Nasty, Disgusting, Dirty, Unhealthy, Messy, Ugly House

June 23rd, 2009 · 49 Comments

Folks, we have a frontrunner for Ugliest House of the Year.  Warning:  The pictures you are about to see are NOT for the faint of heart.  I risked my health taking these pictures.

If you are brave and have a strong stomach, then I’ll take you on a tour.  We’ll even see a few “before” pictures.

A little history.  This was a delightful home in west Phoenix.  3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1656 square feet.  Built in 1959.  Brick construction.  One car garage.  6,930 square foot corner lot.  Old galvanized pipes replaced with copper plumbing.  It was nice enough to appeal to a buyer who bought it in May 2006 for $213,000!

Here’s what it looked like out front in 2006.  Cute, right?  Nicely trimmed landscaping.  Green grass.

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This house went into foreclosure in 2009 and was turned back to the bank in May 2009.  It was just listed for sale this weekend for, get this, $38,900.  Wow.  What a great price!  Who wouldn’t want that house for that price?  And the photos from 2006 were good.  So I previewed it yesterday for a buyer.  This is what I saw out front:  dead grass, dead bushes, untrimmed bushes.

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Now the view to the right.

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Before we go inside, remember that this house has been vacant for at least a month.  Tax records indicate the house was a rental.  So the tenants might have simply moved out and left all their junk, er, belongings.  Whatever the case, people actually lived here and lived in this condition.

If you are mentally prepared, we will now enter the house, starting in the living room.  This is the cleanest part of the house.  I must add that during my visit, I had to put my shirt over my nose because of the smell.  It was 105 degrees in Phoenix yesterday.

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The view from the living room window looking toward the dining room.  The renters had kept birds (pigeons?) in cages (more on that later) in the dining room.  There was bird poop and feathers everywhere on the dining room floor, which was one reason for the bad smell.

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Here’s a before picture of the kitchen in 2006.

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Here’s how it looks in June 2009, the after photo.

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Opposite view so that you can see the milk cartons sitting out on the counters in 105 degree temperatures.  Yummy.

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Now to the right a bit.  They grabbed what they wanted and left the rest.

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Let’s take a walk down the hallway now.  Wait.  Stop.  What’s that sound?  Do I hear water dripping?  Yes, I do.  Oh, I see water dripping from the hallway ceiling down onto the soaking wet carpet.  I had to walk on tippy toes because of the standing water.  No wonder the house reeked of mold and mildew.

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Oh, look.  The water had caused the hallway ceiling to come down.  How nice.  [My initial thought was that the water came from a leaky evaporative cooler, but it could have been from a bad copper plumbing weld in the attic.]

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Bedroom one.  That’s not pink carpet.  That’s pink attic insulation.  The entire ceiling collapsed under the weight and sogginess of the water.  The roof is a wood shake roof, and you could see sunlight coming in from this bedroom.  The entire floor was wet and stinky.

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Bedroom two with collapsed ceiling.  Notice how the water had reached the far end of the room and was wicking up the boards.

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By this time, I was coughing and trying to get out of there as quick as possible.  The hall bathroom with standing water on the floor.

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Here’s the master bedroom before in 2006.  This picture was featured in an earlier post.

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Here’s how the master bedroom looks like in June 2009.  Everything soggy and stinky.

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The master bathroom.  They ran out of red paint and gave up.

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They enclosed the patio and made a room addition.  Isn’t it lovely with its dirty bird cages and filth and garbage?  The bird cages were completely coated in bird poop.  I walked through here just to the right of the cages along the little path to the doorway.  The stench in this room was unbearable.

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There was some kind of storage room out back, filled with dirty clothes.

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They left an old car in the garage.  Looks like the passenger front tire is missing.  You can’t walk in the garage because of the junk.

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Here’s how the back yard looked like before in 2006.  Green and pretty.

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Here’s how it looks in June 2009.  The palm tree survived but the orange tree died.

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Another view of the back yard from the other side.

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And the side yard loaded with junk and garbage.

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You can see how the before pictures from 2006 made this house look enticing to a buyer in 2009.  But what a shock to see it in this condition.  The water leak and damage plus mold remediation would cost thousands.  The shake roof was messed up too.  Then there’s the clean-up and bird poop removal and sanitation.  Total disaster.

Tags: Back Yard · Bathroom · Bedroom · Before & After · Cabinets · Carpet · Ceiling · Clutter · Dirt, Dust, & Filth · Drywall Damage · Fixer-Upper · Foreclosure · Garage or Carport · Garbage and/or Junk · Hall of Shame - Messy · Kitchen · Living Room · Mold & Mildew · Phoenix Homes · Room Addition · Safety Issue · Water Damage

49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 john // Jun 23, 2009 at 6:14 am

    This is the worst I have seen!
    If I buy, Does the car come with the house? Maybe I can use for the cash for clunkers program and off set the cost.

  • 2 WildCard45 // Jun 23, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Really, how do people live like this?????

  • 3 melbee // Jun 23, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Ohh, this poor house!! That’s a LOT of damage in just 3 years!

    I hope the 2006 seller doesn’t know about this, it’s heartbreaking. Yeah, we made fun of their cluttery decorating, but they took care of their home. 🙁

  • 4 Charlene // Jun 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I’m afraid they’ll have to clean that house with a backhoe.

    Can you buy an empty lot in Phoenix (or at least in that neighbourhood) for $38,900?

  • 5 Jenny // Jun 23, 2009 at 4:21 pm

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  • 6 VWgal // Jun 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    How sad. It was a very cute house with so much potential before – I take so much pride in my home, I can’t imagine letting it get that way (or renting it out to someone who was killing it like that)

  • 7 Glenda In Toronto // Jun 24, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Unless they were severe drug addicts or completely insane, I can’t understand how people can live like that.

  • 8 violet // Jun 26, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    they destroyed such a cute house. how awful. you were brave going in there!

  • 9 ccornacchio // Jun 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Very sad, was a nice home at one point.

  • 10 rachel // Jul 3, 2009 at 2:01 am

    umm wouldn’t it be better to just demo it? who would even touch it if it was almost unbearable to be in there? the damage seems irreparably expensive

  • 11 Centers and Squares // Jul 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    That is one of the most amazing photo essays I’ve ever come across. When I see foreclosures I’ve been stunned at how quickly people can trash houses but this is many degrees beyond anything I’ve ever seen. The comparisons to the before versions are jaw dropping. What has happened to people?!

    The more I poke around your blog the more fun I have – it’s really great.


  • 12 Kat // Jul 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    My God, I haven’t seen a property like that since I spent more than 15 years of my life cleaning up properties like this nearly every weekend and after work during the week, along with painting, making repairs, etc. One of my sisters, when she lived in this state, would help now and again, and my mother too, who, like a lot of people, thought owning and taking care of rental properties would be an easy way to get tax deductions. Not!

    I don’t think you were as descriptive as you could have been re: the stench, which in these types of “properties” is so putrid, you feel like you’ve been contaminated. There were many times while cleaning where I just had to step outside and vomit.

    This house is a great example of the everything negative associated with “baby boomers” and illegal aliens. Many of the baby boomers are selfish, egomaniacal, manipulative, greedy, inconsiderate and rude. They feel that paying rent gives them the right to destroy, damage and ignore their “habitat”. These baby boomers likely believe that by damaging the property, they are “sticking it to the man”, so to speak, to get back at “him” for their mistaken belief that “all landlords are rich”.

    Of course, the damage could have been intentionally caused to “get back” at the “rich landlord” (who, after paying expenses associated with the property for a single month is lucky enough to net a huge $48).

    Why would someone want to get back at a landlord? Because the someone is convinced that the world owes him/her a living, including the landlord. When the landlord can’t afford to pay his/her own mortgage, much less the one on the rental house, because the renter hasn’t paid rent in months, the eviction notice makes the renter angry and vengeful.

    Such behavior is not unlike the damage and destruction wrought on homes by people who blame their mortgage company for holding a gun to their head and saying, “You had better spend more than you can afford or I’ll blow your brains out. If you don’t buy, even though you’re telling me you can’t afford it, this 5-bedroom, 4-bath luxury home, that’s it. You’re gone.” Yes, people who were irresponsible with their money are angry at their mortgage companies. How dare they!

    Really, I should be angry and have damaged at least one of the houses in which I’ve lived. Why? Because I got a bachelor’s degree in a lousy field, and my first job out of college in 1990 paid only $7.35 an hour. In fact, it wasn’t until 2005 that I finally got my first decent-paying job, at $20.98 per hour for 40 hours a week. Being a salaried position, I was expected to work from 7 a.m. or earlier to as late as possible, midnight or longer. Despite being paid practically nothing, I was lucky with my first job to be able to work a lot of overtime. I lived in a little trailer which was ugly but I kept it neat and tidy and saved my money. I felt so lucky when I was able to put down $25,000 I had saved for more than a decade on my first home, a newly-built 3-bedroom, 2-bath for $67,000. I chose my home’s location for the area, the HOA (which later disbanded) and its proximity to my next job, which paid less, $6 an hour, than my first one. It was like a slap in the face to me when my boss told me what I would make, which he said was “$1 more than the job pays because you have a degree.”

    Was I mad? Yes. But more than that, I was hurt. Did I go home and damage my house? Hell, no. Did I keep saving money, even on $6 an hour? Yes. I wanted to furnish my house. I also wanted to have lower mortgage payments. During the mortgage qualification process, I was told than an adjustable rate mortgage would be better than a fixed-rate mortgage. Knowing that the adjustable rates were lower at that time than the fixed rate didn’t sway me. I wanted a fixed-rate mortgage. The percentage of my mortgage payment might have been higher than others’, at 7 percent, but I knew it could never go any higher. I still don’t know why people choose ARMs. How can anyone believe interest rates would never go any higher, ever? Maybe there aren’t any realists exept me out there anymore.

    What we need to keep people from damaging properties like this one is 1. sites like this showing photos like these 2. names of the people who did this type of damage to a beautiful property 3. posters made up with this information made available at Starbucks, grocery stores, pharmacies, online to other landlords, to Realtors, etc. 4. to publicly shame and criticize those who have intentionally done this type of damage to a property and its owner 5. to educate those who have no knowledge of how to care for a home on how to maintain a home’s systems, how to clean, etc. 6. perhaps eventually push for a law that will punish renters for intentionally causing severe damage.

  • 13 Holly // Jul 29, 2009 at 8:46 am

    So sad to see such a cute house trashed and damaged in such a way! Were these renters?

  • 14 cap // Aug 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    What’s scary is they obviously had children. Poor kids!

  • 15 bugeye // Aug 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Where did the property owner or manager live that they couldn’t check on the property….. Mars?

  • 16 Josh // Aug 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    That is unbelievably atrocious……how do people do this? How can they live with themselves….sitting in that putrid filth like it’s no big deal? It just astounds me that this happens….it’s not a third world nation here….a mud hut in Somalia would be nicer than this place. The house will have to completely gutted……there is no salvaging anything in there…or just demolish it altogether. People are so weird….

  • 17 Marianna in Portland // Oct 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I have to say, a lot of this damage seems like it is due in part to neglect from the owner. My parents own a few rental properties and have a very small staff that manage and tend to them. They do “drive bys” once or twice a month to see that at minimum the yard and exterior is being cared for. Every few months they do mold and pest checks, which also gives the maintenance man a chance to see that in general the home is being well cared for without seeming too “big brother”. And they really encourage renters to report any kind of problem with the property be it plumbing, roofing/weathering, pests and whatever else needs tending to. Oh and of course, a previous rental reference! If they have a negative one, they ain’t getting approved. If they have none, the safety deposit is increased and the lease term is very short with option to extend upon inspection of property at the end of the term. There are a lot of fair and cost effective for both parties steps that can be taken to prevent this kind of thing from happening more often. It really is a shame about that house.

  • 18 kenneth // Oct 11, 2009 at 7:51 am

    You should be able to prosecute scum like this.

  • 19 Valerie Evans // Nov 7, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Surprisingly, I think the home still shows a little bit of potential. I’ve flipped a few properties similar to this. Sure, you’ll have to put at least $100k into it, but it still has a little gleam of hope.

  • 20 Jess // Nov 9, 2009 at 10:55 am

    This is profoundly upsetting. What makes people live this way? Depression? Apathy? They obviously don’t care about their own welfare, their children’s or their pets’. I feel sad!

  • 21 Myke Locksmith // Jan 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    OMG! This is terrible. What the heck is wrong with people? It truly makes me sad to see something like this. I’ve been going through your site today, chuckling at most of the images, but this post is beyond disturbing. I hope they demolish this house and build something beautiful there in its place.

  • 22 annmarie smith // Jan 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    This is really very atrocious and trifling how can
    anyone be willing to live like pigs this way.
    It had to have been very uncomfortable living this way.

  • 23 hannah grame // Mar 11, 2010 at 10:57 am

    this is nasty i dont see how these people live like this i would never live like this never in my life at all…………………………………………………..

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  • 25 Barb // Mar 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    This is not the worst Ive seen. In 2006 the police knocked on a neighbours door only to have it crash down due to termites. When they entered they thaught the neighbour must have died for the smell. Black up the walls everywhere. have no idea knows what it was. Piles of books with termite nests in them. Black stuff all over bath (unknown). Looked like thick dirty oil everywhere up walls over cooktop. i know what you mean by you were risking your health. it was so bad it made it into the news.

  • 26 Six // May 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm


  • 27 Nicole Kelly // Jul 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    OMG, that is a crying shame. What a waste of a really nice little property. Where were the owners while all this damage and deterioration was going on? I know the tenants were bad but it’s the owner’s investment on the line. An ounce of prevention, sheesh!

  • 28 steve // Nov 2, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I’ll take it for free!

  • 29 Kelly // Jun 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    What’s going on with the outside is a HUGE indication of what’s going on inside. If you are a landlord and your tenant never calls for repairs, BEWARE!!! There is a reason! They do not want you to see what they’ve done to your property. If I were a landlord, I’d write it into the lease that a home inspection would be done every quarter, just to (hopefully) avoid some of this issue. I can’t understand, however, how people can LIVE this way. And how can they afford to leave so much stuff behind, they have to replace it (furniture, clothing, etc) when they move. I don’t understand it at all, none of it.

  • 30 Kelly // Jun 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Oh – and how do I know this? I just traveled from my home to visit a distant relative that I’ve never met (young couple with four young children) and help them out with packing & moving. I can’t even describe the FILTH of their townhouse. And it was on a military base. The first day I was there, the 1/2 bath downstairs overflowed with feces all over the floor & into the carpet (which was jumping with fleas). I thought they’d call maintenance right away, since obviously, they don’t own the place & it wouldn’t cost them anything.

    Nope. They left it. For 3 days. With bath towels soaking up the mess. I finally couldn’t stand it and found some rubber gloves, threw the towels away and dumped a bottle of bleach on the floor. And went into a hotel. It kills me that those kids have to live that way. And the worst part is? They said “oh, at least we’re not DIRTY like some people, just a little CLUTTERED”

  • 31 Mike // Sep 22, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    How do we know that they didn’t live a nice clean lifestyle and then all this water damage made them get what they could and rush out — all the things thrown outside and wrecked because of the water damage ????? Ya never know — But I think that the paint job in the bathroom explains it a bit also – maybe they were insane or druggies – whatever its unfortunate — Unreal !! Peace ~ Mike

  • 32 Leif // Sep 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Mike, I was there and took the photos. It was months or years of accumulated stuff. The water damage was in the hallway, not the living room, the storage room, the yard, the kitchen. The junk was spread throughout the property. Total pig sty.

  • 33 Gina // Oct 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    These are the type of pigs that should not be allowed to have kids or pets! What pigs! I mean really, WHO lives like that? Total TRASHY SCUM!

  • 34 tiana // Feb 3, 2012 at 9:18 am


  • 35 Melissa // Feb 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Tiana, you would, in fact, be the world’s biggest pig if you lived there. In fact, calling the people there “pigs” would be a compliment. Do you not see how disturbing and egregious these conditions are– a massive roof leak, furniture thrown all over the place, food sitting out, cabinet doors ripped off, and the list goes on and on. Do you really think that these people were benevolent and innocent, and that they cared about their home, and they just couldn’t help that this once beautiful little home fell into such shocking disrepair? This doesn’t happen if you’re just too busy to clean– you’ll get clutter and dirt buildup but NOTHING compared to this. So don’t go whining that we might be hurting other people’s feelings, because these tramps FEEL NOTHING.
    And by the way, isn’t it insensitive and mean to call someone fat and tell them to shut up? Isn’t it racist and hurtful to Africans to tell a “bad person” to go move to their country? If you’re going to be the politically correct, bleeding-heart liberal speech police officer you’re playing as, act by your own damn laws.
    And a loud raspberry concludes this angry rant. PBPBPBPBPBHHHHT!

  • 36 Trista // Nov 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Tiana was probably the tenant!

  • 37 Prince // Apr 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Are these people animals or not. They should force them to live in tents.

  • 38 David // Apr 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Was the house foreclosed? I’m thinking homeless squatters.

  • 39 Lynn // Oct 27, 2013 at 7:47 am

    People who live like this are not good enough to get life in prison. Perfect example of human vermin. Not only do they destroy property whether it be their’s, the bank’s or a landlord, but they ruin the property value of their surrounding NEIGHBORS/NEIGHBORHOOD. This is also an example of one of the seven deadly sins: SLOTH and should most definitely be illegal but as I said, prison is too good for these types of vermin. There children should be taken from them and they should be exterminated like the cockroaches they imitate. Makes one really rethink Hitler’s obsession with eugenics (minus the pointless racism) and Aleister Crowleys profound statement: “Ignorance will reproduce itself until it’s weary of it’s offspring.” Yes he was a Satanist which I’m against but that was definately an accurate statement judging by this type of thing which, of course is exacerbated by the unjust welfare system that encourages people to feel entitled to live off the tax dollars of those who are responsible for themselves and their families and by the US Banker Puppet Government’s purposeful allowance of illegal aliens to pour into this nation and help themselves to the welfare and free health and education forced upon the hardworking middle class while we are forced to pay out the a$$$$ for our own. Democrat plus Republican = Banker Owned Freemasons pretending to be for the people but everything they do is against us. It’s a charade for the New World Order Satanic Illuminti PIGS starting all the wars and turning America into a third world nation to gain control of it.

  • 40 James // Dec 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Does anyone know what has become of this house? It’s been about 4 years…did someone return it to its former glory?

  • 41 Jordan // Feb 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Melissa, you ***ing ****. Do you realize that not everybody who lives in a disgusting house wants to live that way? I live in a house with five people and five animals( 4 cats, 1 dog), I want to keep all of the house clean, but three of the other people who live here don’t care about cleanliness, nor do they clean up after themselves. So no matter how much cleaning I even do, those ****ers are always there causing a mess right the **** away. The house never stays clean, so before you ****ing judge people on ****, maybe take time to learn what kind of ****ed up situation they’re in, or ****ing support them. I’m ready to throw my whole life away because I have to live in a house where nobody cleans, or gives a **** about cleaning it up. I’d rather live on the streets where anything could happen. At least the streets look more clean than where I have to live. Think before you speak, there are so many injustices in this world that it makes me sick I have to live on a planet with people like you. Let alone just about anybody. A much louder raspberry concludes my comment than yours, and trust me… you can not out raspberry me. Just try. SSSPPPLLLORRRCCCHHHHPPPPPBBBBLLLLIIIIBBBPPPRRRRHHHTTTTPBHHPHHHHHHH TTTTTRRRAAARTHHHTT!!!!!!! I will duel you in raspberry match, and end up getting arrested because of noise and indecency.

  • 42 Emo // Jul 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    So tragic. I held my nose just looking at the pictures. It appears that children lived in this fifth which is that saddest part about it all. There is definitely an underlying issue – this is not just laziness. Mental illness or drugs have to be at play here; how could any sane person allow it to get this bad?!?

  • 43 Thomas // May 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

    we work out of middlesex part of Boston, but that’s the kind of work we do 617-630-9622 ask for Tom

  • 44 Clere // Jun 28, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Leif, is the house still standing?

  • 45 Leif // Jun 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Clere, I can’t remember the address to confirm. I’d bet it is there & renovated, because it’s brick construction.

  • 46 Jan Griffiths // Sep 13, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Call Servpro–like it never happened.

  • 47 Shocking // Oct 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Never rent out your property, renters don’t care about drying wet laundry indoors, leaving bedroom windows open at night so as to prevent damp or anything. They will scratch your kitchen counters, walk on the carpet with verruca’s on their feet, let their friends trek their pets indoors with them when they come to visit and things you would never want in your own house. This place is an abomination!!!!!

  • 48 tom nail // Jul 5, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I hope the people who lived in this house are in jail for about 10 years!

  • 49 Ella // Sep 3, 2017 at 10:23 am

    If they were renters, the ceiling wasn’t their responsibility… shame on them and their landlord

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