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2012-05-04 02:24:22 PM

Gonad the Ballbarian: [i2.photobucket.com image 390x293]

Kinda cool, I think...


He only wants $150k for that? Holy schmidt, I'm living in the wrong part of the world.
 
2012-05-04 02:24:56 PM

urbangirl: The My Little Pony Killer: "It's hard to say what this gentleman's true motives are," Brooks said. "I think my opinion is the same as everybody -- I wouldn't want to be living next to it."

Speak for yourself. The house I moved into a few years ago had a fence shaped and painted to look like fire. We would have made excellent neighbors.

As an urban planner I say, SHAME ON YOU, RYAN BROOKS!


As someone who lives in an urban area, I weep for the interesting-looking homes.

/we don't need more sheet-metal condos
//really
 
2012-05-04 02:25:48 PM

meow said the dog: If the value of your house decreases because of this you must find the new real estate agent and also consider that it is perhaps that people do not wish buying the home from the fat person because they expect it to have the bad smell that permeates the walls.


Whew. For a second there I thought I was having a stroke. Then I realized who was posting.
 
2012-05-04 02:27:05 PM

Spoon over Marin:

There are very few arb's that dictate color. Charleston is one exception. You should be aware of these regulations before buying an expensive piece of property in a historic district. I do like how he protested, but he sounds like an ass who feels entitled because he has money.



I dunno about the money part. But I would feel entitled because I own the farking house. That's why I have the title. Title, Entitled. I may be onto something here.
 
2012-05-04 02:27:14 PM

FormlessOne: I'm always baffled by people who are happy to sign away the very rights that make home ownership worthwhile by accepting the petty fascism of an HOA.


I understand HOAs from a "we have a community pool and we need to arrange to have it maintained" kind of view, but when it comes to anything to do with any individual's property? GTFO. If I want to let my grass grow out a bit longer than my neighbour's, park my camper in my driveway, and paint my house purple, that's my business, not yours. The kinds of stuff that I shouldn't be allowed to do because it's unsafe/unfair/etc are already going to be illegal under city ordinances. If I'm putting up a fence, all I need is to follow the building codes for maximum height and such, if the HOA starts giving me pre-selected designs I must use, they can fark off.

I don't see why ANYONE would sign on to that kind of petty fascist bullshiat.
 
2012-05-04 02:27:42 PM

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Or perhaps zombo.com.
 
2012-05-04 02:28:01 PM

clancifer: AbbeySomeone: Why not? It's his property.

I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.


I'd rather be his neighbor than some uppity and pretentious HOA
 
2012-05-04 02:30:43 PM

Thorak: FormlessOne: I'm always baffled by people who are happy to sign away the very rights that make home ownership worthwhile by accepting the petty fascism of an HOA.

I understand HOAs from a "we have a community pool and we need to arrange to have it maintained" kind of view, but when it comes to anything to do with any individual's property? GTFO. If I want to let my grass grow out a bit longer than my neighbour's, park my camper in my driveway, and paint my house purple, that's my business, not yours. The kinds of stuff that I shouldn't be allowed to do because it's unsafe/unfair/etc are already going to be illegal under city ordinances. If I'm putting up a fence, all I need is to follow the building codes for maximum height and such, if the HOA starts giving me pre-selected designs I must use, they can fark off.

I don't see why ANYONE would sign on to that kind of petty fascist bullshiat.


We had the misfortune of having an HOA for our condo a few years back.

The odd/farked part was that ALL of the 'members" were out-of-state real estate agents - all of them.
 
2012-05-04 02:31:02 PM

This Looks Fun: People that are driven to an HOA because of things like this deserve what they get from an HOA.


Indeed. BTW, your screen name exactly matches my thoughts on this story.

It could be worse too, here in Cincinnati the Mushroom House just went up for sale $350k for 1200 sq ft, $100/150k for an 8 unit apartment house doesn't seem so bad now.
 
2012-05-04 02:31:19 PM

Thorak: FormlessOne: I'm always baffled by people who are happy to sign away the very rights that make home ownership worthwhile by accepting the petty fascism of an HOA.

I understand HOAs from a "we have a community pool and we need to arrange to have it maintained" kind of view, but when it comes to anything to do with any individual's property? GTFO. If I want to let my grass grow out a bit longer than my neighbour's, park my camper in my driveway, and paint my house purple, that's my business, not yours. The kinds of stuff that I shouldn't be allowed to do because it's unsafe/unfair/etc are already going to be illegal under city ordinances. If I'm putting up a fence, all I need is to follow the building codes for maximum height and such, if the HOA starts giving me pre-selected designs I must use, they can fark off.

I don't see why ANYONE would sign on to that kind of petty fascist bullshiat.


Part of the problem (speaking from experience), is that the only way to really find out the nature of the HOA is to try to talk to as many neighbors as possible prior to the purchase. This isn't always possible, or doesn't always give you an accurate representation. Bylaws themselves don't always point towards a virtual Marxist regime.
 
2012-05-04 02:34:38 PM

scarmig: Spoon over Marin:

There are very few arb's that dictate color. Charleston is one exception. You should be aware of these regulations before buying an expensive piece of property in a historic district. I do like how he protested, but he sounds like an ass who feels entitled because he has money.


I dunno about the money part. But I would feel entitled because I own the farking house. That's why I have the title. Title, Entitled. I may be onto something here.


You never have 100% rights to your property and never have. Zoning and use codes are what keep your neighbor from opening up a copper smelting operation next door.
Owners should have full disclosure before they sign paperwork that lets them know if there are design guide lines for their property. The guy IN the example knew. He knew.
 
2012-05-04 02:35:14 PM

Rufus Lee King: Well, it's next to a new "low-income housing facility", which means everything in the area is soon to be "tagged" all to hell, anyway.


Nah, they hired the Zimmerman Neighborhood Watch Security Firm to patrol the area.

Nothin' but Skittles in the gutter, baby.
 
2012-05-04 02:35:22 PM
"Dots, you'll love them!"

/obscure?
 
2012-05-04 02:36:22 PM
crocmusic.com
 
2012-05-04 02:37:03 PM

Egoy3k: Why on earth does the color of this guy's house have anything at all to do with the values of neighbors houses or even that much to do with the value of his house? If it had any effect on the value of the house it should only an amount representing the cost of repainting it.

Sort of like "Alright knock off the cost of having a professional make this house look less like a circus performer and we have a deal."

I never understood this part of property valuation. It's like those stupid shows where they redecorate somebodys house to make it sell. WTF? Unless the furniture and decorations come with the house I couldn't care less how they are arranged. I'd rather know that it's well insulated the house is, the crime rate in the neighborhood, my commute time, how good the wirieing is etc.


I'm with you here.

I never understood why people think they have a claim to the value of their property as if its a tangible thing.
 
2012-05-04 02:37:57 PM
He should just claim that the house is built on an Indian burial ground and was painted by a poltergeist named Polka Hauntus.
 
2012-05-04 02:41:28 PM

jaybeezey: scarmig: clancifer: AbbeySomeone:

I'd rather live next to the polka dotted house than have to beat up HOA nazis every year.

concur


Also, it's kinda cute. He probably should have repainted the whole thing with a base first though, it looks like the white paint is old...
 
2012-05-04 02:41:30 PM

BurnShrike: I came to quote "A pox on both your houses!", but in looking it up, I found it's a misquote. The line is "A plague o' both your houses!" which doesn't quite fit as well for a spotted house.

It didn't stop me from posting anyway though.


I liked this quote "Brooks believes the polka dots won't migrate to other neighborhoods in the city."

Like it's the chickenpox.
 
2012-05-04 02:42:20 PM
so the By-line says Bismarck and none of this story takes place in Bismarck.


Heck of a job there!


/Has been to Grand Forks
//Did not see the famous Dave Barry Lift Station No. 16.
 
2012-05-04 02:42:58 PM
What is he king of the mountain or something?
 
2012-05-04 02:44:52 PM

AngryJailhouseFistfark: Thinks this is just fine.

[yogainmyschool.com image 246x126]


The circus is the place for you.
 
2012-05-04 02:44:53 PM

scarmig: clancifer: AbbeySomeone: Why not? It's his property.

I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.



I'd rather live next to the polka dotted house than have to beat up HOA nazis every year.


This.

Made it a condition to the realtor that we not look at any houses in HOAs.

We dropped him because, well, he lied to us; and I was seriously considering filing a complaint against him for breach of fiduciary responsibilities.

Eventually we bought through a for sale by owner, got a better deal than through a realtor (even though the owner was a realtor).
 
2012-05-04 02:47:00 PM

hudef: Technical question here: what differentiates a polka dot from an ordinary one?


I found this to be a reasonable question...

(Wikipedia)

Polka dots seems to just be "dots in a pattern".
 
2012-05-04 02:50:06 PM
I'd rather have that next to my house than an empty house rotting away.

When I bought my house it was canary yellow, the house next to it was bubble gum pink, and the house across the street was baby boy blue. And they say the suburbs are bland.
 
2012-05-04 02:50:43 PM

clancifer: I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.


This mindset is the farking problem.
 
2012-05-04 02:50:57 PM

clancifer: AbbeySomeone: Why not? It's his property.

I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.


Define "shiat" then. Would you prefer the cookie cutter McMansions where 1500 homes are of the same 3 designs and landscaping? Then have at it. I'd live next to the guy. Bet he's cool to hang around with. If this is an eysore, I have seen far, far worse.

Ryan Brooks, the city's senior planner, said the polka dot house is an eyesore and that he thinks it's Deitz's way of protesting the city's decision not to buy the property.

Should have bought when you had the chance. Now it costs more, plus the "rehab" on your dime you'll have to perform to bring it up to whatever arbitrary city code you just passed the night before.
 
2012-05-04 02:51:33 PM

JackieRabbit: CSB: some years ago, I lived in Charleston, CS. For those of you who haven't visited there, it's a very old and lovely city. Charlestonians can be pills, especially about maintaing the historical integrity of the peninsular city. They have a board of architectural review that must approve any plans to make modifications or repairs to any home within the National Historic District. These approvals include repainting a house and they are very strict; only about seven colors are approved and they will deny any permit that isn't for one of these colors. Well, a guy had just bought a very old and expensive home and it needed painting. The BAR denied his permit because he didn't want to use one of the approved colors. This pissed him off. The Spoleto Festival USA was just around the corner, so as an "art" display for the festival and to piss on the BAR, he had his house painted using all of the BAR approved colors, but in a camouflage pattern. To be honest, the house looked awesome. But the BAR was not amused and sued him. They lost their case because the regulation said that BAR colors had to be used, but didn't stipulate to how many could be used. Later, the man agreed to repaint the house to meet BAR standards, but only if the BAR paid for it.


I got involved in a property in the Savannah Hysterical district with a similar dispute. The laws are stricter there and the Board had a restraining order and stop work order with 24 hours of the start. Took almost 18 months get the project restarted.
 
2012-05-04 02:52:06 PM
Considering it is a century old, the original colors were probably closer to the dots than the background white. The late Victorian/Edwardian house palette would have shamed an X-tripping raver - and clashing, not complimenting was a style directive, which makes you wonder if people back then really did see in black&white.
 
2012-05-04 02:52:30 PM

clancifer: AbbeySomeone: Why not? It's his property.

I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.


No, it's the freedom to do shiat like this that keeps people out of HOAs
 
2012-05-04 02:53:28 PM
while gis for polka dots...

encrypted-tbn0.google.com

/felt I had to share
 
2012-05-04 02:53:48 PM

jakrabit: clancifer: AbbeySomeone: Why not? It's his property.

I'm sure his neighbors and anyone nearby trying to sell a house are thrilled. It is this shiat that drives people to buy within an HOA.

No, it's the freedom to do shiat like this that keeps people out of HOAs


Thank you. If I pay a million dollars for a house, I'll do as I darned well please with it.
 
2012-05-04 02:54:24 PM
While the dots seem to be done very neat (nearly round, good color coverage, nice distribution of colors and sizes), it looks like the rest of the house has been poorly maintained. From one picture, there appears to be no paint remaining on the window frame.
 
2012-05-04 02:55:10 PM
If I was going to buy a house to be a home for sick kids or for battered families to get back on their feet, this would be the perfect house. Especially if the kids could add their own dot. Ronald McDonald should do this to all their houses.
 
2012-05-04 02:55:40 PM
Ryan Brooks, the city's senior planner, said the polka dot house is an eyesore and that he thinks it's Deitz's way of protesting the city's decision not to buy the property.

"It's hard to say what this gentleman's true motives are," Brooks said. "I think my opinion is the same as everybody -- I wouldn't want to be living next to it."


I'm sure Mr. Deitz doesn't want to live next to a bunch of section 8 housing either. Life isn't fair. Suck it up buttercup.
 
2012-05-04 02:56:45 PM
its cute!
 
2012-05-04 02:56:59 PM
huh.. I am actually going to see what my wife thinks of doing that to our house. We were painting it this year anyway. Might as well make it look cool.
 
2012-05-04 02:57:50 PM
I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.
 
2012-05-04 02:58:18 PM
fine except it is apparently spreading...

5601-intelligenttravel.voxcdn.com
 
2012-05-04 02:59:47 PM

Sticky Hands: The Polka Dot Door
The Polka Dot Door
Let's peek through the Polka Dot Door
Songs and stories and so much more
Through the Polka Dot Door
This is the time we always say
Get ready, get set for stick up my ass authoritarians Day
so come on in the polka dot way.

// he should paint the door green though, that would amuse me greatly.


Pokaroo!
 
2012-05-04 03:00:32 PM

WhippingBoy: Gonad the Ballbarian: [i2.photobucket.com image 390x293]

Kinda cool, I think...

He only wants $150k for that? Holy schmidt, I'm living in the wrong part of the world.


Yup. Rent out those 6 apartments for 6-700 bucks a month and that'll be paid off in a hurry.
 
2012-05-04 03:01:01 PM

Horsebolt McStabledoor: fine except it is apparently spreading...

[5601-intelligenttravel.voxcdn.com image 600x400]


I'm just trying to figure out what the fark in up in the trees
 
2012-05-04 03:01:31 PM
Blank walls equal blank minds.
 
2012-05-04 03:01:46 PM

gravy chugging cretin.: grimlock1972: North Dakotans are crazy , i should know i live downwind from Fargo ND

You're from Moorhead? (Fargo's slutty little sister?}


Nah Detroit Lakes, about an hour east of Fargo but close enough to smell the crazy.
 
2012-05-04 03:06:30 PM

I should be in the kitchen: I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.


So you feel the need to control what other people do with their property?
 
2012-05-04 03:08:33 PM
Reminds me of this book from when I was a kid.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-05-04 03:09:05 PM
First, I like the polka dot house.

Second, the city planner says the house, which is near a low-income housing complex, is an eyesore? Really?
 
2012-05-04 03:13:41 PM

Smelly Pirate Hooker: First, I like the polka dot house.

Second, the city planner says the house, which is near a low-income housing complex, is an eyesore? Really?


Yeah that guy sounds like a jerk. If there is no written color exception to paint scheme in this neighborhood then who is he to dictate aesthetics?
 
2012-05-04 03:14:02 PM

I should be in the kitchen: I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.


But Hitler!
 
2012-05-04 03:14:46 PM
I think those polka dots are gorgeous. I might've done the same thing if I liked polka dots. I would rent it in a heartbeat. If I lived near a wonderbread factory (there is one across town) I might've done it to be funny.

My 1919 wittle baby cottage house (two bedrooms, one bath, it says 3 bedrooms but the room we use as a home office is so small even a twin bed more than half fills it) has been getting colors and wall styles inside contemporary with its construction date (wallpapers, teal, cranberry red, green, I think I'm going with London blue for the halls) and when I get around to the outside (currently the bright yellow-green painted wood is mostly (we had a storm) underneath beige siding) it's going to be the bright, galling, simultaneously dark and glowing blue that the house to the right used to be in 1920. I'm hoping I can find a low-maintenance thing, some company that sells really, really, really blue siding. I just can't go for the mucusy yellow-green the house was in 1919.

I fully expect Lawnman, the guy who lives across the street and cannot deal with the fact that my lawn gets a little more grassless everyday (the house originally had a lawn tree, cottage garden, etc, style, and I'm going grassless that way, he's the only one I've heard anything but compliments from) to just fall over dead the moment he sees it start to go up.

Furthermore, if the area really does have a problem with tagging, I worked with a graffiti remediation group in college, and multicolored things don't get tagged as much for a bunch of reasons, including the fact that people pay attention to them and the fact that if you have light and dark patches it messes up the graffiti.
 
2012-05-04 03:17:20 PM

I should be in the kitchen: I know I'll get crucified for saying this on Fark, but this is why I'm glad to have an HOA. I can deal with an occasional reminder to pull my weeds or replace an outdoor light if it prevents my neighbors from pulling this crap.


If the property is well kept up and your neighbors aren't doing anything dangerous to others in the neighborhood, then why would you possibly care? Mind your own damn business.
 
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