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House Stalkers R Us

by - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

House-stalking is one my and DH’s favourite pastimes. It can be as innocent as walking down the street at dusk, peeking into neighbour’s houses as the fading sunlight helps make our overt voyeurism less obvious, just as they turn on their indoor lights, helping us to see all the beautiful things they have in their homes. Or it can be quickly taking a tour of a house under construction, bypassing a temporary fence to see the newly poured foundation or framing going up. Or it can go to the extreme of parking our car down the street so as not to attract attention, creeping past the For Sale sign, feeling your beautiful fencework by hand (because we can’t quite see it in the dark), having HandyMan boost me up so I can see the upstairs hallway, and standing in the front bushes in order to get a better look at how you placed your living room furniture and see what kind of chandelier you’ve chosen. Not that I’m saying that’s what we did the other night at Sarah’s house. Nuh-uh. If your nice neighbour-lady with the Scottish Terrier says that she saw two shadowy figures standing by your front window… it wasn’t us ;)

I always tend to be the one peeking over my shoulder when we undertake one of these real estate rendezvous. HandyMan is a lot more oblivious to the “no trespassing” signs. I wonder if it’s a ‘male’ thing because I’ve met quite a few guys who just like HandyMan are excited by the site of an under-construction or abandoned building. I should trust him though because sometimes we get to see some really cool stuff. My fear of being caught though often stops me in my tracks. How about you folks… any crazy sneaking-into-a-house stories to share?

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18 comments

  1. Ha ha... so we're not the only ones who do things like this? PHEW.

    We sneak in homes under construction on our street almost every week. We shamelessly go to open houses because the house looks nice. We do drive bys, park the car around the corner and walk around trying to blend in like the "locals"

    What's wrong with it!? it's not like we're staring at people's children.. oh wait, I do that too sometimes :o

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  2. Anonymous12:34 PM

    Not as deliberate about it as you guys, but I do love peeking into houses too. That's why I love this time of year. It's getting darker earlier and you can see more easily into windows. I swear I'm only looking for decoration inspiration! Unlike yours though, my husband thinks I'm being nosy and creepy. But I'm not.

    Although, when our house was going up, I had to try hard not to think about all the creepy, nosy people who were helping themselves to our construction site. : ) I just hope that no one memorized our floorplan for ill-use.

    jbhat

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  3. This weekend we went to check out an old boarded up house that's for sale. After checking out the back yard and going into to porch to look in the front windows we noticed the back door was open. We snuck in to check the state of things. It was so spooky and dark with the windows boarded up and i was afraid someone was hiding out in there. The house was so cute with hardwood floors and original light fixtures, but there were huge holes in the ceiling and a very gross musty smell. We ran out after seeing all the mold in the basement. It was so exciting-and it feels good to confess!

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  4. katherine - open houses - I forgot about that! We're guilty of that too. But how can I resist...all the houses in my neighbourhood are the exact same layout that I just HAVE to look and compare ;)

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  5. jbhat - fall is the best time for house-stalking, isn't it :)

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  6. Glad I could help you get that off your chest, blzbug! I tend to let HandyMan inspect the spooky boarded up houses on his own, lol.

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  8. We're the same way but our neighbors are way more accommodating. We were walking our dog one day and the owner of the house at the end of our street invited us in and showed us his house, top to bottom. He's a contractor that recently put on a back addition that we've been curious about since we first viewed our place. It was pretty satisfying to get a full tour of a place we'd been spying on and really great to see a house that is done.

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  9. Great post! We do the same thing, and now I know this is "normal" behavior. We were staying at a friend's parents house when Jeff busted down the temporary wall to their addition b/c he couldn't resist the temptation to peek inside. It took us almost an hour to get the door reattached!

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  10. Guilty! And N and I fall into the same pattern with his devil-may-care attitude usually winning out over my slight trepidation. One of us has to be good I guess. I remember noticing in some European countries, especially in urban areas, how open and public people's main floor rooms are--often windows are left bare and the rooms seem almost staged for public viewing. I wish we were more like that here.

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  11. I feel like I'm house-stalking by reading this blog! Only I don't feel bad about it, because, well, it's a blog. If only all the renovators in our neighbourhood were reno-bloggers...

    Sigh, in a perfect world...

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  12. jessie - I haven't gone to that extreme, tearing down a wall, so not sure that is normal, lol. Hope the peek was worth it though!

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  13. pip, you're so lucky - I wish our neighbours would invite us in. Just last night, we saw that a neighbour had completely renovated the interior, removed most of the walls, and did everything in a white mirrored/classy look. Would have loved to see it up close.

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  14. s & n - I like when the windows are bare too... but then I wonder, how can those people live with no curtains up and everything exposed, lol!

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  15. stephanie, feel free to stalk away. I won't show you the messy bits of the house though, lol :) I just checked out your blog...your miniatures are impressive! You're very talented.

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  16. Thanks Wanderluster :) And I'm glad I found your blog. We bought our house a couple years ago, and I've since been reading the G&M Real Estate section pretty regularly since then; it's all just so interesting and inspiring. You guys are doing a great job, and I admire your skills! I'm feeling more and more inspired to take on some of the smaller jobs myself.

    Thanks for the inspiration, and I'll carry on now with my stalking :)

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  17. I do this and yes, feel guilty...but it's so fun! Now that I have a wall of glass, I'm a bit paranoid about being exposed...it's no so bad yet since they haven't built up around me, but it's just a matter of time...

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  18. I'm terrible about this. I just can't help myself.

    We used to live in a neighborhood where houses were still being built. The biggest one we'd ever seen in our neighborhood had just gone up and I was DYING to look inside before somebody moved in. One evening we pried open one of the windows and climbed in. When we were upstairs, we heard the front door open--it was the new owners! Yikes!

    Luckily, they were VERY nice about it and laughed instead of calling the police. They even showed us around and told us about their future decorating plans. A funny way to meet the new neighbors. -Julia :-)

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