We’ve all been a little spiteful at some point in our lives. Spitefulness is not something to be proud of, but sadly we’ve met people who have pushed us beyond our limits.
However, let me introduce to you some people who took it to a whole new level. These people built houses just to be annoying to their neighbors and their pettiness will stand for generations. If you are a spiteful person – they just might become your new idols!
Here’s the list of spiteful houses we found after scouring America from coast to coast!
Contents & Quick Navigation
- #9 The Plum Island Pink House—Newbury, Massachusetts
- #8 The Richardson Spite House—Manhattan
- #7 The Alameda Spite House—Alameda, California
- #6 The Skinny House—Boston, Massachusetts
- #5 The Nevada Spite House—Virginia City, Nevada
- #4 The Cambridge Spite House—Cambridge, Massachusetts
- #3 The Equality House—Topeka, Kansas
- #2 The Montlake Pie House—Seattle, Washington
- #1 The Purple House—Lubbock, Texas
#9 The Plum Island Pink House—Newbury, Massachusetts
The story begins in 1952 when a woman agreed to sign the divorce papers if her husband built her a house. The condition was building an exact replica of the house they once lived in together. But she failed to specify ‘where’. The husband built her a baby-pink colored house in the middle of nowhere. It’s safe to say that he got his revenge. The house still stands and is currently owned by the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
#8 The Richardson Spite House—Manhattan
The Richardson Spite House might just be New York’s most famous spite house. In 1882 Hyman Samer, decided to build some houses on the land he owned. But there was a small patch of land between two of his lots. He offed compensation to the owner Joseph Richardson but Richardson was offended by the numbers. Out of spite, Richardson refused to sell the land and build a narrow building with a five feet structure on top to make it much more unusable. The house was finally torn down in 1915.
#7 The Alameda Spite House—Alameda, California
With the 20th century on the doorstep, Charles Froling was dreaming about house plans on a piece of land he inherited. However, the city wanted to build a street and took his land. Frustrated with the city and cold neighbors, he took revenge by building a 10 feet wide and 54 feet longhouse on the remaining land.
#6 The Skinny House—Boston, Massachusetts
Two brothers, one civilian and the other in the military, inherited a plot of land from their father. One brother built a wide spacious house while the other brother was in the military. Fueled by revenge the other brother built a skinny house on the land left. The skinny house – although a bit difficult to live in, blocks all natural light from reaching the big house. The widest part of the house is only 10 feet with some parts as low a 6 feet!
#5 The Nevada Spite House—Virginia City, Nevada
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” – the story behind Nevada Spite House describes this phrase perfectly. A miner in Virginia City, Nevada saved up and built a house. However, his nemesis bought the land next door and actually moved his house and placed it as close as to the property line possible! That’s some revenge!
#4 The Cambridge Spite House—Cambridge, Massachusetts
Owner Francis O’Reilly was robbed out of his land through a bad offer. He wanted to sell the remaining piece of land to his neighbor. When no one wanted to buy his tiny land he took vengeance on them by building a 308-square-foot house. The interior decorator who lives there today compared it to living inside of a billboard.
#3 The Equality House—Topeka, Kansas
A rainbow colored house. The Equality House in Kansas is located just across the Westboro Baptist Church. It’s just a way to remind them of the message of love – a message the Church passionately discourages. However, the church members are ok with the matter regardless of the house generating negative attention.
#2 The Montlake Pie House—Seattle, Washington
This Seattle house may look normal from the front, but from above, it looks like a slice of a pie, thus the name. Shaped like a triangle – 15 feet wide on one side and a mere 55 inches wide on the other. There are stories relating the origin of the house starting from lowball land offers to divorce settlements. However, despite its size, the house utilizes every inch and was sold for a whopping $500,000 in 2016.
#1 The Purple House—Lubbock, Texas
In 2001 City officials notified the owners of this once-normal-looking house that too many unrelated people were living there. It was backed up by constant noise complaints and parking violations. Not willing to back down, the residents decided to annoy the city and the neighbors by painting the house purple with smiley faces and mouse ears. They, however, settled everything in court eventually and complied with the city building color code.
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