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Man annoys neighbors with polka dot house

Posted by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:47 AM
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LOL either I am really tired or this is absolutely HILARIOUS. OMG LOL. What would you do if you lived next to someone who had a polka dot house? Hahahaha


The Polka Dot House Next Door: Awesome or Eyesore?


Jim Deitz puts the final touches on his polka dot house. (AP Photo/Grand Forks Herald, Eric Hylden)


Polka dots aren't just for bikinis, according to the Grand Forks painter behind the now-famous polka dot house.

Jim Deitz, a retired house painter, is in the process of converting a two-story house into an apartment rental complex, by covering the exterior in brightly-colored dots. "Pizza delivery drivers won't have any trouble finding this place," Deitz joked to the Associated Press on Wednesday. "You can't miss it."

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The paint upgrade of his 100-year-old home has become a local attraction, reports the Grand Forks Herald, with crowds gathered daily to watch Deitz choose colors for his slightly imperfect circles. He first got the idea for the project after a virtual tour of colorful homes. "I looked at all kinds of crazy paint jobs on the Internet and came up with this polka dot deal," Deitz said. "She looks good."

But not everyone's digging the dots. Ryan Brooks, a local city planner, thinks the home is a blight on the neighborhood. "I think my opinion is the same as everybody - I wouldn't want to be living next to it," Brooks told the AP.

But there's more to this story than what assaults the eye. Last year, the city backed out of a plan to buy Deitz's home for $100,000.

Now Brooks sees a connection between the dots and the failed deal. Is it a form of protest? An aggressive flick off to city planners? It's neither, says Deitz. He's just hoping the dots will brighten up the neighborhood, and perhaps, up his property value. (He says he'd charge the city $50,000 more if they wanted to reconsider a purchase with the new paint job. Any takers?)

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Despite his pro-dot stance, the new landlord must have anticipated some dissent. Before going ahead with his plans, Deitz checked with City Hall to make sure he wasn't breaking any law by showering his home in circles. Turns out house-dotting is totally legal in area, if not neighborly. "I'm glad you don't live next to me," fellow painter and Grand Forks resident Gary Kokron told Deitz when he saw the house. Technically, the new landlord doesn't actually live there. The place he calls home is a decidedly dot-free house nearby.

Video: purple paint causes neighborhood stir

This isn't the first time a fresh coat of neon paint has stirred controversy. Back in February, an Orange County couple turned their home into a bright green billboard in order to pay their mortgage, much to the dismay of neighboring families. In Edenton, North Carolina, one home's purple shutters had locals screaming to City Hall. And in Thorntown, Indiana, homeowners raged against one resident's outrageous lawn decorations, which include a giant Styrofoam alligator and a graffiti-covered motorboat. But is it art? Not to disgruntled neighbors.

In most towns in America, you'll find a debate brewing over those oddball homes considered eyesores by some and creative expressions by others. Is there a house in your area that sticks out from the rest? We want to see it. Upload photos of the wackiest home in your neighborhood to our Flickr group or share it with us on Facebook. We'll feature the most eye-popping submissions in a gallery on Shine.

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ThePinkRobot
by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:48 AM
I love it sooooo much!
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eve210
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 1:48 AM
LMAO!! It's really funny. I'm tired too though and everything makes me laugh when I'm sleepy lol
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Jess821
by Jessica on May. 4, 2012 at 1:48 AM
I love it! Lol
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AF2011
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2012 at 1:50 AM
Hahaha its cute. I don't know how christmas decorations are gonna look when it comes that time
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mrstheriault
by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:50 AM
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haha!! i think it's adorable!! i'd rather live in a neighborhood where every house was covered with polka dots than live where the dogs bark and howl all day and night!!!

CBMMOM
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM

I'm kind of leaning towards "eyesore". 

reesesami
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM
I think it would be awesome to be neighbors with that guy. I love artistic homes.
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zebbyzebby06
by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:53 AM
Thats in my state pretty sure it was in our paper other day lol
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PEEK05
by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:53 AM

I would love to see a polka dot house, haha.

schatzi869
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2012 at 1:53 AM

I love it!

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