How much do your neighbors hate you?

Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Real Estate

Do your neighbors hate you? Have they ever expressed such hate with words? What about with art?

Every neighborhood is host to disputes, debates and clashes between neighbors. Often property line disputes account for the conflict. Other times, personal matters between neighbors get the best of one side (or both).

Middle Finger StatueDavid Muscat, of Melbourne, Australia, took his contempt for his neighbors to a higher level. He constructed a large statue of a middle finger and placed this expression of anger on his lawn for all to see. Almost four feet tall, the owner/artist carved the gesture using a chainsaw. Other incidents involving this artist include noise complaints and a physical dispute with a neighborhood couple.

For more information about this lawn art, check out the following articles:

  • Shaun Turton's article in the Manningham Leader about this "Neighbor from Hell"
  • The Daily Mail's article about the incident, which explains the fines he was issued.

Middle Finger Statue

At the end of the day, we all have to live near each other. You can control where you live, but you can't control your neighbors. For the sake of everyone around you, try to get along - even if you have urges to build a lawn ornament to express your anger. And give thanks that you don't live next door to David Muscat!




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Scott Silverstone, Realtor®
The Jacobson Team
William Raveis Real Estate
203-815-9118 (Mobile)


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Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

My current neighbors are pretty much non descript and we don't interface.

My choice.

The original owners, and thusly my original neighbors, moved away and rented out their homes. They were really great people, and lots of fun.

Aug 07, 2011 09:05 AM #1
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Mr. Muscat seems to have the  mental age of an eight-year-old!  That's one of the joys of living in the woods - we can't see our neighbors!  I do know that people are generally upset by the condition of many foreclosed properties.  Those are "bad" neighbors!

Aug 07, 2011 09:16 AM #2
Scott Silverstone
William Raveis Real Estate - New Haven, CT, Connecticut Luxury & Waterfront Realty

Jon - Glad to hear things are quiet in your area.

Julia - I agree - he is going on 50, yet has too many petty issues with his neighbors. A bad neighbor is an absentee neighbor, like a vacant foreclosure.

Aug 07, 2011 09:42 AM #3
Howard and Susan Meyers
The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore - Winnetka, IL

There's nothing better than a great neighbor...

           nothing worse than a bad neighbor.

Aug 07, 2011 11:59 AM #4
Pam Crawford
RE/MAX Professional Associates - Auburn, MA
Owner-RE/MAX Prof. Assoc.,MBA, CDPE, CRS, ABR

I live in Spencer Mass, and saw two neighbors doing something similar.  One neighbor put a shrine close to their property line.  This shrine included some dead looking stuffed animals and a toilet.  It is not fun having fights with neighbors.

Aug 07, 2011 03:10 PM #5
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