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The House That Eats People is back on the market. I guess that means no more mariachi.

They had an open house this weekend, so we went over to see what they'd done with the place. They've done a lot! And they've done it very quietly; we had no idea there was such an extensive remodel going on. Now it looks like a fairly reasonable, although small, house. All the floors are the same level and everything. You walk into what is effectively a wide hallway leading to the open-plan kitchen. They've got it staged with a couch and a coffee table, but it's really more a hallway than a living room; there's very little public space. The two bedrooms are each reasonably large, and the bathrooms are nice. They've moved some of the fruit trees to the edges of the yard and put in a great big rectangle of grass.

Given the subtlety of the construction, they can't have changed the underlying structure all that much, so although you should always hire an inspector when purchasing a home, in this case what I tell you three times is true and you should hire an inspector, hire an inspector, for the love of god hire an inspector. But if you want a wee house with a lot of outdoor space, and you want to live across the street from us, and you don't mind negotiating the sellers down from their ludicrously hopeful price, come take a look!

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Incidentally, my guess as to the reason why the center hallway was formerly higher than the rooms to the side of it is that it was the original trailer. Or possibly trolley. You can still see a bit of the curved roof of whatever-it-was poking out of the left-hand wall.

Do I recall correctly that the flyer dates it to 1940? Or am I making that up?

Yup, 1940.

But surely if it had been built around a trailer or train car or whatever it was that it looked like they wouldn't have been able to open up the kitchen so much, would they? You can't just pull a trailer out of the middle of a building and leave it standing. Can you?

You probably could do that, with sufficient monkeying, but I can't imagine doing it to that house, on that lot, without being Really Obvious about it.

So, either that center section wasn't built around a trailer/train-car with a metal frame despite appearances, or they somehow dealt with the frame in place -- and that seems rather unlikely.

I guess it was just built around a trolley-sized shed. I had another look at the vestige-of-roof, and it's not curved like I remembered it.

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