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My neighbor went nuts!

Original post made by Losing Equity, Pleasanton Meadows, on May 26, 2009

Well nuts with a paint brush. Ok my neighbor just painted his house or at least all the trim. He obviously picked the color out himself because no professional would recommend the color. I'd call it an industrial blue, as in those hospital exit signs on the highway, or the trim on an Exxon gas station. We don't have a homeowners association but are there any city regulations that anybody knows about? No accounting for taste but we plan on selling within the next two years and it might be considered an eyesore at best by possible buyers, at worst the sign that a loony lives next door.

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Posted by Write a letter??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Hi there,

Wow. THAT blue? That's a bummer.

Perhaps you could write a kind letter and just tell them that you really don't mean to offend them, but the color doesn't really mesh well in the neighborhood? Realizing that you all have to look at it from inside your house, they don't from inside theirs.

If you have the guts to write it and sign it, perhaps you could offer to help with painting?

This is where the DIY'ers are getting crazy. Some things should be done by a professional.

I don't know anything about the city rules, if any. I'm in an HOA...but we have our own issues...


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Posted by ???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Losing Equity: If you don't like the color, move or buy your neighbor out. As a homeowner, she has every right to paint her house any color she damn well please.

Quit your whining and go back to your soap operas. It's people like you that irritates rational people like me. Get a life!


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 12:04 am

Sounds like YOU are the "nut".


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Posted by Wendy
a resident of another community
on May 27, 2009 at 6:24 am

There are worse colors they could've picked, trust me.

Try living next door to someone with a bright pink house and orange shutters with that tacky "fake grass" carpet stuff on their porch.

Anyway, if you're selling, don't stress it...maybe the potential buyer might like that good 'ol Kentucky Blue color.


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Posted by LOL!!
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2009 at 7:14 am

What's the address?


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 27, 2009 at 8:18 am

Losing Equity -- Trust me -- there are far bigger things happening in the world today, as well as here in town, that will have far greater impact to your equity than someone's trim color choice.

Get real.


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Posted by Suzie
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

Remember when they painted the Pleasanton Hotel those horrible colors? Now it just blends in, chill out Equity, maybe they are trend setters and you are stuck in the dark ages.


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Posted by Losing Equity
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2009 at 10:17 am

Write a letter?? - I agree with you and thought I might try the, "Doesn't look how you thought it would, huh? Let me help you fix it." I don't want to start a feud and so I want to be gentle as possible.

???- You sound unreasonable and I'm glad you are not my neighbor no matter how you paint your house. Your rational idea of moving or buying their home sounds great. I was mad at the service at Wal Mart so I'm buying them out so I'm a little low on investment capital right now. Oh and soap operas? Funny, never seen one and I'm not sure if they even make them anymore.

Gary- I'm a nut alright. I think they painted it like that so they can listen to my thoughts.

Wendy- Very true.

LOL!!- I didn't want to list their address but if you follow W. Las Positas East bound to the end and don't see it you must not think it's that bad.

Another Gatetree Resident- True about 'bigger problems'. But I was hoping to be able to do something about this one. I wonder how much of your time is taken up by environmental concerns, the sick, disabled, and impoverished. If you are not then you can always pull the 'bigger problems' out of your A. Then don't post about Measure G, blah, blah, blah.

Suzie- I hear you but the Pleasanton Hotel was painted with the original colors. Black and white photos make us think everything was a little more refined and classy then the actually were. Maybe I'm stuck in the dark ages. The serfs that work my fields keep saying that too.


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Posted by Chill Out
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 10:40 am

Losing Equity, professional help is out there for you.


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on May 27, 2009 at 11:26 am

Posted by Losing Equity, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood

Another Gatetree Resident- True about 'bigger problems'. But I was hoping to be able to do something about this one. I wonder how much of your time is taken up by environmental concerns, the sick, disabled, and impoverished. If you are not then you can always pull the 'bigger problems' out of your A. Then don't post about Measure G, blah, blah, blah.

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You are assuming I am not involved in the areas you mention -- when in fact I am. I am also involved in improving the lives of other living creatures beyond that of mankind.

Bottom line -- in the grand scheme of things, paint colors are minor and much easier to change. Unless you live in a neighborhood with an HOA and want to deal with that politics, there is little you can do other than talking to your neighbor and seeing if maybe you can somehow compromise. Would you be willing to pay for a few gallons of paint if you had input to a new color choice? That might work.

Just a thought. Sometimes I do have them when I manage to pull my head out of my A...*LMAO*


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Posted by Val
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on May 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

Well my neighbor painted hers purple but not a thing I can do about it except think about Barney.


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Posted by Pick you battles
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2009 at 11:38 am

My advise: Leave your neighbor alone. Trim color is way, way done the list of things to be concerned about. I would be highly offended if any of my neighbors complained or made suggestions about what I needed to do with my property. Is my lawn and front yard kept up? Do I take car of my vehicles? Do I avoid having loud parties? These are bigger issues that will impact the value the neighborhood.

At the end of the day, if I want to paint my house black with pink trim, there is nothing my neighbors or the city can do about it (no HOA were I live). I have no plans to paint my home any time soon! ;)


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Posted by Losing Equity
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Another Gatetree Resident - My point is not that you, I or anyone else doesn't do more important things. I assume nothing about you. My point is unless those bigger issues are what is being discussed then the "More important things in life" argument can be thrown in. As in, "Another Gatetree Resident there are more important things out there for you to do then comment on this thread. There are starving children…" So go do something more important. You might as well throw in more clichés like, 'It's all relative' and 'At least you have your health'. When people discuss or complain about political issues don't forget to throw in, 'America is still the best country in the world and if you don't like it move to (fill in the blank)'.

Val- Sorry about that.

Pick your battles- I hear you but there are certain laws about the bigger things you mention and you can be ticketed for them, or at least the noise violation one. I was asking what people would do and if there are any city ordinances. Dublin has an unsightly law, do we? If so who's the judge of it? The cop in the patrol car that says "Environmental Police"? There really is one if you didn't know that. There is also one that says "Traffic Abatement" which I think tickets cars parked anywhere too long. Anyway I don't want to anger or offend; I might end up living next door to a plaid painted house.


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Posted by Pick you battles
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Losing Equity, I gave you advice -- leave your neighbor alone. :)


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Posted by Write a letter???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Wow,

Losing Equity, I feel your pain and these posters are totally putting salt in the wound! These posters seriously have a hair up thier butt! Always nice to ask a sincere question and get the hammer in response. WOW PEOPLE! Chill out! He just actually likes his community and wants to keep it better than Dublin where property values are lower. Ever consider that??

Nothing worse than living next to an eye-sore. There is a reason that phrase exists!

I live in the Pleasanton Meadows, so I will do a "drive by" and look for the house. If I see the owner, I'll try to help out your cause and yell from my car, "That paint color sucks...your poor neighbors!!...You still have time to change it!"

Maybe that will give you the "opening" to ask if they need help. Obviously everyone else will be too busy ending poverty while we do the real dirty work.

Gosh, people. We live in the suburbs, where we all want a nice neighborhood, NOT the 'hood. Give it a rest!!


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Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on May 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Don't worry about the trim, the foreclosure sales around here are more likely to affect your sale price.

Blue is a good color, I would preffer it over these fall type colors like oranges and browns that seem so popular lately.

You should have seen this house my realative showed me in another town, she jokingly called it the "halloween house" It had a lot of trim and shutters painted in pumpkin orange, and purple. The house itself was cream colored. Their dead lawn added to the effect.


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Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on May 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

They could have always gone with a Killer Budgie motif:
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Posted by Losing Equity
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Write a letter??? - Too funny. Like I said maybe some would think it's fine. Thanks for the support.
There are worse, there are bigger problems. I'm just a little bummed, but maybe it's been worth it. All the other nebs and I have been bonding over how we all hate it. Also the longest thread I've ever created on PW forum so people relate one way or another. Hearing all the criticism also has been fun and better than hearing or talking about G.


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Posted by Art Burn
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Bel- Now that's art.


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Posted by Write a letter???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Losing Equity,

You're welcome for the support. I think everyone is SO frustrated with the recent election, on edge from the economy, and torn about the parcel tax that they are in instant defense mode and super defensive.

If they had a hand gun, they probably shoot Santa if he came down the chimney.

You asked a totally legit question and got the attic full of Grandma's boxes of dishes piled on your head.

I remember when me and my spouse came to the TriValley checking out the area. We luckily went through Ptown first and saw the for-the-most-part houses that looked normal. Then we went into Dublin and Livermore. Whoa. Let's just say that our family would not choose the white rock in place of a lawn look for several reasons.

The Pleasanton Hotel was originally painted in Victorian colors because in the Victorian days, most houses were in foggy areas near shipping ports where those societies started. As the settlers moved east they just brought along the color scheme until they too noticed it sucked.

There is the exact reason we have moved to the earth tones. I just can't get over your neighbor's choice of color!

One thing is for sure...the tone on this thread is so defensive, if we count up how many there are, I bet we could correlate it to how many houses in town have similar color-schemes! LOL.

Hang in there.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Does this house face Hopyard, towards the downtown area? If so, I HAVE SEEN IT! I don't live in the neighborhood, but drive down Hopyard frequently and it definitely is an eye sore! It's laughable.


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Posted by unclehomerr
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm


The East end of W.Las Positas?? The Livermore end??? Nobody ever goes out there!! Don't worry 'bout it.

unclehomerr..


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Posted by Another Gatetree Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Posted by Losing Equity, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood
Another Gatetree Resident - My point is not that you, I or anyone else doesn't do more important things. I assume nothing about you. My point is unless those bigger issues are what is being discussed then the "More important things in life" argument can be thrown in. As in, "Another Gatetree Resident there are more important things out there for you to do then comment on this thread. There are starving children…" So go do something more important. You might as well throw in more clichés like, 'It's all relative' and 'At least you have your health'. When people discuss or complain about political issues don't forget to throw in, 'America is still the best country in the world and if you don't like it move to (fill in the blank)'.
______________________

So I guess my suggestion was an effort in wasted typing. I'll remember that on future posts authored by you.


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Posted by What?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Mom,

Hey!!

That's MY house!

I was in a "blue mood" when I painted it!


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Posted by Losing Equity
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Uncle Homerr- Las Positas is in Livermore. West Las Positas is in Pleasanton.
Another Gatetree Resident- Thanks for understanding.


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Posted by My 2/100
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm

A good rule of thumb: Unless it is something like criminal activity, it's best to ignore 95% of what your neighbor does.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm


Read my post again, losing equity. W. Las Positas is the street to which I referred. I know where 'Las Positas' is... and I know where 'West Las Positas' is. W. Las Positas is usually an acceptable abbreviation so one doesn't have to type WEST Las Positas everytime. Oh, sure, I could copy it to notepad and save the retyping.. but, that would take all the fun out of it.

I used to live in 'The Meadows'. Know where that is?? Or, do I have to type Pleasanton Meadows everytime, too??

I moved away because there was an 'all blue' house at the end of Crofters Court and I figured everyone was a little loony. I know the lady I was living with was. That was 25 years ago. I'll bet someone bought his excess blue at a yard sale and just got around to using it.

unclehomerr..


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Posted by so then you know homerr
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 27, 2009 at 11:47 pm

U. Homerr. I know you fancy yourself as clever, witty, funny, smart, etc. I guess it was a hilarious joke but W. Las Positas is not in Livermore, and ends at Kirkcaldy in P-Town. Las Positas is in Livermore not Pleasanton. My comment had nothing to do with the W.=West. It was just a comment on the joke. The premise was flawed and just not funny. Let the Onion be funny you just keep being an annoying know-it-all that posts endlessly.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm


If I said the Livermore end or the Foothill end... would you then know which end of WLP I was referring to???? I KNOW WLP doesn't 'go' to Livermore.. Stoneridge Drive does!

unk..


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Posted by another neighbor
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Just drove by this evening - holy &%$@ that is one heck of a color! SO hideously loud - it is crystal clear to which house you refer as one drives down the street! I am sorry you need to live next to that - I swear it is *so* loud it would keep me awake! The house next to us used to be an eyesore - for 9 years we had to live with it - finally it was foreclosed upon - and the new owners have fixed it up nicely...but it really stinks to have to endure that...


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Posted by Itsux
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

It's pretty bad. The 'body' color has not been changed yet and if it does watch out. It may get a whole lot worse.
Losing Equity- Are you who I think you are? Dog, Nova?


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