‘Spite houses’ are obnoxious buildings designed to annoy the neighbors
Spite houses have been around since the 18th century, and their sole purpose is to annoy a rival.
They have gained popularity over the years, and some even sell for upwards of $500,000, despite the impracticality of the design.
In most cases, a spite house carries an interesting history that both fascinate and amuse townsfolk. Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.
TO SPITE A SIBLING
In Beirut, a sister built a complex building known as Al Ba’sa, or “the Grudge” that looks like a thick wall from far away and only measures 23 inches at one end.
The sole purpose of the building was to block the view from her brother’s complex on the neighboring plot
TO SPITE A SPOUSE
The most famous divorce spite house is known as Plum Island’s Pink House.
When the original homeowner convinced his wife to cede to a divorce back in 1925, she agreed but one condition: He had to builda replica of their house for her to live in.
TO SPITE A NEIGHBOR
Her neighbors objected, and the red tape delayed her construction plans. To get even, Lisle-Mainwaring painted her house in eye-catching red and white strips.
When her neighbors took the matter the court, the judge ruled in her favor, and she didn’t need to repaint. It is known as the Candy Cane House today.
It is common practice to paint a spite house in bright and glaring colors to annoy a neighbor.
TO SPITE CAPITALISM
Edith Macefield had only one wish in life: to spend the rest of her days living in her quaint little house in Seattle.
Macefield refused, and they were eventually forced to build around her house, which later became the inspiration for the film “Up!”
TO SPITE THE CITY
Back in the early 1900’s Charles Froling was furious when the city took a portion of his land to build a new road.
A more positive trend nowadays is the Tiny House movent which is taking the world by storm.
In some instances also referred to as granny pods, the homes provide everything cratered to a simplified life.
High-tech granny pods can also be fitted out with medical equipment and range in prices from $85,000 to $125,000. Read more about it here.