They say good fences make good neighbors. But some fences can never be built high enough to keep some neighbors from being bad. It's in their nature to be a bad neighbor. And they'll do whatever it takes to prove it.
Some people play loud music just to bother their neighbors. Other people build loud houses. Sure, it costs a ton of money. But seeing the look on your neighbor's face is worth every penny! Be glad you don't live next to any of these people!
Some divorcing couples fight over who gets the house. Some couples just build a second house. That's exactly what happened when one woman agreed to divorce her husband on the one condition that she would have a replica of the house they lived in together built for her. However, she didn't say where the house should be built, so her husband constructed it far, far away from everything she loved. Maybe she should have just asked for alimony instead?
In 1882, Hyman Samer wanted to build on a small strip of land between two houses he owned. The only problem was he didn't own it. He offered to purchase the small strip from its owner, Joseph Richardson. Richardson, offended by Samer's low offer for the property, built a five-foot-wide structure on the land, just to make the strip unusable.
Charles Froling had big plans for a plot of land he inherited. However, the city of Alameda had other plans and took part of the property to build a new street. His neighbors were unsympathetic. Froling got his revenge by building a house that took up his entire remaining property. The house, which was 10 feet wide and 54 feet long, sits up against both his street and his neighbor's property. It's the ultimate middle finger.
Some families can't help but let everyone else know about their drama. One Boston man built a massive house on a property he was supposed to share with his brother. So, in order to get back at him, the brother built the Skinny House in order to block light from going into the house. Talk about sibling rivalry!
One miner in Virginia City, NV, had plans to build his dream home with money that he saved up. However, his enemy had plans as well. Not only did the miner's enemy purchase the plot of land next to the dream home, the enemy moved his current house onto the property, and had it places as close to the miner's property as possible. There's hating someone, and then there's really hating someone!
Francis O'Reilly wanted to sell his plot of land in Cambridge, MA, however his neighbor turned him down. The small size made the plot a difficult sell. So O'Reilly built a 308 square-foot house on the plot just to make his neighbors regret turning him down. It's the ultimate neg!
The Bible says to love thy neighbor, but the Westoboro Baptist Church might not have gotten the message. Directly across from the Westboro Baptist Church's headquarters sits The Equality House, a rainbow clad celebration of everything the Church rejects. Since the house was painted, people from all over the world have come to visit the house and what it represents.
This triangular shaped house is 15 feet wide on one end, and just 55 inches on the other. No one knows why the Pie House was built to resemble, er, a piece of pie. It's rumored that the house was built by a bitter woman after her ex-husband gave her a tiny plot in their divorce settlement. You'd think that a house that oddly shaped would be worthless, but the house recently sold for just over $500,000. Looks like everyone wants a piece of that pie!
Way before the Purple House was painted in Prince's favorite color, the tenants received constant noise complaints from the neighbors and citations from the city of Lubbock, TX, because too many non-related people were living there. In order to get back at their neighbors and the city, the non-related tenants painted the house bright purple. Today, the Purple House has a more normal shade of paint. The tenants settled with the city and agreed to return the house back to it's original color.
Some people get annoyed with the traffic cutting through an alleyway. Some people get even with the traffic cutting through an alleyway. John Hollensbury built a house in an Alexandria, VA, alleyway just so he could stop people and horses from going through the alleyway and keeping him up at night. Hey, we can't blame him for wanting to get a good night's sleep!
Zipporah Lisle Mainwaring had plans to renovate her townhouse, however those plans were rejected after the neighbors complained. In order to get back at her posh neighbor, Mainwaring had her £15 million townhouse painted in candy cane stripes. As an extra dig, she deliberately left one stripe unfinished. Because when you own a £15 million townhouse, you have enough spare change to anger your neighbors in the most epic way.
The city of Frederick, MD, had plans to build a road through Dr. John Tyler's recently purchase property. Tyler, having none of it, found a law that stated the city wouldn't be able to built a road if a "substantial structure" was in the way. So Tyler built a foundation literally overnight to prevent the city from building the road.
Thomas McCobb was supposed to inherit a home in Phippsburg, ME, however the property went to his step-brother instead. Upset, McCobb built his own home so stately that it overshadowed the family home. You know what they say: