3. Seattle’s Up House

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Until the end of her life, Edith Macefield refused to sell her 600 square foot bungalow in Seattle, even for reported offers of $1 million. Macefield died in 2008, but her renown in Seattle is documented by The New York Times, who writes that she “blasted opera from her windows as the construction cranes roared, and told stories to visitors about her derring-do during World War II as an undercover agent in Europe.”

The building was sold after her death but the next owner went into mortgage foreclosure. A North Carolina investment company took over the property, but the zoning prevents any residential use for the plot of land without a variance from the city. With such restraints and the towering commercial buildings around it, demolition is likely, and people are starting to visit from around the world to pay their respects (and leave balloons). Interestingly though, as the Times reports, “the seller would like some commemoration of Ms. Macefield and her life, and even might take a lower offer if it properly honored her legacy.”