If you have ever driven down 34th Ave West, you have seen the house flying a Confederate flag, with a classic red pickup in front and piles of junk all over the yard. The house has always been a mess in this neighborhoold of nicely kept homes, with beat up cars everywhere and trash around the propery. Now the man who has lived in the home since the 1950’s has been evicted.
The man was legally removed from the home because he owed back taxes and the bank took the home back. He has reportedly lived there all his life and the home was given to him by his mother.
The home was sold in a public auction and the buyer bought it sight unseen for around $300,000. The new owner is now responsible for cleaning it up. When we visited the house today neighbors told us that the new owners are beginning the process but its unclear how long it will take to make it liveable. Some wonder if the house will have to be torn down. There are reports of human waste in the house and when we looked in the windows you could see it was filled with garbage. The back yard is also severely overgrown. It looks like a huge amount of work.
Neighbors are relieved to have the man gone. They say the place has been an eyesore for years and he has refused to clean it. The home has not had running water for over two years and he actually tried to tap into the neighbor’s water line at one point. The place is filled with debris. The man was known to visit neighborhood garage sales and purchase more stuff to add to his piles of junk.
No word on where the former owner is now.