3 Unique Homes Built Just for Spite

Forget siblings, government officials, and the public at large: These stubborn homeowners bow to no one.

By Alison Caporimo from Reader's Digest Magazine | September 2013
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No, Move the Highway

Elderly homeowners Luo Baogen and his wife wouldn’t give in to the government when city representatives demanded to buy their home in Wenling, China, so they could demolish it and build a highway. When the neighboring homes were knocked down, the Baogens stayed put, and the road was constructed around their house.

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Get Off My Lot!

To prevent people from using the alley next to his house, an irritable resident filled the space with this seven-foot-wide abode in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Oh, Brother

What if you and your brother had inherited a big plot of land—and he built a huge house on it while you were away serving in the military? That’s exactly what happened in Boston in 1874. Left with only a sliver of property, the resourceful soldier constructed a small wooden house abutting his brother’s, blocking the sunlight and destroying his sibling’s view.

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