Have you ever had a neighbor who just caused your blood to boil, and you just wanted to make their lives miserable? Have you ever been involved within a family feud, or a divorce proceeding that made you want to get even with the other parties involved? It's okay if you answered yes, as long as the "revenge" you seek doesn't break the laws of the land, and no one gets hurt.
Sometimes these situations find themselves making their way to court so that a judge can rule on what is going to happen, but other times (and we really prefer the other times) the person who feels slighted decides to get even in a truly creative way, and that is how the "spite house" was born.
To keep it simple, a "spite house" is built out a desire to frustrate or anger the other party, with amazing results. Let's look at five of the best spite houses ever built in the United States of America.
1. The O'Reilly Spite House - Cambridge, Massachusetts
My dad always told me that "something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it." That has always stuck with me, but what happens when someone offers you something so low-ball, you feel insulted to the core.
Francis O'Reilly had a small piece of land that he wanted to sell, and when his neighbor offered him pennies on the dollar for it, he was so insulted that he built a tiny, 308-square-foot home just to say "screw you." The house actually still stands today, and someone actually lives in it.
2. The Purple Smiley Face House - Lubbock, Texas
Sometimes it's not your neighbors who you are trying to get back at, sometimes it's the city officials that are making your life difficult. The people living in the "Purple House" were cited by the city for having too many unrelated people living under the roof. The residents were also cited numerous times for parking and noise complaints.
So what do you do when "the man" has got you down? Well, if you live here, you paint the house a bright purple, and cover it is in yellow and black smiley faces. Oh, and you throw a couple of Mickey Mouse ears on there for good measure. Well played, well played.
3. The Montlake Pie House, Seattle, Washington
This tiny home was built before tiny homes became something of a cultural fad. No one is 100 per cent sure why this house was built, but the pie-shaped house is literally the definition of a spite house. The most agreed upon story for its construction is that it was built because the man who owned the land was pis**d off about an offer that he received for the plot. Instead of selling for next to nothing, he built this house that is 55 inches wide at the front door, and 15 feet wide in the back.
It's pretty funny, but I bet the person who did actually built it never imagined that it would be worth half-a-million dollars one day.