Back in 2005, developers offered octogenarian Edith Macefield a cool million for her small century-old house in Seattle. They wanted to build a retail and office complex on the land where it stood. But Macefield was opposed to the development and refused their offer. Soon a drab gray building grew up around the 1,000-square-foot house, and Macefield got an L.A. Fitness Center as her new neighbor. The story made news across the nation, and even became promotional fodder for the Disney movie Up, which has an elderly protagonist. Macefield, a true symbol of passive resistance, lived there until her death in 2008 at age 86. Now, America's most famous hold-out house is going up for foreclosure auction on March 13.
The big plot twist was that Macefield willed her house to the construction superintendent Barry Martin, whom she had become friendly with during her years of obstructing the developers he worked for. Martin sold it to a company called Reach Returns, which claimed it was going to preserve the home, and even elevate it to height of the surrounding retail stores, but now they owe $185,956.04 on the property, and so that's not going to happen. Apparently, Ballard Blocks (the original developer) designed the retail and office complex to be able to expand onto the house's land, so perhaps they will buy it and finally get their way. Hope not, though!
· Ballard's Edith Macefield House is Going Up for Auction [Curbed Seattle]