EXCLUSIVE: Sandra Bullock's Neighbors Welcome Her With Open Arms

May 11 2010, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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Sandra Bullock currently is trailed by a cavalcade of photographers and curious fans, but the current chaos surrounding the actress isn't deterring her new neighbors from giving her a warm welcome, has exclusively learned.

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"We truly hope she loves her new life here. We welcome her with open arms," one couple told as they made their way around their (and now Bullock's) neighborhood in the Garden District of New Orleans.

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Another welcoming neighbor couldn't help but crack at joke at the expense at the newest famous face in town.

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"She needs to get out of here with all that commotion around her," the neighbor said before sending out a hearty invitation to Bullock. "I'm just kidding. I hope Sandra and her son love this city as much as my family does. Maybe she will want to come over to our next crawfish boil."

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Casey Bergeron, a medical student who often studies at the Starbucks near Bullock's home, gave some perspective about the laid-back approach the city takes to its Hollywood transplants.

"The good thing about New Orleans is we have many celebrities and very little paparazzi," she said. "All of the different films filming in the city are causing much more of a stir than our newest neighbor. Both are great for New Orleans and our local economy."

A source tells that some places have adopted a more protective stance regarding Bullock. The staff at Commander's Palace - the New Orleans instituion two doors down from Bullock's home - held a meeting on Monday to advise everyone against revealing any details of the actress' Sunday afternoon visit to the restaurant.

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