As longtime readers of this blog may remember, I like to walk for exercise. Lately I have eschewed the W&OD Canal path and have just been walking in my neighborhood. It’s a nice neighborhood and I can vary my route from day to day. Of interest (and some concern) to me are the number of large new homes which are being erected in the subdivision. These McMansions are going up in the place of the 1950s-era tract homes which typify the neighborhood, and because they are large homes on small lots, they give the impression of shouldering the smaller homes out of the way.
Nowhere is this more evident than on the latter part of my current two-mile route. Here is a small house that’s clearly been around for a while:
And here is a very large home which is being built on the adjoining corner lot:
Now, at first glance one would think this is simply another case of a big-shouldered new house crowding a little old place. But look again:
No, look REALLY close (click on the photo for REALLY REALLY close):
Isn’t that fascinating? Someone is clearly over their property line. I expect it’s probably the little old house. Note the location of the construction fence. And that white area between the Big House’s bay window and the Little House’s back porch is not a space – it’s some form of wooden or metal partition that’s been placed between the properties. But regardless of who’s at fault here, seriously: who wants to live this way? Would I buy a great big fancy new house if my bay window was literally inches from my neighbor’s home? And what a great view my neighbors have!
Every time I walk past this site, I’m awestruck. The little house is currently occupied. The big house is not and is, in fact, still under construction. But soon it’ll be finished, and soon someone will want to move in. What happens then? What’s the story here? Is this an amicable arrangement? I’m so curious I can hardly stand it.
Who will win this House War? Stay tuned for further developments.