Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Howdy, neighbor!



You might not get to know them, but your neighbors will certainly get to know you...

25 comments:

Shira-chan said...

that bathroom actually looks pretty nice, except for that creepy neighbour. Ahhh!!

bikerchick said...

I don't care who can see in.

I COVET. I COVET.I COVET.I COVET.I COVET!!!!

burhanistan said...

Our builder did what they referred to as "paneling" to prevent this kind of thing from happening. The various floorplans were matched together to ensure that all you saw when looking out was brick wall rather than directly into other people's windows.

That said, this needs a big mirror on the same wall as the shower stall to facilitate peeping--that and some kind of anti-fogging treatment on the mirrors and stall doors.

SandPuppeteer said...

The bathroom window is kinda creepy. But what's under the taped-up garbage bag in the garage?

Shel said...

Honestly it's a gorgeous house, but what caught my eye about the listing is the positive spin on "Directly across from the zoo!" Let's see...screaming kids, animal noises, and oh yeah...SMELLS. Yet another example of "lovely place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there!"

Anonymous said...

Directly across from the Zoo? Directly across from the Zoo???

Isn't that code for, "On warm summer days, you'll be positively suicidal since you can't open a bloody window to let some air in without inviting in Eau De Elephant Turd. Yes, you won't be able to believe your own stupidity as the rank smell of the lion's den washes over every BBQ get together you ever have! Make your friends and family vaguely nauseous, invite them over and seat them next to the windows!"

Thanks, I'll pass. Hoo doggies, that's a home position that could have only seemed like a good idea during the boom.

Sara said...

To be fair: that's a great neighborhood (so long as you never want to park on the street). The zoo is pleasant and not smelly.

mudslicker said...

At least I'd sleep well knowing that a bag of marshmallows is not too far away (they still do encourage that all the polar bears have them as a steady diet, right?).

Anonymous said...

Zoos are pretty smelly by nature, Sara. I'm sure it's a very nice Zoo, but not smelly? Every Zoo I've ever been to on a warm summer's day is really smelly.

I wonder what in the world they do to make it not smelly? Maybe they could share the secret because the one here in Denver is horribly smelly (but otherwise nice) within about a one mile radius and we have next to no humidity out here.

Lots of rain plus exotic animals seems like a recipe for stench.

Stuart said...

Nagel print! Nagel print in the hallway! Suh-weet! I got my Bad Art of the 80's fix right there.

Whew ... anyway, a friend of mine lives in the East Bay area of California, and the design trend seems to be Large Bathroom Windows That Allow Anyone To See You. In fact, his house and three of the neighbors' houses all face each others' bathrooms, as if it's a little toilet courtyard. I don't get the point of a window you have to block with blinds or curtains.

But then, I like Nagel prints, so my views cannot be trusted ...

Sara said...

Ah, poor noseless Nagels. I'm surprised how often they show up in listings. Maybe I'll start a collection...

Callisto said...

Look at all the counter space! *Envy* I don't even have anything rude to say... Just... the counter space, I tell you!

Anecdote time: The peeping window reminds me of something I did last year. I was gazing out my back window, deep in though, not paying any attention to where my eyes were directed. Well my back window conveniently looks straight into the back windows of my neighbors. Some movement caught my eye and I snapped out of my daze... To realize I had been watching somebody shower. :D Thank goodness it was frosted glass, at least.

Scott said...

Yes, the Woodland Park Zoo is set back from the street (and has a huge parking lot) plus all the stinkier animals are way in the back. It's also a surprisingly small zoo for such a large city. Nice neighborhood too.

This and the last entry reminded me of a subtle fact about my house that may prevent someone from making a mistake. The old house originally didn't have a bathroom and when they added one they took room out of a smaller bedroom instead of a much larger one. This seemed like a mistake until I realized this was to make sure the bathroom wasn't visible from the front door which was considered tacky back then.

Anonymous said...

I know it has been awhile since I have been to a Zoo, but I don't remember them being that stinky.

I love the house, and don't mind window treatments to block the view of the pervs next door, but when you look at the street view the desirability goes way down for me. How the heck do you even get a vehicle into those garages? It looks like the moving truck might take out your second story if he veers off course just a little.

My other concern is with the second bath. There is a mile of counter space, but then the sink is smashed into the corner!

Sara said...

Ah, anonymous, those styles of garages are quite controversial in Seattle. The builders put eight townhouses where there used to be one ranch, and are required (I believe) to include garage space. But they're not required to have the garages actually be usable.

I'm in favor of urban density rather than sprawl, and have no problem with townhouses. But there must be a better way of designing them.

Sara said...

More on the garages:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2003825924_rams08.html

Glory von Hathor said...

Nah, there's a blind up to block you from view of the neighbours. It's the peep-show window for squirrels at the top of the wall you've got to worry about.

Bloody squirrels.

Anonymous said...

Across from the zoo is a good thing in my book! I just bought a home 2 blocks from Zoo Atlanta and would gladly have one facing it.
Zoo Atanta does not stink.
If you visit a zoo that stinks call PETA or the AZA.

I also have a squirrel peep window. Cute agile evil little creatures!
Alex

Amy said...

After looking at the other pictures for the listing who cares? I would flash many people to live in that lovely house!

Anonymous said...

big bathroom windows are big in Florida too especially in the 1990's
In Florida homes you would find them on them on the front of the house...you know the usual split plan with 2 bed rooms on one side and the master bed rm on the other side with the BIG window in the master bath...

Higher said...

Nothing a little frosted window film wouldn't take care of. Love. This. House.

The garage looks like it might be what we call up here a "tandem garage", that is... "Honey, back up your damned car so I can get out, I'm late for work again..."

Anonymous said...

"If you visit a zoo that stinks call PETA or the AZA. "

Ah shoot. Now I'm sincerely concerned about the Denver Zoo, because really, it smells like a circus. It occurs to me that perhaps I'm just very sensitive to the smell of zoos (even though I've worked with horses in the past, and that smell doesn't bother me.)

Live and learn, I guess! Some folks aren't as bothered by the smell of a zoo as others.

Which is good, because the house in question seems quite lovely. Lovely with some blinds, that is!

Elessa said...

What I haven't understood is who thinks it is a good idea to have the clothes closet in the bathroom? Seriously stupid idea due to moisture in the air from steamy showers, not to mention the inherent moisture simply from the toilet use and sink.

Friends of mine bought a house in 2003 with a large master bathroom incorporating the clothes closet. They had to buy silica cartons to place in the closet to absorb the moisture from the bathroom. Once a week these would be filled with water collected from the air to be disposed of.

I am sorry, but personally the thought of mildew and mold on my clothing is a huge turnoff no matter how much I would love to have a larger bathroom with a large vanity and sunken tub.

Anonymous said...

Woodland Park Zoo doesn't stink because it never is more than 50 degrees here. The constant, chilling, downpouring of rain helps keeps the smells down as well.
I would trade some good old poopy stink smell for this crappy weather any day!
How bout it Seattleites?

LadyPac said...

It's a lovely house, and I wouldn't even care about the zoo, as long as "sound" wasn't one of the things listed under "View(s)". That would confuse the ^%&* out of me each day.