Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Derelict Neighbors

When we bought our house in 2015, we didn't notice that the house next door was vacant. Over the years it has gotten overgrown with vegetation, lots and lots of weeds, blackberry vines and buttercups. Only once in these past four years has someone come and mowed everything. So here for a comparison are photos of our yard and theirs. Ah derelict neighbors.






Someone in the family inherited the house ten years ago and has literally done nothing with it in a decade. I can't even imagine what it must be like inside. Ugh. Ah derelict neighbors.

PS-- I confess to absolutely loving the blackberry vines growing up over the windows. I am looking forward to them covering the roof someday. As one of my favorite bumper stickers said,  "Nature Bats Last."

28 comments:

  1. Think of the wildlife that lives there. Must be well off if they can leave a property to deteriorate like that. People would start complaining here or some one would be trying to buy it

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Billy-- We've seen raccoons and opossums in the yard there, plus all kinds of free-range cats. We're sure there's plenty of rodent life there. Ugh. Many people have complained to the city. I think I'll give it a try myself.

      Delete
  2. My mother was blessed with a garden like that next to her house, the only difference being that the man still lived there! I think I'd be breaking in to pick some of those blackberries.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. John-- I don't know how anyone can let a yard go like this. It's wild, literally and figuratively. Roger will definitely pick some blackberries this year.

      Delete
  3. It’s unfortunate when one house and yard can be well kept, Robin, and another can be neglected. We had a similar situation in VA and often wondered if it was somewhat of a contributing factor to the ling time it took to sell our home. We knew and liked the neighbors, who just were not able to do needed and costly repairs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Beatrice-- Many of the old neighbors here have contacted the niece of the older couple who owned the house and left it to her at their deaths. She seems to have ignored all the calls for action, except the one time someone showed up and mowed. She lives out of town and seems not interested in the decline of the property at all.

      Delete
  4. The woman next door to me for about 4 years was in a nursing home, and her only relative lived a few hours away...so her home and yard were not cared for but a couple of times in all those years. Then when she died everyone (where had they been?) turned up for some of her furniture, and eventually the yard and house were brought up to speed, and sold. Since then it's become a rental (like mine was) and is kept up nicely...while I live elsewhere but still drive by the old street sometimes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Barbara-- I don't know how people can just ignore a property in decline. It makes no sense. Housing is in high demand here. We keep waiting to see what will happen. I may contact the city and see if they can intervene in any way.

      Delete
  5. This has gone too far. There many potential problems. I know some people don't like regulations and government action on cases like this but for public safety something has to be done.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Red-- It's true, it has definitely gone too far. This year is the worst, and I think it's because of all the rain we had. The blackberries and weeds just love it. There are blackberries growing out of the rain gutters. It's quite a sight.

      Delete
  6. I don't understand that at all. Why would they let it deteriorate that way? Why don't they rent it out so someone can live in it and keep it up? Or, if they don't want renters, why don't they just sell it? I wonder if it has reverted to the ownership of a bank, maybe in a foreclosure?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Steve-- According to our neighbors the house has been vacant for ten years. The woman who inherited it from her uncle and aunt does not live around here and has done nothing with it. She does have family in the vicinity and has a history of being neglectful with properties. I'm not sure why the city does not intervene in some way. I have to admit though, I find it amusing to see opossums and raccoons walking along the top of the fence. I wave to them as they go by.

      Delete
  7. We occasionally discovered an abandoned cottage in rural Ireland when we went hill walking in the late 1970s, sometimes the cups from the last breakfast were still on the table. Once we found a schoolbag with a couple of exercise books and that's the only thing we ever took with us. It was all in Irish. When we left Ireland, we gave it to the Ntional Archives.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sabine-- I like the idea of finding something interesting in an abandoned yard. I think the only thing we'd find at our neighbor's is animal poop!

      Delete
  8. My first thought was critters. Wow, I am surprised the city hasn't stepped in with letters and fines. You might want to send a letter of protest to the city.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Patti-- I am planning on printing out these photos and taking them to the city office building. It's a nice walk through town to get there.

      Delete
  9. well, YOUR yard looks lovely! I'm surprised there isn't some kind of statute that allows the city to seize an abandoned property. Sounds like the women who owns it has "issues" -- mental or drug/alcohol problems to be so neglectful. Must be nice a quiet over there, that's one thing (ok, besides the black berries) going for it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tara-- I'm so glad you like our flowery yard. Our neighbors told us just the other day that we have the nicest yard on the block! The owner of the house is a flight attendant who lives in the bay area. She never comes up here. She's been contacted many times. Not sure what the laws are about this, but we're going to find out.

      Delete
  10. Abandoned houses makes me sad somehow. But your yard is vibrant and colorful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 37paddington-- It's hard to imagine why someone would abandon this house. It is sad. We love balancing the world with beauty.

      Delete
  11. Your yard looks inviting. As for next door it makes me think how the jungle covers up ruins of entire civilizations which no one would know were there except someone came upon them and looked really carefully. It's a shame the owner doesn't just let it go and sell it. Turn it into a community garden. :--)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jsk-- I often fantasize about turning it into a community garden. It would be so lovely. I don't understand how anyone could just let a place go like this, but it really does happen.

      Delete
  12. It's an amazing and confounding story. It looks like it at least "was" a nice house.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Catalyst-- It really is a confounding story.

      Delete
  13. Quite a contrast between your yard and the abandoned yard. I don't think people realize how quickly a house starts to deteriorate once no one is living in it. It looks like it would be a decent place, but the back yard looks like it will take a tractor to get under control.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mark-- The one time that someone came and did yard work there, it took him several days to weed-whack the backyard. When we first moved in we could see the yard had a little picnic table, two chairs, and a barbecue. They're still back there somewhere!

      Delete