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Sep. 12, 2008 at 11:05am

a..hole home owners

I was walking up 36th this morning when I noticed that a house being built that was completely blocking the next door neighbors view. I stopped and talked to the builders who said that the homeowners bought the land, knocked down the existing one story house and decided to build up. This house is not just blocking some of the view, it is blocking the whole thing. Tacoma needs some legislation against this. The house is one house in on the corner of 36th and warner and they are a..holes.

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by KevinFreitas on 9/12/2008 @ 11:15am
That does suck. Aside from views helping regulate that sort of thing can prevent a lot of neighbor animosity. I contend with gas prices and staying home more, liking your neighbors is going to be that much more important.

by thriceallamerican on 9/12/2008 @ 11:28am
1) Can we just use the words? I don't see what typing "a..hole" gains us. Asshole asshole asshole! (Now don't we feel better?)

2) Seems sorta NIMBY-esque to me. I'll grant that I might be a little bit PO'd (ha, look, now I did it!) if someone built in front of my view, but geez, we live in the fucking city... I'm definitely anti-ginormous-house, and very pro-historic-preservation, but as soon as we're limiting heights/size, then we're limiting multifamily and other elements that are going to bring Tacoma the density it should have.

3) Apparently I'm feeling surly today. Sorry...

by intacoma on 9/12/2008 @ 12:12pm
thats my house I'm building so fu, your just mad cause you lost your view

by chrism39 on 9/12/2008 @ 3:57pm
It's not my view and who wouldn't be mad that they lost their view? This house is in an old neighborhood with existing homes and no room for multifamily anyway. Tacoma will never have the density of seattle and will never be seattle. I posted because I don't think someone should be able to buy an existing house and tear it down to block someone else's view.

by intacoma on 9/12/2008 @ 4:32pm
I'm just messing with you, its hilarious how your always getting mad at people and running to the internet. Well aren't there certain permits needed for heights?

I see where your coming from though :)

by Erik on 9/12/2008 @ 4:48pm
How tall is the house being built? What is the height limit in the area?

by AP on 9/12/2008 @ 5:30pm
Multifamily and density are two things we don't need on 36th hill. That crap can go anywhere. Blocking views sucks. Not sure how to regulate, however. How's that for a nothing post?

by Twisty on 9/12/2008 @ 6:52pm
I am always astounded when I read a story like this. Astounded that people just don't get it.

Real estate is an investment. And like all investments, an investment in real estate comes with an element of risk. There is no guarantee that a piece of real estate will increase in value, or even maintain its value.

When the home owner who is losing his view bought his house, he knew that there was a buildable lot next door, between his home and the view. He should have realized that there was a chance that this could happen. Furthermore, if the value of his home is so dependent on the view, he should have realized that his home was riskier than most.

And just exactly who should control what happens to the lot now being built upon? The owner, or the neighbors?

by chrism39 on 9/12/2008 @ 10:07pm
intacoma you are right I do get angry and run to the internet, I do this to save my friends and family from hearing me complain about things that are none of my business and I can do nothing about. My husband always says to me " what do you care it's not your house, kid, dog, business" But even though these things are none of my business venting about them feels good. I guess i could just write in my journal ( which I do) but my journal doesn't talk back. And @twisty I get it, the homeowner who bought his house did not know that there was a buildable lot next door, because when he bought his house there was an existing house on the lot. People don't buy houses assuming that someone is going to come in and knock an existing house down. I guess what bothers me is the complete lack of consideration. I couldn't live with myself if i knew that my beautiful view came at the total expense of another persons.

by fredo on 9/13/2008 @ 10:05am
Home owners in these view sensitive areas should purchase the neighboring properties on the downhill side if they want protection for their views. On the positive side, people who own properties which lose their view will probably be eligible for some property tax relief if it can be shown that the property value has been compromised.

These teardowns in desirable neighborhoods which are replaced by more spectacular homes has been going on all along the west coast for at least 30 years. The only home owners unaware of this phenomenon are woefully out of touch with the world.

by chrism39 on 9/13/2008 @ 11:06am
Fredo do you try and irritate people? or are you just woefully unaware of how you choose to express yourself? I am very aware of the fact that the tear down phenomenon has been going on for quite some time,but that does not mean that I have to like it, condone it or go along with it.

by fredo on 9/13/2008 @ 11:34am
Your original posting didn't reflect any awareness of the teardown phenomenon. Please reread it. You seem to be lashing out with a vulgarity at homeowners who are trying merely to improve their property. Not to put too fine a point on it, you neglected to find out if the teardown property and the blocked view property were in fact owned by the same person. If you will provide me with the addresses, I will find and post the information. I know an owner in the neighborhood who bought an adjoining property to build a new home.

by NineInchNachos on 9/13/2008 @ 7:44pm
I enjoy these debates.

please carry on.

by fredo on 9/14/2008 @ 8:39pm
I've examined the subject property. Its a 2 story ranch style home with a porch on the view side. For all intents and purposes its just like all the new construction on the north slope and stack hill areas. If anything, it's on the small side and is sited in such a manner that no one's view is substantially diminished. There's no question this construction is per spec and per code.

The only thing notable about this construction is that there's a blog posting about it.

by AP on 9/14/2008 @ 8:51pm
People have every right to build up and block peoples' views. Their neighbors also have every right to think they are assholes, and blog about them incessantly.


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