I’m Intrigued! I Think I Discovered Another Hoarder House!

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!


8 thoughts on “I’m Intrigued! I Think I Discovered Another Hoarder House!

  1. So interesting about coming upon another hoarder house! I don’ t know why I find them so fascinating, but maybe it’s been ever since I read an old Reader’s Digest Condensed book years ago (when I was in college) about 2 men whose brownstone in NYC was found like that after they died in it. Recently, my daughter & I drove past a corner house on a street a few blocks from ours, where it certainly looks like a hoarder home — lots of junk in the driveway and behind the 4 foot fence, overgrown bushes and trees, etc! Looking forward to your Part 2 to come!!

      1. What an interesting article — can’t believe all the photos from 1947 of the Collyer brothers’ 4 story mansion on 5th avenue! But so sad that it came to that, that both their bodies were found surrounded by 140 tons of the trash they had saved. Thanks for including the story’s link. I wish more could be done to help people with this problem. My friend who is a hoarder did leave her apartment (forced by her landlord and the police), after spending her last few months there not looking for a place to move to, but packing up as much of her belongings as she could. Her storage fees were up to $600/month the last I heard, but after a friend took her in, she agreed to give up her storage in exchange for living with her and being helped to find a new apartment to live.

  2. Looks like this colonial could be a beauty if rescued by someone skilled in finding a hidden treasure and reclaiming it.

  3. You know what they say, buy the worst house in the best neighborhood.

    Just know your limitations or have a big bank account.

  4. The Collyer brothers – that was incredible. I can’t imagine what it was like at that time with all those treasures and trash buried! Thanks for sharing.

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