loud. The best thing is that you can complain to Environmental Health with impunity - no one can know it's you because with terraced housing there are, er, loads of houses.
You only have to look at how quickly properties are built these days to question their construction.