Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bikes and Sights: The Abandoned Home

“Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.”
- Brian Andreas -

When you bike instead of walk you cover a lot of ground in a relatively short period of time, and ride through areas that you never could with a car. It’s a wonderful way to discover hidden spaces, and interesting places. Like the abandoned home we ran across a few neighbourhoods away from ours...

Be still my beating heart...

There were other abandoned buildings hear the house.

What happened to the roof? Well, at least there's plenty of light coming in.

Very unique window

Meanwhile, back at the abandoned house we discover a side door entrance being consumed by vegetation.

This is the front door. Did we dare enter? What do you think?

So wonderfully creepy!

At least you don't have to clean windows.

Aspiring artists have had a field day in here with their...um...interesting additions.

It looks like Tracy was here.

And so was Castro?

I'm guessing this kitchen is no longer serving anything.

This was probably a really nice fireplace way back when.

That it is. For this home. And for this post.

I love abandoned places, and the creepier they are, the better. They look more ominous on cloudy days, but I haven’t figured out yet how to control the weather when I’m photographing, so until then, I’ll take what I can get.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

36 comments:

  1. Kind of sad too, the neglect. But nice photos!

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  2. If I knew that electricity could be put in and that walls could be rebuild I would move in in a second, I would paint almost everything out and i would have my house, of course my forever problem, is there a pharmacy or doctor nearby, ,cause without my medicine, i'd die and then my three cats well they need a close veternarian care...of course i wouldn't tradethem for the world but if I were alone i'd take my chances and i'd move in, it would be home.....I love the photos you take for some reason they always give me hope xxx

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    1. This house is pretty much close to everything, but it's so far gone. I imagine it'll be torn down soon, and something else will go up. It was fun to photograph, but it would have been better without all the graffiti.

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  3. It's like you have a new local art gallery, LOL!

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    1. You got that right, Debra! They should start charging admission :)

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  4. You did manage to find some creepy places. That building looks like a set from a horror film.

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    1. It's too bad it wasn't cloudy. These places always look better on those days.

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  5. You're right to say that bikes can lead you to places that you otherwise would have never found. What an interesting place to stumble across!!

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    1. That's the best part of biking. And we've stumbled across so many cool things this summer.

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  6. Wow- the taggers sure had a heyday with this old house.

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    1. They sure did. And I imagine there'll be more of that!

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  7. Sad to think that a family one bought that home new and loved it. Think of the Christmases and birthdays. Babies made and born. It must be full of memories along with the pictures of penises.

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    1. It really is sad. And no doubt that are many memories in that home. It's very creepy walking through; like there are ghosts inside.

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  8. I find it sad when homes are left to abandon ... but wow, you got some great shots ..
    The fireplace must have been wonderful 'in its day'

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    1. I find it sad, too, Margie. I bet this home looked beautiful at one time.

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  9. I like abandoned places but it 's sad to see them vandalized. Here any vacant place where the taxes are not paid is demolished.

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    1. They seem to take their time here. I wonder what the story is behind this one, and how long before they take it down. It's in the middle of a fairly new area.

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  10. that graffiti artist sure had fun there

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  11. People who paint graffiti make my blood boil. What the hell is the point? Deep breath ...

    Shame it can't be refurbished. It would make for a lovely home for someone who needs it.

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    1. And the land is quite extensive for a city lot, so it would certainly be a beautiful area to live. We don't live far from here, and well see what happens. I'm curious to see that.

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  12. Wish they had left it alone or at least painted nice things , poor old house ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. I agree. Some really nice artistic additions would have been much more appealing.

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  13. I like discovering these places too, Martha. I imagine what its history may have been and how it ended up this way.
    I love your photos of 'nature' slowly but surely taking over this man-made building....soon it will covered in plant life.

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    1. Nature eventually claims what is hers. Plant life is definitely taking over this house.

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  14. Graffiti "artists" are usually so… classy. ;) I like abandoned places, too. In the wilderness of Idaho where I lived, you can frequently find abandoned homesteads and the like back in the hills, and all kinds of glass bottles and other treasures around them. No graffiti there-- just stone and wood being reclaimed by the earth. If the house is more modern and closer to civilization, then yeah, it will probably succumb to spray paint and vandalism. Sad, that. Abandoned homes could be such a cool haven of escape, and yet they trash them.

    I did notice that there are a few soda cans and water bottles in the defunct kitchen. I wonder when the last time was someone was there?

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    1. I imagine it hasn't been too long since people stopped in here. Perhaps some teens? Young people. Who knows? In any case, if they'd just left it in one piece, they would have had a nice place to hang out at.

      I don't think this home will be around for long. It's in the middle of a fairly new neighbourhood, and it's a good piece of real estate.

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  15. Nothing like urban pornography - but they don't usually have it hanging inside a gallery. And that looked like a graffiti art gallery to me. Quite a concept. Not that I intend to start visiting abandoned houses looking for great art - still - it is fun to see!

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    1. You got it, Francie, urban pornography! LOL... Can't say it appealed to me. Some graffiti is actually beautiful. Not this stuff. This is just vandalism.

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  16. Very cool post, Martha. That kitchen though makes me cry.

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    1. The kitchen is the saddest part of this house. It's always the main area of any home, and it's heartbreaking to see it so lifeless.

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  17. You're braver than I am, Martha! Creepy places send me running. I often wish the rooms could talk and share their stories. I'm sure those stories would be fascinating.

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    1. I never visit these places alone; that's for sure! But I love walking through them.

      No doubt this home has stories to share. I would love to be able to travel in time when I'm in these types of places and get a glimpse of the people that gave them life.

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  18. creepay ... no not for me ... I don't do abandoned houses ... whenever I pass one while out and about exploring ... it makes me kinda sad ... what happened? did the kids not want the ol homestead? no kids? couldn't sell it?

    I also see abandoned businesses and think of the dreams someone had ... wonder what happened... yeah... makes me kinda sad ... I do wish the county or state or city or whoever is is charge would tear the structures down.. just ruins some little towns and neighborhoods.

    Not to mention a wonderful hideout place for dopers and robbers and all manner of evil doers ...

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    1. I wonder about the story behind all of them, too. It really is sad. I imagine it takes time to decide what to do with these places. Legal issues and things. Eventually, they all come down. But until then, I can photograph!

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