I can’t believe I never posted this video before!
I suppose the green grass and sunshine would have been a dead give-away that I did NOT film this video last week. I actually took this last summer while looking at houses in the east end, and it never made its way into a blog post…..until now!
I’ve done a few blogs on “crazy neighbours” before (that house on Bertmount in Leslieville comes to mind), but this made me laugh.
Take a look…
I almost found this to be cute, in a way.
Because I can imagine the owner of that house going out of his or her way to make all this happen.
I can imagine the owner on a plastic-covered couch in the “sun room,” reading a newspaper from two months ago, watching a rotary-dial television, and then actually planning to go out to the “corner store” to get white spray-paint to mark his or her territory.
I know there’s a LOT worse that you could find on any given street in Toronto.
But this was crazy in an innocent sort of way, if that makes sense.
It’s not like “giving out razor-apples on Halloween” kind of crazy, but just like “get off my porch” kind of crazy.
Nevertheless, do you think a potential buyer would be deterred?
That driveway screams “play hockey on me,” but would a buyer see that white spray-painted line, the “NO TRESPASSING,” and decide maybe it’s not worth the gamble?
I mean, “trespassing” is a stretch. If a tennis ball was bouncing around on that driveway, being shot into a hockey net, and found its way past that white line, would the owner next door really have a fit?
Do you want to take that chance?
We’ve talked about “the house” on Bertmount before several times. Remember this one:
Of course you do.
Who could forget that?
But what kind of “crazy” is worse?
I don’t think the neighbours next door to the “doll house” on Bertmount are affected, aside from having to see that mess every day.
But do you want your kids playing ball-hockey in a driveway where 2 1/2 feet of the next-door neighbour’s property line is spray painted with “NO TRESPASSING?”
I feel as though issues like these are amplified in our red-hot 2016 market, and they’re scrutinized more than perhaps would be otherwise warranted.
But there’s just so much at stake when it comes to buying a house in this market, and when I showed that house from the above video last year, my client said, “I would never invite that into my world and daily life, no matter how much I liked this house. It’s just not worth the risk.”
To each, their own.
But with inventory levels as low as they are right now, in just about every neighbourhood in the city, I wonder if, when, how, and which concessions buyers will start to make…