Sunday, February 18, 2007

Upgrading

A "for sale" sign went up at a house down the block from me. It is one of the smallest houses on the block, but still has the charm of a 1920's bungalow. In the privacy of my blog, I will tell you I was happy to see the sign go up. I have my suspicions about the current owners of this house. None of my suspicions have been confirmed, so it is pure speculation.

The observations:

How many "friends" can one family have that stop in at all hours of the day & night, leave their car running in the street, and run up to your house to say "hi"?

It's never a good sign when you are walking down your street and spot an unmarked car that appears to be keeping your neighbor's house under surveilance.

It also leads one to jump to conclusions when that same house, after realizing that their house is under observation, instructs their "friends" to "visit" via the back alleyway.

So, I'm anxious to see who buys the place. I suspect it is a fixer-upper. But it is a good block, so if someone gets it at a reasonable price it should be a good investment.

12 comments:

Patricia W. said...

Is it a rental? It strikes me as highly unusual that someone who may be dealing illegal substances would actually own the house. Really strange unless of course they fell on hard times or something. I hope it sells to a nice person or nice family. :)

StuccoHouse said...

A few things may explain the home ownership. My neighborhood went through some tough times 10-15 yrs ago. Many of the houses around here sold for cheap. There are still a number of hold outs from this era that are not particularly interested in the charm of old bungalows or a having close knit neighborhood.

The current occupants are pretty young. I think the parents originally owned the house.

Jocelyn said...

I hope you get someone good in there.If it looks like a duck...it usually is.

Greg said...

Oh, come one StuccoHouse, you can admit it. You're down there every other night. Am I right!

Well, manybe not...

StuccoHouse said...

They would laugh me off their front porch. First off, the cars that visit that house have some serious accessories. My girl suv w/ new struts doesn't come close to cracking it. Secondly if it doesn't include gin & two limes, I'm not really interested ;-)

Lol..I've become so much less tolerant since becoming the owner of a single family home :-) I find myself tsk-ing people that don't shovel or haven't mowed their lawns. The old me would have never thought like that.

Greg said...

I'm the same way. Junk cars on the street are what really get up under my skin now. Why would someone buy an old beat up car and then park in front of their house and NEVER move it. What is the point?

StuccoHouse said...

Lol....well, in this case, I'm afraid my car is closer to "junk" than any of my soon-to-be gone neighbors. I have a 10 yr old mini-suv (but in all fairness with new struts, water cooler, exhaust system & oil filer).

The neighbors had a constant stream of well waxed & buffed Suburbans, Caddilac SUVs, restored 70's sedans. Many with those with chromed (I have to admit it - cool) spinning rims.

I should ask them who does their plating :-)

Josh said...

Sure that place sounds fishy, but have you seen the house down the block get raided by kevlar-clad DEA agents driving black suburbans?

I never noticed anything weird about the place on our block until the day I thought I stumbled onto a movie set walking out to my car.

I hope your new neighbors are good neighbors.

StuccoHouse said...

Yikes!! My parents live in one of the southern burbs and one day had something similar happen when vest clad city police stormed a house across the street. My dad went up to one of the cops after it all went down & asked him what was going on. They told him something about a violated restraining order. They siezed the cars in the driveway. Sounds a bit more alarming than the cops let on. Guess they didn't want to alarm anyone. I still eye that house whenever I'm over there. It makes me mad when one house brings that element to an entire neighborhood.

Greg said...

Yes, my truck is the ugliest on the street, but at least it moves on a regular basis!

I've often joked to myself that if I win the lottery the very fist thing I'll do is put 24-inch chrome spinners on my beat-up 1973 Ford Pick-up!

Silver Maple Leaf said...

it does sound as if they were selling drugs there. the question is hat kind though. If they were looking meth in the house it will have to be gutted before its even livable. Hopefully thats not what they were doing.

merideth said...

sounds like a house in our neighborhood...fortunately the one here just sold and I'm happy to say that the incessantly yapping dog named "socrates" is waaay better than the endless stream of 5-minute friends...fingers crossed that you get good neighbors

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