And coincidentally, it’s brick!!!
I stumbled upon this house that appears to be a hoarder house. It was a few weeks ago, when I was delivering flowers. I was in a town about 10 miles away from where I live. I turned on a street with brick colonial homes on small lots lining each side.
All the homes were neat as a pin, except for one shrouded behind overgrown trees and shrubs, which of course made it stand out like a sore thumb.The homeowner definitely wanted to be hidden from passersby.It immediately made me think of how Brickhouse 319 had been the day we found it over two years ago.
We have ZERO interest in ever buying another hoarder house or fixer upper. We did it once and that’s it, but as I have mentioned in a previous blog post or two, there are hoarder homes out there that people unknowingly pass by. Many people have e-mailed me asking how to find a hoarder house to buy and renovate. Just keep your eyes peeled when you’re out and about! Turn down streets and roads that you may otherwise never turn down. Explore in your car!
Out of curiosity, I parked on the street in front of the trees cloaking the house. I saw a neighbor, and since he was in his driveway, I thought it would not hurt to ask about the house that was in obvious decline.
All the trim around all the windows and front door was completely rotted. The old garage door was rolled down half way and sitting on top of what appeared to be a hoard spilling out of the one-car garage bay; the collected junk prevented the door from closing all the way.
And an old car with current registration plates was haphazardly parked with it’s long front hood pushed up against the hoarded belongings spilling out into the driveway–as if to block the eyesore with the car.
I looked up at the windows framed with rotted and peeling trim and saw old, torn sheets hanging from each one. One was pale pink with horizontal cuts in it as though someone slashed it with scissors or a knife and the other once-white-sheets were dishwater grey.
In one sweeping glance, all the neighboring middle-class homes, were well-kept and probably in the $400,000 price range. It was just this one house that didn’t conform to the entire neighborhood of post-WWII built homes.
The one obvious, dichotomous feature on the doddering home was the brand new roof. I thought it was odd. I guess a leaky roof forced the owner into getting the roof done?
I approached the neighbor at the end of his driveway…
Stay Tuned for Part 2!