Before I start this, I'd just like to acknowledge that this post really needs a picture, but I just can't do it.
There is a house within a stone's throw of mine that sat vacant for the first eight years I lived in Woodland. Yes, that was during the time that housing prices just kept rising. (Also during the time that prices fell back down again.) The first real sign of economic recovery I believe in was the fact that this house sold last year.
I have no idea what this house looks like on the inside, but in a neighborhood filled with Victorians and Craftsman houses, it looks like a 1970's duplex even though it's just a single family dwelling. The 70's had many things going for it (disco! bean bag chairs! lawn darts!), but it was a low point for architecture and if even I notice that sort of thing you know it must be bad.
So, essentially this was an ugly house to begin with (although it does have a pool, of which I am mildly covetous).
Then a few weeks ago they painted it. Normally that would be a good thing, but there are two problems:
1) The color is a bilious green. It's really, really hideous.
2) To compound the color problem, they painted the whole house one color. The walls, the trim, the front door, the garage door, the fence, everything.
So yeah, it looks like the 70's vomited up something in my neighborhood.
On the other hand, sure, it's ugly, but it lowers the bar and I don't feel so bad about my lawn.