Over the years, as I drive back and forth on my very short drive to work, I’ve seen a few houses like this. One was definitely in foreclosure. I watched as the roof nearly rotted off. It was 2-3 years before it became occupied again. And the house has a brand new roof now and great new plantings (a gardener would notice these things).
Then earlier this year, a very elderly lady died. Her lawn became like this one, but amazingly, the gardens around the house look great. First some great iris bloomed and now she has some lovely climbing roses that are just finishing up. I actually featured a tree from her property last fall–readers may remember the weeping willow.
I’m always reluctant to go around taking photos of strangers’ homes but it was very clear that this house is unoccupied. If I were a little bolder I would have walked up and looked in the windows but even from where I stood I could see that it was probably empty. This is a corner lot and as I drove around the corner I could see some abandoned things propped against the back of the house as well.
From here it’s easier to see the grass. Hard to believe suburban grass can get like this! I’m not entirely sure how long the house has stood like this. I started to notice its “abandoned” looking state about a month ago.
One other thing about this house: It used to have a funky cool wrought iron gazebo in the side yard (if I’m remembering the correct house.) That’s now gone. So someone came and dismantled it. I can only hope it was heirs and not someone who sold it for scrap!
[As an update, I found this outdated listing using a Google earth photo from 2007. The gazebo I remember is in the photo. It’s pretty cool. I do hope a relative or family member has it]