As I drove through the city I grew up in yesterday, I couldn’t help but laugh when I drove by this neighborhood…
You see that white house kinda near the center? There’s an interesting story about that house.
According to Zillow it was built in 1961. You see the roads surrounding that house? You notice how there are multiple cul-de-sacs with no houses around them? It looks like a developer is going to be building a good 100+ houses in that community huh?
Not so much. Those roads were actually put in around 2004. A developer bought all that vacant land you see and had plans to build a starter home community. There was only one problem. The developer couldn’t convince the person that owned the white house in the center to sell their property.
After a bunch unsuccessful negotiation attempts, the builder quickly realized it was a lost cause. They would just build all of their new homes around the 1960’s abode.
That was, until something interesting happened.
The homeowner took a stand. They bought a couple of cans of spray paint and wrote the words “F*** You” in big bold letters along each side of the house. It was a big, offensive, eyesore.
The developer, obviously angry, went to the city hoping they would force the resident to remove the profanity. The city, however, refused to involve themselves, citing “free speech” rights.
So here we are eight years later. The builder had to walk away from the land, realizing he would never be able to sell homes in the area.
I mean, how would you list these homes? “Three bed, two bath charmer with wonderful views of the olympic mountains and the words”F*** You” from the living room and master suite”.
The lots are vacant and will probably stay that way for the forseeable future.
You can’t help but feel bad for the builder. He lost his business because of this one pesky homeowner. But I also feel bad for the resident. His amazing view of the Olympic Mountains were threatened and he didn’t want his home to be smack dab in the middle of suburbia. Turns out something similar happened in Utah.
A Riverton, UT resident was forced by the city to reduce his roofline by 18 inches after his neighbor complained about a height violation. This violation cost the resident 10’s of thousands of dollars to correct. So what did the homeowner do? He got revenge. He had new “air-vents” installed on the side of his house that faced the complaining neighbors abode. Check it out…
Seems crazy, but I can totally understand where these frustrated homeowners are coming from.
Would you go to extreme measures if your view, privacy, or safety was at stake?