Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday Sightings: Odd House Continued...Finally

Some of you may remember this house from this Saturday Sighting Post

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Based on comments on that post I went back to take more photos so you could see the neighborhood.

I had been driving around looking for potential lakeside property. Texas only has one natural lake the rest are all man made. The Lake near me is man made. Instead of having million dollar homes with boat docks gracing it's shores. The Corp of Engineers owns and manages most of the shoreline. There are several public parks scattered here and there that go down to the water to allow access for swimming and boating. I do have more photos to give you an idea of what the majority of the homes look like surrounding the Corp property but for now I will continue the story of this interesting house.

My first glimpse of it was at this very sharp curve where I did come to a stop when I spied the gargoyle.

What the Heck?

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Instead of turning to the left I continued forward. (at that time this mobile home on the corner had a bank foreclosure for sale sign in the yard)

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Three stories, angles and doors everywhere. And no shingles.

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Here is the neighbor on the right. (my Mom taught me if I couldn't say anything nice, shut up)

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I am glad they were not home so I could pull into their driveway to take a few more pictures.

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See that door up on the third floor? Matches the one on the other side. Some type of plastic sheeting flapping in the wind. No siding. Click to see larger photo if interested.

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While I was leaving this little covert photography session the new neighbors, who apparently purchased the bank repo came outside.

The man walked to the center of the road with a gun in his hand.

A caulking gun. I stopped so he could ask me what I was doing. I told him my step dad was a hobbyist carpenter (he really is) and he had seen the photos I had taken a couple of weeks before and I came back out to take a few more since this house was such a carpenter's nightmare.

Did you think I was going to tell him .... I am soooo blogging this!

He did tell me the gentleman that lives there, yes, lives in a room in the back, is building this house in his spare time. He is single. That is all the info I got this trip.

I'll keep checking on his progress.

This is the view as I was going back the way I came. Yes, I was stopped in the road. Again. It's the country.

At the end of this very long dirt road should be the lake. No way was I going down there. By My Self.

Those signs say "enter at your own risk. The boogie man with the hook for a hand is down there".

Okay, the signs say something about no dumping.

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I do wonder if he will be able to even see the lake from his third floor. With two doors up there I would imagine he is going to build some kind of deck. Original post is here for more photos

So y'all got any What the Heck houses near you?


gautami tripathy said...

I typed in a long comment here and blogger ate it all up. I couldn't get through for a while.

Houses have life of their own. One geta all sorts of vibes. They can be welcoming as well as repelling.

I liked the photographs. Glad Michele sent me here today.


I like the house....the un-shingled one with the pretty colors. This was such an interesting post.

PI said...

Fascinating. BTW I had the same kind of Mum. I really enjoyed reading about this. The house looks as if it has been crossed with a light-house - or aomething. Sounds like quite a scary neighbourhood. You were very brave. Michele sends her best.

Dawn-Enigma Artist said...

Thank you,Gautami, don't ya just love blogger. It is getting better though.

I think this house deserves a better neighborhood though. More places behind it resemble the mobile home that is to the right.

picture this house next to others of a Victorian era.

Dawn-Enigma Artist said...

Thanks, Bluest!

Dawn-Enigma Artist said...

Not that brave Pi or I would go down that dirt road, but with my 18 year old truck not going to happen unless it's a nice spring day.

Nikki-ann said...

Planning regulations here in the UK pretty much stop you building a house which isn't run of the mill, although you can sometimes find quite interesting old buildings.

That house is really just something else, isn't it?! Thanks for sharing!

kenju said...

I remember seeing this the first time, and thinking the weirdest part were the colors, which don't seem to match TX - or my idea of it. I would enjoy seeing more pics of it - as he progresses. Michele wants to see them too.

panthergirl said...

I've got a ton of "how much space do two people with 1.2 kid NEED anyway?" houses near me. Over 10,000 sq. ft. McMansions for rich Wall Street couples that boggle the mind.

Only one natural lake in Texas? That is the fact of the day for me! Never knew that.

Thanks, Michele, for sending me here!

ELLIE said...

Love the photos....that house is surely unique....I look forward to the progress of it...should be interesting!!!
Thanks for sharing it all.


I read the other day where someone was saying that a good neighborhood should have a variety of house....on Little Old Lady of the Hill's place, I think. I agree with that, except for houses with just makes everyone depressed.

Carmi said...

I love the potential in this house. I admire the tenacity of a man who would build such an ambitious structure. I'm willing to bet it'll be incredible when it's done. A home, not just a house.

I love how you've pursued this. Hope there's more in future...

Pam said...

Gee, he's single. Why am I not surprised? Oh wait, does that comment border on the "If you can't say anything nice thing?!"
I love covert operations. I so do this kind of stuff. You made me laugh with this post big time!