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I have been watching this house for at least 25 years in Denton!

 I guessed it was going to fall sometime ago. 

This house is vacant at this time however there where people living in it at one time with the leaning.

Why would anyone keep this house standing I don't know.

This house in person looks worse than in the photo.

This maybe a case of sentimental attachment what do you think?

Only in Texas!!!

Do you think that they are waiting for the city to condemn it and tear it down??

 I have an update on this house! it is now for sale

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Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

I would hate to be a neighbor!  I would think that would drive property values down the drain! I would be calling the city if I was a neighbor I think.

Dec 12, 2008 01:33 PM #1
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

Hi Robert

Is that a roll roof patch job front and center under the top floor windows?

Looks like a DIY job , so maybe they are broke.

I am guessing that they could jack that place right back to level.Also just curious if you have ever spoken to the inhabitants.Thanks for posting the pic as it is fun to look at and imagine what opening doors and windows is like.

Dec 12, 2008 03:49 PM #2
Robert Flaa
R Eyes Home Inspections - Denton, TX
#9501 Home Inspector

Sherry - This is still a small town of 100,000 people and the house is located over by North Texas University where most of the houses are rentals making the homes value what the rent is. So i think that the owner is probably waiting for the city to take it down for free. If i was the neighbor i would be afraid that it would fall on my house.

Bob - Your eyes are not deceiving you you spotted the patch and the roofer probably told them that they would not be able to tell it was there!!! Jacking the house would take a talent that is not possessed here on earth i think. The house is not only leaning to the right but to the back as well. O i was talking with a friend today and we seam to remember that there was a fire in the house 10 -15 years ago. How do these kinds of things pass the city when I get a ticket for a car sitting an my warehouse property for a week, from the code enforcement???? Whats up with that???

Dec 13, 2008 07:52 AM #3
Suzy Flute
RE/MAX North Associates - Denton, TX

That is classic old school Denton, isn't it?  Gotta love it though.  Definitely a conversation piece for the Denton area. 

Jan 01, 2009 02:51 PM #4
Carissa Acker
Real Estate by Design with Keller Williams Realty - Denton, TX

You know I absolutely love this old house!  Friends and I always refer to it as the "leaning house of Denton" and everyone knows exactly which one we're talking about.  I've seen people that looked like they were living in it not but a year's been that long since I've paid any attention as to if it is still there.  Note to self:  go check on this house.  Thanks for the smile!

Sep 15, 2009 10:11 AM #5
james myers

That house has luanched grammies, novels & distinguised art carrers.

It's finally getting killed after a forclosure auction last October. It was originally a well built farm house, I always imagined one of the many wealthy people who started off here would rescue it.

The problem, the reason it leans, is that it lies across an underground stream that feeds down under the old industreal arts building and eventually under Wilis.

I lived at 1822 west Oak in about..1991? My friend upstairs was Mike Malinin, Goo Goo Dolls drummer. Leaning House Jazz had Earl Harvin & Dave Palmer, among others. They also published some books.
Here's Palmer with Fiona Apple.

Here's some recent Earl. although Earl is best known as drummer for Seal's Record of the Year.
It's been home to student bohemian types for a long, long time.
A blacksmith & sculptor here in the Bay area, Toby lived there with me.

Here's another former resident artist Brad Tucker.

Also one of the major dealers at Pace-Waldenstein.

It's going to be felled soon. I looked this up to help document it a little.

Mar 26, 2011 09:49 PM #6
Robert Flaa
Wow James there is a lot of history in that leaning house who would have guessed. Thank you all for your coments about this old house in Denton Texas. Hopefully this will stay as a reminder of the legacy that it is long after it is gone.
Mar 27, 2011 03:30 AM #7
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